New Gun: Cimarron’s El Malo

Cimarron El Malo

Cimarron announced a new line of revolvers called the El Malo. Part of the company’s value line of handguns, the El Malo is available in six variations. Three of the guns are chambered in .357 Magnum while the remaining three share the same features as the first, but are chambered in .45 Colt.

The first model is the PP400MALO with a 4.75″ octagon barrel. Weighing in at 2.5 pounds, this revolver has a color case hardened frame and smooth walnut grips. It is chambered in .357 while the model PP410MALO is the .45 Colt model.

The next model is the PP401MALO. It has an octagon barrel that is 5.5″ long. A blued finish with a color case hardened frame is standard. Guns of both calibers also weigh about 2.5 pounds according to Cimarron. If you want the .45 Colt version, it is model PP411MALO.

Wrapping up this new line of revolvers is the 7.5 barreled versions. These also have a blued finish, color case hardened frame and smooth walnut grips. Oddly, the company lists the weight of these guns at 2.5 pounds also. I’m guessing that someone entered the wrong information in the system on the weights. The .357 model is the PP405MALO while the .45 Colt is PP415MALO.

All of the guns – regardless of caliber and barrel length – carry a suggested retail of $544.74.

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  • Oronzi

    Made by whom? WHere?

    • Anonymoose

      Probably some guy’s garage in Bumfvck, Spain or Middle-of-Nowhere, Turkey…

  • BattleshipGrey

    As if gun owners don’t already have a negative stigma, let’s name this one “the bad”.

    • Anonymoose

      It’s more of a B-Western “bad” thing, meant to conjur images of sneering men in black with twirly mustaches tying women to train tracks.

      • iksnilol

        You had me at tying women.


    • Major Tom

      Dang, beat me to it. I was gonna ask the same question. “Why did they name a line of revolvers ‘The Bad’ in Spanish?”

      It’s almost like they didn’t learn from the Chevy Nova urban legend.

      • iksnilol

        Or the Ford Kuga (Kuga means “plague” in all Balkan languages, possibly in other Slavic languages as well)

      • RocketScientist

        In common usage in spanish, “el malo” has connotations closer to “the evil one” or “the bad guy”. I’m assuming its supposed to hearken to some spaghetti western black-hat villain meme.

    • Swarf

      They’re coming out with El Feo and El Bueno also, they just released in the wrong order.

    • RocketScientist

      In common usage in spanish, “el malo” has connotations closer to “the evil one” or “the bad guy” in english. I’m assuming its supposed to hearken to some spaghetti-western black-hat villain meme.

  • Anonymoose

    Uberti turns out some really high quality stuff. This must be their bargain bin as well…

  • 11b

    Perfect for hipster concealed carry in a bespoke farm-to-table renewable leather holster.

    • Edeco

      Well, being farm-to-table isn’t visually evident, so it can throw off my virtue signalling anyway. Better to go with waxed canvas 😀

      • Martin M

        Besides. Waxed canvas is probably vegan friendly.

        • Bob

          Wax? Vegan? Wax comes from bees, and vegans try to avoid any animal or in this case insect products. Neither leather nor waxed anything qualify.

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            There has never been a vegan that made the connection you just made.

            Side note, does all wax come from bees?

          • Hinermad

            Carnauba wax comes from a variety of palm tree, so I figure accessories made from carnauba waxed hemp canvas should score major virtue points.

          • Charles Applegate

            Only if it’s from a fair-trade sustainable harvest cooperative plantation…

          • guest

            No. Hinermad has mentioned carnauba wax, and there is also paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum.

          • Edeco

            Not always, I mean, it could be from petroleum or plants. Anyway the important thing is that I signal virtue; long as no one knows for sure it’s bees wax, mission accomplished.

          • Martin M

            Vegetable wax? Some people are never happy. 🙁

  • alex waits

    I wonder how many “Cowboy” guns are being sold since Magnificent Seven came out.

  • Ken

    I think I like the traditional round barrel better, but good for them for offering options. It’s cheap enough to do that since it probably just requires a different barrel and ejector housing.

  • Disarmed in CA

    I’ll take a Ruger on rye, hold El Malo

  • Mike

    I would like a short barrel version, probably 3 1/2 inch

    • Marcus D.

      The 4 3/4 length balances well in the hand. The 3 1/2 was developed for shooting on horseback for competition, and I’d bet no one shoots full power cartridges–that’d be a handful! One of those guns you get in .38/.357, not .45.

    • guest

      I agree. I wouldn’t say no to a 3 1/2″ version in .357 Magnum, if the price was right.

      And yes, it’d be a handful. That’s part of the fun.

  • Andrew

    Octagonal barrel on a revolver is no bueno.

    • Marcus D.

      Although I understand that modern clones are more for fashion than historical authenticity, I still don’t like it. It’s like seeing an 1851 Colt Navy in .44 cal—its…its…its just WRONG!

  • Marcus D.

    Cimarron sells both Uberti and Pietta. If I was a betting man, I’d say this is a Pietta. Pietta bevels the front of the cylinder more than Uberti does, and also generally has better color in its case hardening.

  • jerry young

    Not knowing the company or if their guns are quality guns or not my thought is it looks the same as most western singles, there’s nothing to stand them apart from the crowd, it is a good looking gun and if you like old western style guns this looks to fit the bill

    • Tim Pearce

      They’re decent enough in terms of fit and finish. It may just be the picture above, but it looks like they’re skimping on the finish part on this series.
      Either way, either Uberti makes them for Cimarron, or Cimarron makes them for Uberti. The only thing I don’t like about them is that they are *too* authentic, and you’re advised to do the “load one, skip one, load four” thing, as it will go off if dropped on the hammer and the hammer is resting against a live round.

      • Marcus D.

        Uberti and Pietta (I am sure this is a Pietta) are manufacturers, Cimarron a retailer. Both companies make some version of a safe action. The Uberti is a complex system that pushes a pin up inside the hammer to lock the firing pin in place, while Pietta uses a transfer bar system. The transfer bar isn’t too obnoxious, not affecting cocking or trigger pull, but has an annoying couple of extra clicks when releasing the trigger after firing. Nonetheless, Pietta still recommends load one, skip one, load four, even though the firing pin cannot be struck unless the trigger is pulled.

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    Do bad Hombres carry these? I’m calling Hillary…she will issue an executive order to get rid of them!

  • maodeedee

    Having owned “peacemakers” in both 357 and 45 colt, I prefer the 45 for a number of different reasons. One, while the outside diameter of both the barrels and the cylinder is the same diameter, The holes in the barrel and cylinder of the 45 is much larger which means that the gun feels heavier when chambered in 357 mag, therefore the 45 colt has a different feel and a better balance when the gun is loaded.

    The other reason is that the 45 colt has more power even when loaded to lower velocities by virtue of launching a heavier bullet.