Limited Colt SAA Revolvers in Classic Calibers

Colt SAA

Colt Single Action Army revolver fans take note: Talo Distributors Inc announced they are now selling a limited run of new revolvers chambered for the classic .32-20 WCF cartridge.

According to information posted on Talo’s website, Colt’s Manufacturing made a limited run of SAA revolvers for the company. This specific one is limited to 50 guns and will be heading out to the wholesalers shortly.

The gun is finished in royal blue and has wooden stocks. This SAA has a 5.5″ barrel. No pricing information was provided by Talo. Since this revolver is a limited run that was likely made by the Colt Custom Shop, I would expect them to retail for more than the standard SAA guns. Standard Colt SAA revolvers chambered for the .357 Magnum and .45 Colt start at $1,799.

Although Talo did not release much information on the guns, the phrasing of its announcement makes me thing there could be other calibers released after this one. Classic cartridges like the .38-40 WCF and .44-40 WCF could generate significant interest. Of course, if all runs are limited to just 50 units, there would not have to be a lot of demand to quickly sell through them.

The .32-30 WCF cartridge was introduced as a black powder cartridge in the early 1880’s. In addition to revolvers, lever action rifles were also made to chamber the cartridge.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • The Roaring Emptiness

    It’s nice to see that Colt has found time between bankruptcies to make the guns no one is asking for.

    • TechnoTriticale

      Yup. Could have included swappable cylinders for .32-20 and .327 Fed/.32 S&W (which has been done at least once by others).

      Colt didn’t.

      • Mud

        I bet the people that would order a SAA in .327 Fed could be counted on a pair of hands.

        • TechnoTriticale

          re: …people that would order a SAA in .327 Fed could be counted on a pair of hands.

          That 2nd cyl would get you not just .327 Fed, but also .32 H&R Mag, .32S&W {Short}, .32 S&W Long. If that’s not enough…

          Throw in a 3rd cyl for .32 ACP☺
          …and make them all 7-shot.

          This, however, would be way too much innovation for the firm formerly known as Colt, and I wouldn’t want to be the marketing mandarin tasked with forecasting sales.

          • Mark Huett

            You can fire 32 acp from the same cylinder as the 327

          • TechnoTriticale

            re: You can fire 32 acp from the same cylinder as the 327

            Thanks. I wasn’t aware that the .32 ACP had sufficient rim for headspacing that, but it surely appears to. So perhaps the hypothetical 3rd cyl could then be .32 short and long Colt.

  • Mud

    At this point, the Uberti SAA for a tad under $500 beats anything with a Colt roll-mark on the side. This is about as exciting as the new fangled Cobra they put out that is as refined as a chunk of steal from Brazil. Aside from the actual employees livelihoods, this company just needs to die a quick corporate death and be reborn. Just imagine if AOB decided to buy them? That would be a hoot.

    • Nashvone

      Is there a decent reason it should be reborn?

      • Mud

        Other than to carry on the name of the famous brand, no.

    • Goosey

      Beats it in what way? Price, and…? Unlike Colt or even Pietta the Uberti SAAs don’t come with firing pin bushings. Various parts cast. Inferior case color hardening. Not a bad gun by any means, but not the same quality as the [overpriced] Colt.

      • Mud

        Firing pin bushings? How are they valuable and to what end? Have you documented or even heard 3rd hand of any SAA/Clone failures attributed to bushings?

        Don’t let Ruger hear you “cast” aspersions on investment casting!!

        Unless you have your pistol color case hardened by Turnbull, its all just lipstick on a pig. Colt most definitely does not offer this on stock revolvers.

        A couple years ago when colt sold their limited edition blackpowder pistols, I’m pretty sure they were all contract Italian jobs.

        In fact, the Modern Colt company has about as much resemblance to the Colt of old as Springfield Armory ™ has to the real Springfield Armory. The 100% markup buys you a rollmark, nothing else.

  • DR.NUMBERS

    I bet most, if not all, the parts were made by Uberti in Italy. May have been assembled at Colt though. That’s how they’ve handled runs of the ‘classic’ guns in the past.

    I wasn’t sure Uberti made a .32-20 cylinder, in which case that might have been custom made, but it turns out they do in fact make one. So likely the parts were just assembled and finished by Colt, or one of their contractors.

    • Marcus D.

      The black powder series were Uberti parts, some assembled by colt, others under Colt license. I think, though, based on appearance, that the bluing and case coloring was done in the US, as it appears much nicer thant the Uberti product. As to the SAAs, though, my understanding is that these are all original Colts, and all came through the Custom Shop, which is why the prices were sky high and the wait to receive quite long.

      • Chris Roland

        Did they let customers know that those black powder guns were basically Italian replicas before they put their money down? That wouldn’t make me very happy if I spent close to a thousand dollars or maybe more on a “genuine” Colt’s Dragoon and then read an article like this and find out i wasn’t.

  • Uniform223

    Looks around for a metal gear solid reference…

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  • Marcus D.

    One of my local gun stores has a couple three Winchester .32-20s from the early 20th Century sitting around that no one really wants. It really was the first true poodle (or coyote) shooter, since it wasn’t really good for much else. The rifles produce about 1200 fps, the revolver of course less, with an 85 grain bullet, not significantly different that a .36 caliber Colt pistol with its 80 grain ball. I have to assume that it was a popular round back in the day because cowboys did a lot more varminting that hunting with their rifles and pistols, but today the .32 H7R mag or the .327 federal provide a lot more performance.

    I assume that these are intended for the cowboy action shooting crowd, but at a price tag north of $2 grand, I wonder how many will be tempted. I have heard that most of those guys reload–and the .32-20 cartridge is kind of a pain because the case is so thin.

    • Borchardt

      One of the largest whitetail bucks on record was killed with a .25-20. Clearly, deer were a lot easier to kill in the early 1900’s.

      • Marcus D.

        And a small Indian woman in Canada killed a giant grizzly with a .22 LR with a shot to the head behind its ear at near point blank range (less than ten feet, as the story was told). Range and shot placement can take almost anything…but that doesn’t mean it is recommended. And of course, the velocity is significantly increased out of a rifle compared to a revolver. But even then, you are only developing muzzle velocities of about 1200 fps with a bullet double the weight of a .22.

    • maodeedee

      The cartridge is not that hard to reload, you just have to bell the necks so they don’t collapse. And in modern guns the 32-20 can duplicate the ballistics of the 32 H&R and come close to the 327 Federal. The case capacity of the 32-20 is 22 grains of water and for the 327 Federal it’s 19 grains of water.

      Offering an additional cylinder in 327 federal which could also chamber 32 H&R and 32 Long would make a nice package.

      • Mud

        I love caliber diversity, but do you really think there is a business case to be made for resurrecting the 32-20? My single actions are all .44 cal (.429) and I choose to cut down .44 special brass to 44 colt dimensions. There is no way, no how that 44 Colt (modern) will make a comeback regardless of how much I would like it to.

  • maodeedee

    I would like a 32-20 Colt SAA but I’d prefer the 7 1/2 inch barrel.