Taurus USA reenters Cowboy Action Pistol Market, Acquires Heritage Manufacturing

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Taurus USA has acquired Heritage Manufacturing, a Floridian manufacturer specializing in old west style single action revolvers. Heritage main product line is their Rough Rider .22 LR/Mag combo revolver although they also make single action revolvers chambered in .32 H&R Mag, .45 LC and .357 Magnum.

Heritage is a good fit for Taurus. Heritage is also based in Florida. They both produce revolvers at the budget price point. Taurus USA exited the cowboy action pistol market a few years ago when they discontinued the Taurus Gaucho. By all accounts the Gaucho had a number issues. The Heritage Rough Rider competed directly with the Gaucho, with the former being considered a better gun.

It should be noted that Taurus, via. their Rossi band, import lever action rifles and shotguns popular with cow boy action shooters.

Rough Rider .22 LR/Mag 6.5″ Simulated Case Hardened Finish
Rough Rider .22 LR/Mag Satin Finish
Rough Rider .375 Magnum
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • George George on May 12, 2012

    I must be the minority, because my Gauco stainless .45 runs like a dream. Accurate, exc balance and no issues so far. I admit to having had issues with the PT145, but otherwise all good.

  • Doc J Doc J on Jul 20, 2012

    Having several Gauchos of different barrel lengths in .357 and .45, all of which have always functioned flawlessly, and, in my experience, are tigher fit and faster handling than the vaunted Ruger Vaquero, I am constantly bewildered by reports of inferior quality. I'd like to find another 7 1/2" stainless Gaucho in .357, but Gauchos of all types have virtually dried up on all of the auction sites. People who have them and know how good they are, and that they will not be made again, must be hanging on tightly to what they have.
    In my opinion, Taurus should have stayed with the Gaucho.