[SHOT 2016] New Firearms at Taylors/Pedersoli

    The "Ithica" in .45 colt

    Today at SHOT, I swung by both Pedersoli and Taylor’s Firearms respective booths for you SASS shooters and reproduction fans out there.  For those of you who don’t know, Pedersoli produces guns in Italy and Taylor’s imports some of Pedersoli’s catalogue.  First off, at Pedersoli were some gorgeous 86/71 lever actions in .45-70.  There was a very practical model called the “Boarbuster”, one of which had a stainless receiver and barrel paired with a synthetic stock.  The actions cycled very smoothly, and it had a fantastic trigger for a stock levergun.  I was very impressed at the workmanship.

    Top: the "premium" model Bottom: the "Boarbuster" stainless

    Top: the “Premium” 1886 model
    Bottom: the “Boarbuster” 86/71 in stainless

    Better view of the Boarbuster

    Better view of the Boarbuster, blued version is on the bottom

    Next up was a very interesting .45 Colt “Ithica” model, evocative of the 20 gauge Ithica auto and burglar gun of yore.  It will be able to handle .410 shotshells.  Not a practical piece by today’s standards, but a well-made firearm nonetheless.

    The "Ithica" in .45 colt

    The “Ithica” in .45 colt

    Next, expanding upon the “Half-pint Sharps” line, is the “Little Betsy” in .22mag.

    Bottom: Little Betsy in .22mag

    Bottom: Little Betsy in .22mag

    Also, Pedersoli is now making a hand-tuned SAA.


    Over at Taylor’s Firearms, there were some interesting 1886 and 1892 take-down leverguns in .45-70 and .44 Magnum respectively.  The 1886 Ridge Runner Takedown in matte black or chrome was very practical, with a very good “skinner” rear sight where a buckhorn would usually be, and an interesting removable muzzlebrake.  The 1892 in Matte chrome also had a skinner rear sight, with a very big D loop lever.

    1886 "Ridge Runner" take-down rifles at Taylor's

    1886 “Ridge Runner” take-down rifles at Taylor’s

    1892 Alaskan Takedown in .44 Magnum

    1892 Alaskan Takedown in .44 Magnum

    Lastly, Taylor’s Firearms had their new short stroke 1873 cattlemen revolvers on display, with much less distance for the hammer to cover before it was fully cocked.

    Top: short-stroke Bottom: Regular stroke

    Top: short-stroke
    Bottom: Regular stroke

    All told, it was nice to handle and look at all the nice pieces of craftmanship that can still be enjoyed today without potentially ruining the value of an actual museum piece.  I know I came away adding the 1886 or 86/71 to my “someday” list.

    Rusty S.

    Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. Editor at Outdoorhub.com