TFB Review: Cimarron Firearms 1875 Outlaw

Patrik O
by Patrik O

This past winter I found myself rewatching many of the westerns that Netflix had on rotation. Movies including “High Plains Drifter” “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Power of the Dog” and these films really had me wanting a six-shooter of my own to play around with at the range some day. I reached out to Cimarron Firearms and asked if they would be willing to send me a review copy of their 1875 Outlaw in .357 and they were more than happy to send one my way.

Cimarron Firearms was established in 1984, by Mike Harvey in Fredericksburg, Texas, and provides authentic replicas of historical firearms from the American Old West. The company has carved a niche in the firearm industry by replicating the design and functionality of classic guns used during the 19th century. Over the years, the company has imported many classical reproductions from leading Italian manufacturers like Uberti and Pietta to produce a wide range of iconic firearms, including the Colt Single Action Army and the Winchester 1873. One thing I love about their site is that they will often tell you what iconic film characters have wielded for firearms on the silver screen. If you would like to hear more on Cimarron and their connection to Italy I recommend watching this video here.

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The Cimarron Firearms 1875 Outlaw was provided to me by Cimarron and and while I am allowed to keep this firearm after the conclusion of my review, this will not change my opinion on any of Cimarron’s current or future products. Almost all of the ammo for this review was provided by Hornady so a big thank you to all of the guys over there for making that happen!

Specs - Cimarron Firearms 1875 Outlaw

  • Weight - 2 lbs 14oz
  • Available Calibers - .45 COLT, .44 WCF, .357 MAG/.38 SP
  • Barrel Lenth Options - 5.5 inches and 7.5 inches
  • Finish - Standard Blue with a color case hardened frame and hammer
  • Country of Origin - Italy
  • MSRP - $689

History of the Remington Model 1875

The Remington Model 1875 is a single-action revolver introduced by Remington Arms in 1875 (hard to believe, I know) as a competitor to the Colt Single Action Army revolver. Designed for the frontier market, it became popular for its robust construction and reliability. It featured a six-shot cylinder and was chambered in .44 Remington, .44-40, and .45 Colt, making it versatile for various types of ammunition used during the era. Although it did not achieve the same widespread fame as the Colt, the Model 1875 was favored by lawmen and outlaws alike, including famed figures such as Frank James. But does this modern reproduction capture the feel of the original?

Quality and Construction - Cimarron Firearms 1875 Outlaw

Being produced in Italy and imported to the States with an retail price under $700 I was certainly expecting this reproduction to not be perfect. Upon first impressions, once I pulled the 1875 Outlaw from its box, I was impressed with how aesthetically pleasing this old-school pistol was to my eyes. The red wooden grips along with the blued finish and color case hardened frame and hammer are very easy on the eyes and give this pistol a visual leg up on its competition in my opinion.

In the hand the pistol has a good weight to it, coming in at almost 3 pounds to be exact. I feel as though if I had no cartridges left in the pistol it would still be a great weapon to swing at any would-be stagecoach robbers or cardboard targets. The manipulation of the hammer and trigger all feel great and are much smoother than I would have expected from a firearm at this price point. Unfortunately, however, there are some shortcomings that you should expect with this pistol.

There are a few spots on the 1875 Outlaw that are a little less desirable to look at. The grips have some resin over the bolsters. The trigger guard has a screw that I could not keep tight regardless of how many times I tightened it down. To be fair, this resulted in only a very minor amount of play otherwise this would be a bigger issue in my opinion. While there are some minor issues I really don’t think that they matter when you look at who and what this pistol is aimed at.

Shootability - Cimarron Firearms 1875 Outlaw

At the end of the day, reproduction pistols are just that, reproductions, so they should be a gun that you don't mind getting a little dirty and taking to the range. In that regard, I think the 1875 Outlaw is almost perfect. The trigger is supper light and combined with a very heavy frame, it makes shooting .357 Magnums a blast, literally. This is just a fun gun to shoot because its so different in comparison to all of the modern hyper-tactical Glocks most people shoot. I will admit the manual of arms is completely different and reloads are not going to be vary fast and you need to unload and reload each round individually through the cylinder door. But that's part of the charm.

Final Thoughts - Cimarron Firearms 1875 Outlaw

In closing, the Cimarron Firearms 1875 Outlaw is a great reproduction pistol for anyone who has that itch to shoot an old-school cowboy pistol but doesn't have an original one lying around. This pistol also comes in a price point that is approachable for many people just looking for a fun gun to take to the range and shoot something a little different. In the end that's exactly how I would personally describe the 1875 Outlaw, plain fun.

Patrik O
Patrik O

-Former Army Photographer / Videographer -Current Aviation Student -Future in debt due to Firearm collection

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  • Mark N. Mark N. on Jun 22, 2024

    There is one particularly important factor for these guns: the metallurgy of these new firearms far surpasses that of the originals, all of which were built for use with black powder cartridges only. You simply cannot load an original with modern smokeless rounds without risking its utter destruction. Not so with the reproductions. Load 'em up and fire away.

    • Jo85087618 Jo85087618 on Jun 23, 2024

      I'm not so certain, because in France, pre-1900 firearms are classified in D category (requires only a proof of majority), and so are their replicas, but only and specifically if the fabrication methods used do not enhance the precision and the durability of the weapon. Yet all those Italian replicas, without exception, are classified as D category weapons in France.

  • Hoyden Hoyden on Jun 22, 2024

    I'm a big fan of this type of gun, may I recommend;

    "The new El Patron Grizzly Paw is designed for those with large hands (hence grizzly paws). "

    so much easier to shoot.