After finding my Herters .44 magnum, I remembered why I liked the “Old Model” action of the Colts and Old Model Rugers, where cocking the hammer to half-cock allows the cylinder to rotate for loading rounds or removing fired cases. Not as “safe”, certainly, but it does have a certain charm of its own. I have been searching for a good Old Model Ruger, but so far in vain. Instead, I found a very nice Uberti Colt clone in .45 Colt. This handgun is smaller than my Rugers, but nicely made, with a brass grip frame and color case hardened cylinder frame and well blued cylinder and barrel. The grips are walnut, and one piece, with no grip screws – which I really like – and well fitted and finished. If they ever need to be removed, the grip frame must be detached from the revolver first. True to the theme, sights are minimal, and my only complaint as a shooter is that the front sight blade is VERY narrow.
Uberti makes many other variations on the basic Colt theme, including one with a “charcoal blue” barrel and cylinder which I find VERY attractive. Overall, this gun is smaller than even my .44 Special Ruger, and with a 4.5″ barrel, would actually be a decent concealed carry gun.
While this revolver seems well made, and of “modern” materials, it is not the choice for firing the “hot” .45 Colt loads that some hand gunners push to near .454 Casull pressures and velocities. Mine came with a box of Sig factory loads, firing 230 gr hollow points at 825 fps, but I think these might be close to the upper limit for this gun. For now I am shooting hand loads I worked up with 200 gr cast lead bullets really intended for .45 ACP, at 750 – 800 fps. These shoot very well, with light recoil, and have so for been pretty accurate at 15 feet or so. I happily discovered that I not only had a box of these bullets in my stash, but also two boxes of 230 gr Hornady XTP hollow points and a box of 200 gr XTP’s – so I think the Uberti and I are going to have a lot of fun in the near future!