Thursday, March 12, 2009

...and choirs of angels sang.

The only company on the planet that might make a better-built revolver than USFA is Freedom Arms.

If you've ever compared a beautiful USFA Peacemaker (made under the big blue dome!) to one of the polished turds from Colt's Custom Shop (made in some industrial park somewhere!) in the last five or six years, then this will really make your heart go pitter-pat: Behold, somewhere the ghost of John Moses Browning (pbuh) is smiling.

I would low crawl over a thousand meters of barbed wire and crushed glass to put that thing in my safe.

(H/T to Caleb.)


PS: I am given to understand that USFA actually moved out of the big blue dome in 2004. I guess they're just made in an industrial park somewhere, too, now. :(

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sweet Jeebus that's beautiful...and expensive.

Chris

Rabbit said...

Yeah, but it's not *that* expensive compared to a lot of 'custom, hand-fitted' 1911's from assemblers I only peripherally have heard of.

Compared to the 1918 vintage one I saw at a local shop last month, it's a steal..and shootable.

Regards,
Rabbit.

Anonymous said...

I think the big blue dome building is actually condos now, if I recall correctly...

Regards,
NMM1AFan

DirtCrashr said...

It's cheaper than some of Les Baer's or Ed Brown's - they make these, why not a Model M?

NPB said...

The only thing that I don't get is that, from the online catalog, the 1910 Commercial, Ace, and .38 Super models have the orignal 1911 pattern frame, while the 1911 Military Model has the cutouts by the trigger like the 1911A1. The Military Model is still a beautiful pistol, and I'd love to have one if I had the funds, but I just think that's it's curious.

Hans said...

Nice, but what's up with those stocks? (inesemi - My mental state if I stared at that picture for too long)

Anonymous said...

You know, if Central Connecticut State had a Department of Firearm Studies, instead of that dumb old communications course, just browsing their quarterly journal would have saved Tam that historical lapse.

I think ILA should make that part of the settlement.

staghounds said...

I'd still rather have a nice early real one, but those are beautiful!

Colt's is making a mistake letting their competition build these.

Joseph said...

I would low crawl over a thousand meters of barbed wire and crushed glass to put that thing in my safe.


Ah, but how to get someone to pay you $2,000 to do this? There's the rub. Now most folks would just get a second job or sell some stuff, you, you're different.

Noah D said...

When they say "Browning’s original wide design", what do they mean?

James family outpost, Iowa. said...

I hate to admit a secret crush, but I do have $1,900 laying around, and rather than "a thousand meters of barbed wire and crushed glass" my plan would involve an outdoor range, cut-off jean shorts, wait, wait, creep-o-meter in the red... Why yes Tam, that is a lovely pistol.
I,lovemywifeeventhoughshedoesnotcarewhoJohnBrowningis. Sigh.

Ken said...

That is a gorgeous 1911, for sure. Cain't afford it nohow, and experience (albeit limited) suggests I stink worse than usual with 1911s, but I do like that one.

Michael in CT said...

A couple of mildly related comments. Based on the address on the website, their new factory isn't in an industrial park, but some nondescript side street in the south end of Hartford about 20 minutes from me. And not missing Tam's point, there is no historical significance to their new address, but I bet it's cheaper.

The owner, Doug Donnelly, is a real nice guy as well and has been a great supporter of Cowboy shooting here in CT, contributing door prizes to our annual shoot and occasionally giving us a chance to try some of the new products before they necessarily make it out to the general public.

DirtCrashr said...

I could be wrong and hope to be corrected but I think maybe if I remember my Clawson right (p.71 3rd ed.), "Browning’s original wide design" might refer to the wide-spur hammer. It's kinda distinctive compared to nowdays.

mopar said...

@Michael: We have cowboy shooting here in CT? Must be up north past the Blue Dome.

Michael in CT said...

Mopar, we currently have 3 active cowboy clubs here in CT:
http://ctvalleybushwackers.com/
http://www.congressofroughridersct.com/
http://www.shootingbums.org/ledyard.

You can e-mail me at chantry36@yahoo.com if you want more info

Mark@Sea said...

Wide grips, extending to the edge of the frame flat.
And yeah, I want one bad....

Firehand said...

Oh my, oh my...

Anonymous said...

USFA

Bought a SAA-style 3 1/2" bbl Storekeeper Model, .45Colt. Blued, some so-called limited run of 50, or another.

After six monthes of shooting and fequent dry firing w/snap caps, has yet to develop even the start of a cylinder ring. .003- bbl/cyl gap. Crisp as a 'whatever is crisp to you', and etc.

Have a well worn and shot, 4 3/4" Rodeo .45 that just get smoother with age.

Nothing exceptional, but the quality is noticeable, when comparing to other SAA-clones.

Altho, Uberti made a run of Bisley models that has a quiet following, of knowing sixgunners. Shhh...don't run the price up on 'em.

J t R

MCSA said...

Crisp as a 'whatever is crisp to you'

Dorito chips!

Snapping necks!

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Gewehr98 said...

Bummer about the 1911A1 trigger frame scallops...