Did anyone make a full size SAA in 22lr?
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    Did anyone make a full size SAA in 22lr?

    A few years ago, a friend much my senior had a colt SAA which had been sleeved very nicely to 22lr. It was way cool, probably could have bought it... I love 22s, always have. I reckon 22LR, 357 mag, 243 win would be my calibers if I had to pick in each category. I’ve always been a double action man, I got to thinking, did anyone make a regular size SAA of “quality” in 22lr? I have a 83 freedom arms in 22, it’s a hog leg or maybe a mules leg is a better term. I’m almost positive colt never chambered a Traditional SAA in 22 LR. Did USFA do it in a full size? Thanks
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    Yes they did. The USFA Plinker model is a full size 6 shot cylindered single action. The 12/22 model is also a full size with a cylinder holding 12 shots instead of six. Neither model is scaled down, so they are stout feeling guns with those tiny chamber holes in a full size cylinder.
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    Many years ago, I saw an engraved Colt SAA that was in 22 LR and was factory engraved at Colt. It was a first Generation. A local collector had picked it up that day at the Denver gun show. I would guess it was 1972 as I recall. Wilson's guide indicates that there were 107 22LR Colt SAA's made and that there were 93 flat top targets made in 22LR.
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    Many years ago I had a close friend, Ura "Duke" Duvall that was a gun collector and more than anyone else got me started collecting. Duke was a brother in law to Arnold Capone that owned King Gunworks. Duke had this colt saa that was a 45 converted to .22 LR. He said he bought it from a old gun writer Tommy Bish. He said Capone and Bish did the conversion. The muzzle is 45 but a half inch back it is sleeved to .22. The cylinder is .45 in front, sawed about 1/4" back and stationary. The rear of the cylinder revolves. In other words the gun "looks" like a 45 but is a 22! The gun was featured in Gun`s magazine around 1960? My friend Duke died about 25 years ago.
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    The old Great Western Co. made several thousand of full size SA's in .22 cal. they went out of business in 1962. Colt made 2 sets [4 guns] of full size .22's for Rodd Redwing that I know of,he used them in his trick shooting shows,I've shot them myself several times when I was doing shows w/him.

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    Alonzo Crull made custom .22s on full size frames, but they are pricey when you find them
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    Freedom Arms makes a 22 on the full size 454 frame. I have one in 22 with a 22 magnum extra cylinder. The huge cylinders look different with 5 tiny holes in them instead of 45 size hole. They too are quite pricey.DSC_0029.JPG

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    I have a Thomas Haas custom conversion. It's an 1878 frame.

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    As stated, the Great Western is probably the closest and cost effective way to own a full size .22 SA. It's heavy and I've never seen a 4 3/4" barrel length. Most common is 5 1/2".
    I've owned a few and they are nice shooters. The plastic grips cheapen them up a bit though.

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    USFA 12/22. There is also a new Uberti version.


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