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Discuss the Colt Cowboy for me......

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I have never seen a Colt Cowboy other than magazine ads and some mention in magazine articles. I would appreciate it if someone would give a brief history and description of the revolver. I never heard of its use outside of Cowboy Action Shooting. Was the gun of interest to casual shooters and/or outdoorsmen? Where did it fit in the array of Italian replicas, and how did it compare to them and Rugers?

Bob Wright
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As already mentioned, they were only offered for a 4-5 period. Low volumes and didn't have much of a following unit recently. They now sell for four figure prices regularly on the auction sites. Rumor has it they were made in .357 mag as well as .45 Colt; but I have never seen one chambered in anything other than .45 Colt. To be blunt and honest they are probably one of the worst quality revolvers Colt ever made. The transfer bar firing system had an inherent design flaw where if the hammer was lowered from half cock without first releasing the trigger before the hammer is fully lowered the action will lock solid with the bolt down on the cylinder between the locking notches. Colt has long been known for their superior metallurgy, the frame on the Cowboy was die cast (non-forged). Red loctite was also used by the factory on the screws holding the revolver together. The Cowboy represented a lot of production "firsts" for Colt, and thankfully lasts that died with the model.
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Are you saying die cast as opposed to investment cast?

Bob Wright
Far as I know (which ain't saying much) they were (and I pray they were) die cast. If they were investment cast than I am even more concerned about their frame strength. Typically investment casting is not used in high pressure applications because the inherent issue with porosity. Because the die/mold it so delicate the material cannot be forced into the mold without damaging it. Die casting on the other hand the material can be shot into the dies under great pressure to minimize porosity and multiple flow fronts that could produce lamination. Porisity and lamination are flaws/weaknesses in the material that could lead to cracking.
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