If youíre here, you probably searched on ďItalguns
American Pioneer Single Action revolverĒ or some permutation
thereof. Maybe " Italguns
SAA" was your search. Your
questions are, who made these guns and when?
The one Iíve got and the rest Iíve seen are all proof
stamped XXVI, which is 1970. This importer was in business
briefly before disappearing, so I donít expect to see any beyond that.
presumption is that the revolvers are Italian, but there are
no makers marks on them. On physical
examination of the guns there is no
mystery. The hammers on these single
actions have a hammer block safety actuated by an
internal rod. Aldo Uberti invented that, and used it on
his companies single action replicas for several decades,
starting in about 1969.
So these guns are Ubertiís, and they would be among the
companies first cartridge revolvers. My sense is that
Ubertiís rollout chronology goes, Stalllion in the late 60ís,
this Pioneer SAA in 1970, Cattleman and Outlaw in
donít know what kind of luck a fellow will have trying to fit
modern Uberti parts to one of these Pioneers should they need
something. I suspect its an
easy job for the single action proficient gunsmith.
Whats the quality? They're all steel, not
cheaply made at all. It's a very serious rendering of a
single action replica. Metal fit is good, color case
hardened finish is excellent. Cowboy shooters make
complaints about certain generations of Uberti revolvers,
particularly those with the D-cam hammer and its bolt.
And this revolver has got that. But when in time, the
revolver functions well. And if its not in time.... fix
it so it is. Typical chicken soup for the single action
guy's soul, eh?
What are these guns worth? Meh. Imported
replica by no name importer thats gone. The bulk of
the guns are in .22, and most fellows are not driven to have
an exquisite .22 single action.
Say $ 250
How many are there? A few