When it comes to revolvers, I’d rather not shoot them and be happy to not have to deal with the felt recoil or amount of thumb strength—and initial fatigue— it usually requires to cock the gun.
Traditions Firearms might have changed my mind with their snazzy .45 Colt 1873 Liberty Model Single Action Revolver. At six shots, it’s a neat little number with an MSRP of $624.
The firearm is part of the company’s Frontier series. It comes in a bevy of finishes and colors and is manufactured with steel frames as authentic, historic reproductions.
At our testing table during a shooting event, I had the choice between the .357 Mag. and the .45 Colt. To be fair, I loaded both of them, and proceeded to cock and fire six shots out of each. As already suggested, my preference was for the .45 Colt.
Having to re-cock the pistol again and again can be tiring on one’s hands, especially if the felt recoil of the shot is more than was initially anticipated. The .357 Mag. was more difficult for me to maintain control of, especially as I brought it back around to aim and re-fire. I never felt like I could get as tight a grip on the gun quickly enough to maintain good shot accuracy.
The .45 Colt did not present this challenge. Not only is it a beautiful gun, but it handled well too. Ease of comfort plays a large part, as well as confidence in shooting. I was able to place five of my six shots on the steel plate target, which only increased my elation and enjoyment of the pistol.
Hand strength, experience, and personal preference are all important when it comes to what you choose to carry or shoot for pleasure. Do your research and, if given the chance, try as many different types of carry pistol and calibers as you can. In the end, you who will be carrying it.
As for me, I’ll stick to the .45 Colt.