Authentic or Replica Revolver (Part 1 Firearm)
Lets examine the possibility of owning a real authentic revolver; its not impossible and the cost would prove to be a very serious concern but lets assume you have a huge spare wad of money. First you have to join a gun club in the UK and in some parts, the travel distance can be substantial. You also have to consider that the only place you will be allowed (Under the Part 1 Firearms Act) to fire the weapon will be at the gun club. You will require to be a member of the gun club for around 6 months and show regular attendance before they will assist you in gaining a Part 1 Fire Arm Certificate. Lets assume you then purchase an authentic or a replica of a 1872 Colt (.45 Cartridge) Single Action Army Peacemaker and foolishly decide to fire your revolver on private land, even your own land - you could find yourself a guest of HM Prisons. How about a (Black Powder Cap & Ball) 1858 Remington Model Army Percussion Revolver and the same rules apply along with an additional Certificate to own and store black powder. It is even harder to find a gun club for those guns, or any similar weapon, that has its own firing range, which means you have to travel to allotted third party ranges, perhaps only a few times a year as arranged by your gun club. If you walk around in the UK with the gun in public view, especially with the revolver in a holster, you may find yourself a guest of HM Prisons?
UK Suppliers - Gunstar - Guntrader - Henry Krank
Check out Hickok 45's review on firing and loading the 1848 Colt Dragoon Percussion Revolver -
A video of a 1858 (1860-1862) Remington .44 Cap & Ball Percussion 8" Barrel Revolver -
Check out Hickok 45's review on firing and loading the 1870 Smith & Wesson Schofield Cartridge Revolver -
Check out Hickok 45's review on firing and loading the 1872 Colt Single Action Army Cartridge Revolver -
Replica Revolver (Non Firing)
Lets look at a 'non firing' replica of a western style revolver, which will look great on the wall or in a display cabinet as part of a collection, especially if you have researched the real gun to compare against your replica for true realism of its build and mechanics. Its great to take it out and share the appeal and handling with your guests; even use it with a holster and enjoy the feel of a fast draw which although great fun, it mimics the movies not the real west. No licence is required for the gun with it being be sent to your home via special courier. If you walk around in the UK with the gun in public view, especially with the revolver in a holster, you may find yourself a guest of HM Prisons - unless of course you are a participant in a fully insured re-enactment show of the wild west.
UK Supplier -
Check out Historic Replica Guns review on the Denix 1860 'Non Firing' Army Revolver -
Replica Revolver (Blank Firing)
Another alternative is perhaps a 'blank firing' replica revolver which fires blank cartridges with the explosive gases being released through side or top vents rather than through it's barrel, which in any case, is blocked off. No licence is required for the gun or the blanks with both being be sent to your home via special courier. It takes the 'non firing' replica up to the next level but if you walk around in the UK with the gun in public view, especially with the revolver in a holster, you may find yourself a guest of HM Prisons - unless of course you are a participant in a fully insured re-enactment show of the wild west.
Pietta manufacture a wide range of blank firing western revolvers and probably the most realistic for build, handling, loading and firing are the 1873 Colt Single Action Army Peacemakers because the blank is loaded into the replica the same way as you would load live cartridges into the real gun -
However, I really like the 1858 Remington Percussion Steel Frame
Revolver. The Pietta Remington blank firing replica looks the part, but instead of
placing a percussion cap on a nipple of a chamber (via the cut out at
the back of the cylinder) you load a blank cartridge into an open chamber
and once you have loaded the 6 chambers of the cylinder and it is set for
firing, the cartridges cannot fall back out of the loading cut out, due
to the cylinder being offset. To eject the spent blanks (after firing) you
have to turn a chamber inline and with a metal rod inserted into
the chamber from the front, push the spent blank out of
the rear loading cut out. Same operation as shown in the two videos
below of a replica 1851 Colt Percussion 'Blank Firing' Revolver.
An image of the Pietta 1858 Remington Percussion 'Blank Firing' Steel Frame Revolver -
Another revolver, which I like is the Pietta 1851 Navy Colt Percussion 'Blank Firing' Deluxe Brass Engraved Revolver, which has the same loading and firing mechanisms as the Pietta 1858 Remington -
Pietta 1858 Remington
Pietta 1851 Navy Colt -
.380 9mm Blank Cartridges for both
Henry Krank's range of Pietta Blank Firing Revolvers McAvoy's range of Pietta Blank Firing Revolvers.
Check out Great Aardvark's review on the Pietta Colt 1851 'Blank Firing' Percussion Revolver -
Check out this video on loading and firing a 1851 Colt 'Blank Firing' Percussion Revolver -
Check out Great Aardvark's 'Mock Gunfight' review on the Pietta Colt 1851 'Blank Firing' Revolver -
Replica Air Revolver (CO2 .177 Air Pellet)
The are a few brands of CO2 .177 air pellet revolvers and ones that fire BBs and Airsoft pellets. However, I opted to explore the .177 pellet variants.
Umarex are a leading brand for Colt CO2 .177 pellet revolvers which offer exceptional realism in loading, handling and firing - but without the clouds of smoke and the loud explosive bang as the pellet leaves the barrel - you cannot have it all but Umarex is the nearest you will get to the real thing.
Having stated that, in Scotland you will require an Air Weapon Certificate to own and handle such a weapon and there will be strict conditions with regards to its use. Such an air weapon can be purchased online but must be uplifted in person from the gun supplier along with proof of identification and if you live in Scotland you will have to take along your Air Weapon Certificate. However, it can be ordered online and sent to an official firearms supplier of your own choice who will agree to hold it for you. You order online, email the online supplier a copy of your ID or Air Weapon Certificate (if you live in Scotland) and later uplift the gun from your selected firearm supplier by producing your ID or Air Weapon Certificate (if you live in Scotland). The pellets and cleaning accessories can be ordered online without any restrictions.
Some online suppliers - Drapers - Pellpax - Livelines Tackle & Guns
Check out this video on the Umarex 1872 Colt SAA 'Peacemaker' CO2 .177 Pellet Revolver -
For more information about my Umarex 1872 Colt SAA 7.5" Barrel
'Peacemaker' CO2 .177 Pellet Revolver, the accessories, the firing
limitations and much more - check out my
Umarex 1872 Colt SAA Revolver Review.
Pistol Leather UK - Holsters
Check out John's Beattie's holsters at Pistol Leather UK and I have included images of some of his holsters below -
The Wild Bill Hickok vs Davis Tutt Gunfight
Check out a video on an overview of the real gunfight -
Revolvers Worth Consideration
It does not have a rifled barrel but the Action Sports Games (ASG) Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3 CO2 .177 Pellet Revolver is a beautiful gun with great loading and firing action as well as being very accurate -
Ideal for a gambler sitting in a saloon with the Umarex Colt Single Action 5.5" Nickel Plated Peacemaker CO2 .177 Pellet Revolver fitted snugly in a richly engraved black holster. Its neat 5.5" barrel ideal for the quick draw from the right hip or a right cross draw, like Doc Holiday from the left side of the waist. Now where are those 'Wild West' re-enactment shows?
The Umarex Colt Single Action 5.5" Antique Finish Peacemaker CO2 .177 Pellet Revolver fitted snugly in a period 'aged leather' low slung holster is perfect for the gunslinger. Its neat 5.5" barrel is ideal for the quick draw from the right hip.
The Pietta 1851 Navy Colt Percussion 'Blank Firing' Deluxe Brass Engraved Revolver is a perfect addition for any revolver collection. Its a beautiful gun and the engraving is awesome (more images on the link). It would look great on a wall and because its a blank firer - on the odd occasion, it could be taken down and fired -
UK Supplier link for the blank .380 9mm Blank Cartridges for the gun.