The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The North Corral > Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 23, 2012, 08:50 AM   #1
mykeal
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 8, 2006
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 2,760
Traditions revolver manufacturer

The following has also been published on The High Road and Black Powder Times black powder forums:

The discussion (sometimes debate and, thankfully rarely, argument) in the black powder forums regarding what company is the 'better' manufacturer of firearms is seemingly endless. This is actually a good thing as it keeps the manufacturers aware that their customers continue to care about the quality of their offerings, and are not hesitant to make public any shortcomings.

Traditions does not provide the sources of their products on line or in the catalog. As a result, many people believe they are the original manufacturer of the products they sell and warranty. In fact, Traditions is a distributor, buying at wholesale from importers and selling to both other wholesalers and the retail market. This is a common and thoroughly legitimate business practice emphasizing skill in inventory control and logistics.

To bring a larger measure of accuracy to the discussion regarding manufacturer quality, it's important to 'lift the veil' as to the source of Tradition's products. Along those lines I recently asked them to divulge the manufacturer of their black powder revolver line; they responded directly and quickly to my request, providing the manufacturer's name. Unfortunately, the responding message contained a non-disclosure caveat prohibiting me from passing the answer along; I suspect the caveat was standard 'signature line' addition to all emails and probably not intended to have the effect it does in this case. Nonetheless, I'm bound to honor it.

I can say the manufacturer is a very large and popular company. Traditions does not remove the manufacturer's stamps from the guns, so anyone who has recently purchased a gun from Traditions can readily see who the manufacturer was; perhaps they could provide that information.

Lastly, I have to admit I'm puzzled by Tradition's policy of not naming the manufacturer in their catalog listings. Other retailers do so, and it would seem to me, at least in the case of the revolver manufacturer, that it would only be a positive selling point.
mykeal is offline  
Old August 23, 2012, 09:08 AM   #2
kraigwy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 16, 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 9,469
About 10-12 years ago I bought a Tradition's Scofield repleca in 45 LC. Shot some mild loads and the lock promply broke off and went flying over my shoulder.

I've been trying every since to find out who made the gun so I could get a replacement part to no avail.

Can't get any information from Tradition, or anyone else. Last time I'll ever buy one of their guns, and tell everyone I see to stay away from Tradition.
__________________
Kraig Stuart
CPT USAR Ret
USAMU Sniper School Oct '78
Distinguished Rifle Badge 1071
kraigwy is offline  
Old August 23, 2012, 09:13 AM   #3
Doc Hoy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 24, 2008
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Posts: 4,598
Recently added a Traditions C and B Cattleman

This is a late model revolver and I bought it new. I have not shot it a lot and so I can't speak to the issues Kraig came up with.

Supporting Mykeal I won't say who built it but I think we all know.

From a fit and finsh standpoint and from a tightness and smoothness standpoint it is the equivalent of the two Uberti's I just bought.
__________________
Doc

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson
Doc Hoy is offline  
Old August 23, 2012, 11:19 AM   #4
Noz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 25, 2009
Posts: 643
I have bought several Traditions 1860s and they were all made by Pietta.
Noz is offline  
Old August 23, 2012, 01:55 PM   #5
mykeal
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 8, 2006
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 2,760
Quote:
Originally Posted by kraigwy
About 10-12 years ago I bought a Tradition's Scofield repleca in 45 LC. Shot some mild loads and the lock promply broke off and went flying over my shoulder.

I've been trying every since to find out who made the gun so I could get a replacement part to no avail.

Can't get any information from Tradition, or anyone else. Last time I'll ever buy one of their guns, and tell everyone I see to stay away from Tradition.
Did you attempt to return the gun and parts to Traditions? Did they refuse to accept it?
mykeal is offline  
Old August 23, 2012, 07:29 PM   #6
Hawg
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 8, 2007
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 11,752
Earlier they bought guns from Uberti, Pietta and ASM. I think they're all Pietta now. I saw one brass 51 with ASM, CVA and Traditions Logo on it. I assume CVA bought it from Traditions and resold it.
Hawg is offline  
Old August 23, 2012, 07:47 PM   #7
radom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 21, 2000
Posts: 1,296
Last one I got was a 2011 dated Pietta.
radom is offline  
Old August 24, 2012, 03:05 AM   #8
duelist1954
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 14, 2011
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 523
I own a couple of Traditions C&B revolvers. Both were made by Pietta.
duelist1954 is offline  
Old August 30, 2012, 09:51 AM   #9
arcticap
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 15, 2005
Location: Central Connecticut
Posts: 2,973
Traditions even sells this Pietta Puma .22 rifle:

http://www.pietta.us/products/Carabi...S50_02_big.jpg
arcticap is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07938 seconds with 9 queries