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Old May 15, 2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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Cimarron not Uberti ?

While not new to single actions ( Rugers and USFA ) I am just getting my feet wet on import SA. I bought a Taylor/Uberti runnin iron and really like it alot.

Yesterday I picked up a new Cimarron SA, birdshead grip, 4.75. The gun was tagged as a Frontier and the barrel is marked Thunderball 8 45 colt on the side and Cimarron on the top. The salesman told me that the gun was indeed Uberti. When I got it home I found a Pietta 1873 SA manual in the box.

My question is what did I buy? I cant find any mention of a Thunderball 8 on anyones web sites. Old model maybe?


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Old May 15, 2011, 10:33 PM   #2
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The manual being in the box doesn't mean that the gun is a Pietta.
AFAIK Cimarron marked guns are Uberti's.
I suggest to contact Cimmaron and ask them for details.

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Old May 15, 2011, 10:51 PM   #3
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All of Cimarron's single action six shooters are made by Uberti. I've never heard of a "Thunderball". Cimarron makes a "Thunderer", basically an 1873 with a bird's head grip.

Got any pictures?
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Old May 16, 2011, 09:50 AM   #4
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Ok I called Cimarron today and they told me indeed this is a pietta. Its not in there catalog yet as it was just brought out in January.

Thunderball colt 45.
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Old May 16, 2011, 09:51 AM   #5
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Well knock me down with a feather! Can you snap a photo or two of it?
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Old May 16, 2011, 10:08 AM   #6
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I will see if I can tonight .
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Old May 16, 2011, 02:17 PM   #7
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Huh, you learn something new everyday. First time I've heard of Cimarron importing Pietta made revolvers. I guess Cimarron is satisfied with the quality upgrades that Pietta made in recent years.
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Old May 16, 2011, 09:26 PM   #8
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dang it I left the gun in the safe at work. Will try to get pics tomorrow.
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Old May 17, 2011, 10:44 AM   #9
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Interesting! I think we all would love to see a photo of it. I'm also hoping that you'll post a report on how it shoots and how you like it. Sounds like something that I'd like to add to my "herd"!
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Old May 18, 2011, 12:58 AM   #10
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I've heard good things of late on the Piettas. The EMF Great Western IIs are the most common Piettas and have a good rep in SASS circles...possibly better than Uberti.

A Taylor's Running Iron or Smokewagon will be at the same level of fit and finish as an Uberti "El Patron", which is the best gun Uberti can make.
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Old May 18, 2011, 07:14 PM   #11
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I am new to posting pictures so cut me some slack. The target is from 10 yards, standing two hand grip. trust me this is really good for me. With my 1911 I can do head shots all day at 25 yards. I got the SA bug about a year ago and started buying Rugers and USFA and I can honestly say that I can shoot this gun better than any of the others. The trigger is light and smooth much like my S&W 586.
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Old May 18, 2011, 08:56 PM   #12
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Nice gun and nice shooting!
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