View Full Version : Pietta "Shooters Model" Remington

July 9, 2010, 07:43 AM
I stopped at the local gun shop yesterday, saw many of the same guns as last week (sales are slow), made a offer on a M28 S&W but I'm just to cheap to pay the asking price. Looked at a few long guns, nothing exciting. I was walking out the door when my pard asked me about the old black powder pistol. I had missed it, tagged as a Navy Arms 1858 I checked it out. Something is not right, the blue is nicer than it should be, but it's not a re-blue. :confused:
Pop the cylinder and look at the barrel, progressive twist:) Look at the trigger guard, it is a shiny black, the guy behind the counter tells me it a new blue process. I think it's tarnished silver. Only marking is the Pietta name and proofs and the serial number looks unusual. I notice the hammer sticks when you fire it so I haggle the price down to $110:D. I get home and compare it to my Shooters Model from Navy Arms. Identical, serial number is 700 higher than my Navy Arms copy. I don't think this thing has ever been fired. My good deal of the week, or month, but a $600 revolver for $110 is worth a happy dance:p

July 9, 2010, 08:21 AM
Glad it went to someone of your sense and discernment . . . but I'm jealous! :D

Doc Hoy
July 9, 2010, 09:43 AM
Nice deal MCB.

July 9, 2010, 10:11 AM
Cool beans MCB but no pics?:eek:

Fingers McGee
July 9, 2010, 10:39 AM
:) Way ta go MCB. I know it went to a good home where it will be used with respect.


July 9, 2010, 10:38 PM
What a find!
Let's try not to practice with a TIG welder on this gun! :D

July 10, 2010, 12:31 AM
Please post some pictures so we can be even more jealous. Did I mention I'm jealous?

July 10, 2010, 02:33 AM
Congrads MCB ... couldn't happen to a nicer guy :O) unless it was me ... heeheehee!

July 10, 2010, 05:18 AM
I had a few minutes to check the sticky hammer and found it's binding in the frame. This revolver is tighter than my other shooters model, cylinder lock is S&W tight. The tarnished silver trigger guard does look a lot like fire blue, I'll leave that alone.

At first look these look just like the standard Pietta 1858, the blue is a higher gloss from a better pre blue polish. The grip is slightly wider, the hammer is .010 wider. The cylinder over all length is the same at 2.015, the cylinder notches are cut longer and the chambers are larger and match barrel groove size. There is a more pronounced forcing cone and the progressive twist is obvious.


July 10, 2010, 01:27 PM
I think I'm just going to bask in your glory :D

July 10, 2010, 01:58 PM
Was Pietta making the chamber diameter as large back then as has been mentioned on the Dixie web site review below and by others?

I forgot to mention on my review that I had to go up to .464 balls before the gun would perform well. You can get a double mold from Rapine.


July 10, 2010, 02:24 PM
Lucky dog!!!!

Curious...why is a Pietta worth $600? Is this some sort of super accurized model?

July 10, 2010, 04:00 PM
It has a gain twist barrel, is factory tuned and chamber/bore tolerances are very tight. The trigger is adjusted for competition.

July 10, 2010, 11:00 PM
Geee, that's a shame that you are going to put it up for auction after you fix the hammer up ... we were looking forward to a range report ... but ... ya gotta do what ya gotta do ... we'll all be real sad when we see it up for sale ... but ... just one of those things ...
:rolleyes: --- :cool: