View Full Version : CVA v. Traditions revolvers

Matt Wallis
July 2, 2001, 07:35 PM
I've already heard some opinions on the Pietta bp revolvers retailed by Cabelas. The others that I've seen in the same general price range are Traditions which are retailed by Bass Pro Shops and CVA which are available lots of different places.

Who makes the revolvers for Traditions anyway. It says they are made in Italy. Are they their own brand, or does "Traditions" just distribute them for Pietta or someone else?

And finally (sorry for all the questions) what's a good recommendation for a retailer for these guns? Does anyone beat Cabelas and Bass Pro Shop's prices? Are percussion revolvers a good buy when used?


4V50 Gary
July 2, 2001, 08:35 PM
When I went to Friendship, IN for the annual NMLRA shoot, there was one sutler who was selling CVA kits for $65 a piece! I bought myself a brass framed Remington. Others were selling the same thing for about $99.

July 9, 2001, 02:15 AM
I got a pair of those Remington kits about 20 years ago, when they retailed for $65. Montgomery Wards was "getting out of the pistol business", and had a clearance sale on them for $29! :D They were such idiots, I had to fill out all of the background check info & wait 2 weeks to get them. Their stupidity ticked me off bigtime, but I couldn't pass up the price. I did a real slick job finishing the kits, and my bro & I are still having a blast shooting them :)

4V50 Gary
July 9, 2001, 03:15 AM
CA has long regarded blackpowder firearms as requiring registration and has imposed this requirement on dealers in this state. My first blackpowder revolver was a Ruger Old Army which I mailed ordered from Gil Hebard. So much for CA law.

July 9, 2001, 09:29 AM
I would just offer this advice if you plan on shooting your piece.

I had the Colt open top 44 Army Model 1860. It shot loose in about 100 shots. In other words, the cylinder pin stretched enough that the hammer would not reliably fire the percussion caps. I fixed by drilling the cylinder base pin thru and pinning it with a small pin. Nobody could tell the difference and it fired reliably for hundreds more rounds. The best looking pistol I ever saw, made by Uberti of Italy.

If I had to do it over, I would buy a Remington enclosed top 44. PS No brass frames.

For a wall hanger, the Colt still gets my vote.



July 13, 2001, 05:47 PM
if you want a shooter get a ruger old army worth every cent