Why doesn’t anyone manufacture the right vintage firearm reproductions??? I mean sure you’ve got Cimarron and folks like that doing their cowboy thing, but c’mon…. I’m sorry but the Schofield is honestly one of the least attractive top-break revolvers, at least when compared with the elegant Gasser Montenegrins or EVEN early Webleys… NAA really got it right with their Ranger but I guess sales were sluggish so they never went in to regular production and never offered any 4” or 6” barrels. Figures that their BEST product wouldn’t sell well enough. And now their aesthetically-challenged Sidewinder is probably going to do fabulously well :P
Top-breaks aside, where are the standard Gasser reproductions? Or Beaumont Adams? Tranter? ANY of the classic European designs with the graceful swooping handles and shapely frames? Yeah you can still pick up Nagants but those .32acp cylinders are both rare and iffy, and 7.62x28r is expensive. Essentially your only hope for anything like a Tranter is winning something at auction and then forget about finding ammo to actually shoot through it.
If I were to produce firearms I would make those. I would also make a pistol that looked outwardly like an old flintlock with brass and all that, like old pirates might have carried, that was in actuality a single-shot cartridge pistol, firing anything standard like .45LC or .357M/.38SPL, or hell even .410/.45. I would offer top-break .22WMR/.22LR revolving rifles in the elegant old European design, with full wood or partial wire stocks. Lots of Steampunks have money, I’d offer items geared specifically towards them. I would sell a .22LR replica of Chiana’s small pistol from the 3rd season of Farscape. There’s plenty I would produce.
… Anyone feel like starting up an artisan firearms design and production collective?
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