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Three New Single Actions

by Joel Hutchcroft   |  June 21st, 2011 13

Three of the newest single actions are Colt’s reintroduced New Frontier, Ruger’s brand-new Single-Ten, and Uberti’s 1873 Cattleman El Patron Cowboy Mounted Shooter model.

Like the original Colt New Frontier, the 2011 model comes with an adjustable rear sight. Other features include a ramped front sight, blue/case-colored finish, and walnut grips. Optional barrel lengths are 4.75, 5.5, and 7.5 inches.

Like the original Colt New Frontier, the 2011 model comes with an adjustable rear sight. Other features include a ramped front sight, blue/case-colored finish, and walnut grips. Optional barrel lengths are 4.75, 5.5, and 7.5 inches. Available calibers include .357 Mag., .44 Spl., and .45 Colt. Price: $1,455.

Ruger’s .22 LR stainless-steel Single-Ten comes with a 10-shot cylinder, 5.5-inch barrel, Williams fiber-optic adjustable sights, and smooth walnut Gunfighter grips.

Ruger’s .22 LR stainless-steel Single-Ten comes with a 10-shot cylinder, 5.5-inch barrel, Williams fiber-optic adjustable sights, and smooth walnut Gunfighter grips. Price: $619.

Uberti’s El Patron Cowboy Mounted Shooter is chambered for .357 Mag. or .45 Colt, comes with a 3.5- or 4-inch barrel, and features a lower hammer profile and Wolff springs. Finish is blue/casehardened or stainless steel, and grips are walnut.

Uberti’s El Patron Cowboy Mounted Shooter is chambered for .357 Mag. or .45 Colt, comes with a 3.5- or 4-inch barrel, and features a lower hammer profile and Wolff springs. Finish is blue/casehardened or stainless steel, and grips are walnut. Price: $599 (blue/casehardened) or $749 (stainless steel).

  • tony

    What happened to the ballistics chart, I can't access them anymore?

  • Robin

    None chambered in .44 magnum?

    • Alan_T

      The top straps on the Colt and Uberti aren't strong enough to withstand a . 44 magnum , they'd blow off eventually . The Ruger being reviewed is the small framed . 22 single – six , not a Blackhawk .

  • David MacCormack

    I appreciate colts revival of the New Frontier, but don't you think the price is a bit excessive. If Sturm&Ruger can do what they do within a reasonable price range, Colt can as well. They are just Banking on the name and the Reputation. In the last several years, the Quality Control at Colt has gone into the Toilet, and the Reputation was shot in the seat of the pants. Colt will have to go far, to repatriate themselves in my opinion. Skeeter Skelton, Jeff Cooper, Elmer Keith and many others, from the old school,would be ashamed at what they've done to a Grand old line of Weapons.

    The Newer Rugers are quite the rage now, as they have upgraded and made themselves the "Subject Expert" in the Weapons industry. Not to mention offering a Colt style 45ACP, and a Single Action much in tune with what is desired.

    My only other complaint , if you will, "Why don't more makers produce the 44Special, instead of so dang many 45colts?" The price of 45Colt ammo is attrocious, not to mention they are damn hard to find. The 44Special is more than adequate for the jobs issued to it, especially since the number of loads from reputable Mfgrs. has been upgraded. I own a 44 Special Ruger and it does all its asked of, and accuratly I might add. I replaced the Cylinder of My 45 Colt USFA with one in 45ACP and have had a grand time with it.

    • Alan_T

      I have to agree with you David .

  • ntrudr_800

    Nice, I like the Colt New Frontier with adjustable sights. I'd rather buy a Ruger Vaquero with adjustable sights though–I'd get more for my money and also that safe Hammer Block I like so much!

    I also like Uberti Single Actions and would not mind trying a 5.5" model in either .357 or .45 Colt. The reason that they make .45 Colt is because it is period correct, it is allowed in CAS, & it looks better than any .44 Caliber with Speer's 'Flying Ashtray' HP bullet. I'm tellin' you, that .45 looks intimidating in Speer HP configuration!

    You can always load .45 Colt instead of driving around looking for it… it uses the same bullets as .45 Auto! Different cases of course…

  • ntrudr_800

    I forgot about the Single Ten. ANY Ruger Single Six lovers, as well as anyone (including the tactical crowd) that is looking for a single action, would LOVE the Single Ten. That's 4 extra rounds.

    I think I'd prefer the blued Single Six Convertible myself, I am trying to save money. The 6 rounds seems classy to me. I'd prefer to use the .22WMR Cylinder.

    I am longing for a blued Ruger Single Six Convertible with at least a 5.5" barrel. I daydream about it, that means I will enjoy it if I buy it :P

  • Tom Robbins

    What Ruger needs to do and probably will, is to offer their new gun in .22 mag.& .22 lr, its a winner

  • Larry

    I just bought the single 10 and just can't see room for a magnum cylinder as it would make the cylinder walls to thin. I own 6 different 22 single action pistols and love them all most coming with a second magnum cylinder. I plan to use this for squirrel hunting and those fiber optic sights are really bright. I don't need magnums to take down rabbits and squirrels but I will say 10 shots sure does cut down on reloading, by the way you can load 2 bullets at a time with a little practice. Awsome looking and natural pointing. Great grips, overall the gun just fits better than the single six in the hand.

    • Mack Missiletoe

      I figured the Single Ten would be '.22lr only' since the cartridge walls are so close together in the cylinder. .22WMR is a more accurate professional design. Yes, I'd shoot more .22lr in a Single Six than .22 Magnum, but I'd enjoy shooting .22 Magnum more, "It got soul."

      I can load two .38 Special bullets at a time in my Smith 60-15, if I initially grab them pointing the right way. One time I loaded 3 at a time! It was slower of course, but amusing. I actually remember doing it with kind of a slow motion movie effect, haha! Reloading a revolver cylinder is a joy, the way the cartridges slide in there… no sore fingers from them autoloader magazines.

      But I did have a sore finger from cocking the hammer so much! It evens out…

  • Larry

    I just bought the single 10 and just can't see room for a magnum cylinder as it would make the cylinder walls to thin. I own 6 different 22 single action pistols and love them all most coming with a second magnum cylinder. I plan to use this for squirrel and rabbit hunting and those fiber optic sights are really bright which should really help to zero in on any target. I don't need magnums to take down rabbits and squirrels but I will say 10 shots sure does cut down on reloading, by the way you can load 2 bullets at a time with a little practice. Awsome looking and natural pointing. Great grips, overall the gun just fits better than the single six in the hand. I have been used to mainly using my EAA Bounty Hunter for the past 20 years as it was my first but it will now take second place as the weight is just too much anymore. Ruger is still heavy but not too heavy. I have an Iver Johnson from the 40,s, a H&R from the 50's, a regular single six blued, a Heritage Roughrider, and a Taurus 94. The swing out cylinder is nice,the grips are I believe similar to the S&W617 and I just don't like them nearly as well as these gunfighter grips from Ruger. People have been saying that you can't shoot it 2 handed, well I own one and you can quite easily.

  • Richard

    A. Uberti El Patron, also comes with a 5.5" barrel…I am lucky to have found mine, for $ 320.00/ 98%

  • Alan_T

    Nothing against the Colt New Frontier but Ruger Blackhawks are stronger , safer and cost WAY less then the perennially over priced Colts .

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