Why The Single-Action Revolver Is Timeless

Why The Single-Action Revolver Is Timeless

Paraphrasing a popular coffee-cake jingle of old, The single-action revolver is alive and doing very well in this the 21st century because of its timeless appeal. A lot has been written on this subject over the 175 years since Samuel Colt patented his first SA cap-and-ball revolver in 1836. Boiled down, the gun type is still so appealing for five basic reasons:

  1. The Look
  2. The Feel

  3. The Power

  4. The Durability

  5. The Accuracy

The classic Colt SAA has sleek, graceful lines that have made it an American icon.


The classic Colt SAA has sleek, graceful lines that have made it an American icon.

The shape of the traditional SA grip just feels right to a wide variety of hand sizes.

The shape of the traditional SA grip just feels right to a wide variety of hand sizes.


The single action is chambered for powerful factory-loaded handgun cartridges like .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .454 Casull as well as hot wildcats such as .475 Linebaugh and .500 Linebaugh.

The single action is chambered for powerful factory-loaded handgun cartridges like .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .454 Casull as well as hot wildcats such as .475 Linebaugh and .500 Linebaugh.

While the original Colt SAA has the reputation of being less stout, modern versions — especially Ruger (shown) and Freedom Arms — are known for their rugged durability.

While the original Colt SAA has the reputation of being less stout, modern versions — especially Ruger (shown) and Freedom Arms — are known for their rugged durability.

Serious handgunners agree that modern single actions (like this Uberti El Patron) are every bit as accurate as standard double-action revolvers and semiautomatic pistols.

Serious handgunners agree that modern single actions (like this Uberti El Patron) are every bit as accurate as standard double-action revolvers and semiautomatic pistols.

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