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Definitive Guide to Colt Peacemaker
Perhaps the singular most iconic firearm in America’s history, the Colt Single Action Army (SAA) Revolver, also known as the Peacemaker. The "gun that won the West" was introduced in 1873, and has a who's who of famous proponents include Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, General George Patton and Teddy Roosevelt. The Colt Peacemaker SAA Revolver is the ultimate embodiment of what an airgun replica should be; every detail lovingly covered, all the way down to having the exact weight of the real thing! Read our full review of this masterfully made Americana replica.
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The Basic Anatomy of the PeacemakerThe construction and realism of the Colt Peacemaker Airgun is fantastic. These guns are beautifully made and evoke all the same imagery as the real deal. When you first pick it up, the heft of the gun really hits you. This is no toy six shooter. The weight and balance are exactly the same as the original making these just as natural and fast pointing as a real Single Action Army.
The controls on the Peacemaker are 100% authentic. Cock back the hammer with your thumb and you hear 3 distinct clicks as the cylinder rotates and the trigger resets, just like it should. Open the loading gate and slide back the ejection rod and the shells drop out, just like they should. The trigger breaks crisp with no creep, just like it should. Everything is in its proper place, with the Peacemaker CO2 airgun in hand any Colt aficionado feels right at home.
As fantastic as this pistol is there are a few things to keep in mind when considering this gun. While it's a great gun for plinking and shooting cans in the backyard this is not a target gun. Just like the real Single Action Army the rear sight is nothing more than a notch cast into the top strap of the frame.
It also is a smooth bore, BB only pistol so don't expect to be shooting dime size groups at 20 yards. There are a few things about the build of the pistol that we feel could be changed, the biggest of which is the grips. The included grips are plastic and designed to look like Ivory. Now for some that is the look they may want, but others are of the firm belief that a Peacemaker needs to have wood grips with a high gloss finish and a deep stain. We hope that at some point Umarex offers them as an option.
A gun that's part of American cultureIf you've watched A Fistful of Dollars more than you can count... this is your gun. If you know who Louis L'Amour is... this is your gun. If as a kid you rode around on a broomstick playing cowboys and hollering "Stick em' up" to imaginary bandits... yep, this is your gun.
Pictures don't do the craftsmanship of the gun justice. When you pick up either the blued or nickel plated peacemaker, it just radiates with quality. You can feel that a lot of effort has gone into making a quality replica. And the price is actually incredibly reasonable for the results, don't tell Umarex but they probably could have charged more!
AccessoriesThere are six rear loading brass cartridges included with each Peacemaker. Since the shells are loaded into the gun one at a time, you won't be able to use a speed loader. Only Colt Peacemaker CO2 shells seem to fit in the Peacemaker, so make sure you get the right ones. Pick up extra revolver shells so you can refill on the fly, or just to display proudly on a belt!
Speaking of belts, no Umarex Peacemaker should be without a holster attached to your belt! The fine folks at Air Venturi have four different full leather revolver holsters specifically made for the Colt Single Action Army Airgun Revolver. Southpaws aren't overlooked either though you can only get your holster in black (guess you'll have to be the bad guy).
MaintenanceSince your firearm is CO2 powered, the valves need a small amount of lubricant. Most owners will simply put a drop of Pellgun Oil on the end of a CO2 cylinder every few CO2 cartridge changes. There is a product from ASG called Ultrair that is a CO2 cartridge with a small amount of silicone inside of it. They state that you simply use one of these cartridges for every 10 regular CO2 cartridges.
Also know that when a CO2 gun is fired quickly, the expanding gas cools the surrounding metal parts and the inside of the barrel. If you live in a humid area, this can cause moisture to condense on these parts and lead to rust. To avoid this run a dry patch down the bore after a day of firing just in case moisture is present.
What to do with the Peacemaker:
- Set up some cans in the backyard and practice your quick draw!
- Since it's the same weight as the real Colt SAA, competitors can practice with the Peacemaker and save on the cost of ammo!
- Fun fact: If you're from Arizona, wear your Peacemaker with pride since it's actually the State's official firearm!
- Get yourself a nice set of holsters and practice your gun spinning! (make sure it's unloaded of course, oh and don't drop it!)
- Take a cue from Cougar Stoves and set up your own Scoot 'n' Shoot™ with any wheeled vehicle and some targets, though by the looks of it you might want to wear a helmet!
Special Edition John Wayne "Duke" Colt Single Action RevolverBorn in Iowa in 1907, Marion Mitchell Morrison would grow up to be an icon of American cinema. Starting out in small roles and working as a prop boy, it wasn't until 1930, when he was cast as the lead in The Big Trail that he would come to be known by his stage name, John Wayne. Becoming one of the biggest names in Hollywood, John typified the role of the old west gunslinger and was seldom seen on screen with out a Peacemaker on his hip. In celebration of The Duke's legacy, Umarex has introduced the John Wayne "Duke" Signature Edition Colt Peacemaker. Straight off the silver screen and into your hands, the John Wayne "Duke" Signature Series Peacemaker is a must have for any fan.
This quality replica pistols comes in an exclusive weathered finish, making it look like a trail worn revolver. It features a commemorative medallion inlaid in the grips as well as John Wayne's signature on the back strap. This pistol shoots .177 cal pellets and is powered by standard co2 canisters. Whether you're reliving childhood memories, teaching the next generation of shooters, or just looking for a nice display piece, the John Wayne Signature Series Peacemaker is a must have for any wild west aficionado!
A True Replica The controls on the Peacemaker are 100% authentic. Cock back the hammer with your thumb and you hear 3 distinct clicks as the cylinder rotates and the trigger resets, just like it should. Open the loading gate and slide back the ejection rod and the shells drop out, just like they should. The trigger breaks crisp with no creep, just like it should. Everything is in its proper place, with the Peacemaker in hand any Colt aficionado feels right at home.
Special Edition John Wayne "Duke Colt Single Action Revolver" Along with the standard Peacemakers, Umarex has released the John Wayne Duke Edition Colt Peacemaker available exclusively through Airgun Depot. The Duke edition is available in the exclusive weathered finish as well as a nickel and blued finish. All models feature wood-style grips inlaid with a special John Wayne "Duke" commemorative medallion. Across the backstrap of the pistols grip you will notice the signature of the man himself, John Wayne. The Duke Edition Colt Peacemaker makes a great gift for any western movie aficionado, or those who prefer the weathered, trail worn look over the standard nickel or blue finishes.
The Pellet Peacemaker If shooting BB’s just isn't your thing and you prefer to shoot pellets, w're with you! That’s why we made sure our exclusive John Wayne Peacemakers came in a pellet version as well. While the pellet version doesn't really make any more power than the BB version, you do pick up the added advantage of a rifled barrel making shooting for accuracy a bit easier. If you're picking up extra shells, make sure you get the pellet shells rather than the bb shells. While loading the pellets may take a little longer we really like the versatility of shooting pellets, and the addition of a pellet pen really make loading go a lot faster.
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