I have handled a few 1858 Remington New Army 44s over the years. They all seemed to be decent quality without exception. I did like the larger grips and finish of the Pietta, and in fact thought Pietta may be the best of the Italian manufacturers, right up until the time I held an Uberti made 1858 Remington New Army in my hand.
The revolver had a much better feel and balance than the others. When cocking the revolver the action was exceptionally crisp and smooth, and the hammer was a bit stiffer due to the stronger mainspring.
Was this a new Uberti 1858 Remington New Army 44? Nope, it was made in 1971 by Uberti and imported under the Lyman Arms label. (Note: Only the 1858 Remington style revolvers by Lyman were made by Uberti. The Colts were made by Armi San Poalo).
The internals showed little wear, though the revolver had been shot quite a bit at some time. The barrel and frame had no nicks, unlike the revolvers manufactured by others with softer metals. Another factor could have been the fact that they just don’t make them like they used to.
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