Heritage Mfg Rough Rider Big Bore, For years I had been seeing Heritage Rough Rider revolvers for sale on the local gun shop circuit. I never really paid much attention to them until earlier this year when I saw their 16″ barrelled 22 revolvers. Around that same time, I happened to notice what looked like a Colt Single Action Army, or at least a clone, in a used gun case at a local shop. I asked the manager if I could see it and he showed it to me.
I was surprised to see it said “Heritage Rough Rider”. I am a revolver collector, especially of single actions and somehow this model eluded me. When I ordered the 16″ small-bore Rough Rider for testing, I asked for one of the “Big Bore versions in 357 Magnum to go with it.
Heritage builds the Rough Rider revolvers in Florida, with parts made by Pietta in Italy. I had heard of Pietta as they manufacture similar revolvers for Taylors & Company and Cimarron Firearms and always thought they made a fine revolver.
The Rough Rider has a much lower price than both Taylor’s and Cimarron’s. It strongly resembles the Colt 1873 Peacemaker and is available in the three standard barrel lengths: 4.75″, 5.5″, and 7.5”. They can be had in either 357 Magnum or 45 Colt. These are probably the two most popular calibers in Cowboy Action Shooting.
|Model Name||Rough Rider Big Bore|
|Caliber||.45 Long Colt|
|Sights||Fixed Front/ Adjustable Rear|
|Condition||New in Box|