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Old 03-31-2008, 01:33 PM
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I have been thinking about getting into Cowboy Action Shooting and a guy I know has a Uberti Cattleman 45 LC for sale. The thing is, instead of a blade front sight and groove rear sight it has adjustable target sights. He says he bought the gun new back in the 70s just like it is now.
I have never seen target sights on one of the Cowboy Shooting guns, so I figured they were added aftermarket, despite what the owner says. Then I went to the Uberti website and see that the Buntline is/was available with target sights that look exactly like the ones on this Cattleman.
So, my question is, have any of you Cowboy Shooters seen this configuration on a Cattleman? Is this a rare find, or just some aftermarket setup? Would having target sights disqualify the gun from being used for Cowboy Action Shooting?
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:19 AM
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I have been thinking about getting into Cowboy Action Shooting and a guy I know has a Uberti Cattleman 45 LC for sale. The thing is, instead of a blade front sight and groove rear sight it has adjustable target sights. He says he bought the gun new back in the 70s just like it is now.
I have never seen target sights on one of the Cowboy Shooting guns, so I figured they were added aftermarket, despite what the owner says. Then I went to the Uberti website and see that the Buntline is/was available with target sights that look exactly like the ones on this Cattleman.
So, my question is, have any of you Cowboy Shooters seen this configuration on a Cattleman? Is this a rare find, or just some aftermarket setup? Would having target sights disqualify the gun from being used for Cowboy Action Shooting?
Thanks.
I've never seen or heard of them putting adjustable sights on the Cattleman but that doesn't mean it wasn't done. My advice to you is not to consider getting it to begin CAS with, as in the '70's the Italian made single actions (Spagetti guns we used to call them) were not nearly as reliable or uniform
as todays. Plus, you will be limited to shooting in the modern division with those sights, and you might as well get a good pair of used Ruger Blackhawks.
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:44 PM
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I don't know what kind of adjustable sights yours has, but my Cattleman Flat Top Target .45 has adjustables. They consist of a front sight adjustable for elevation, and a windage-adjustable rear. They are both secured by a lock screw -- loosen the one for the front sight, and the sight pivots up and down to adjust elevation. Loosen the rear lock screw and the rear sight can be slid left or right in its dovetail in the flat-top frame. You can go to http://media.benelliusa.com/Uberti/<WBR>products.tpl?Display=Cartridgeand follow the link to see an example of the Bisley 7.5" version. Mine is a 4.5", and an amazingly accurate revolver.

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Old 09-12-2009, 11:59 PM
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Depending on your age, SASS now allows adjustable sight guns in most categories. This was done to allow older shooters with poorer eyesight to compete against younger shooters with better eyesight. It is contested that a Blackhawk looks about as cowboy as a Glock when compared to a Vaquero or Colt clone but the concession was made to do away with the modern category and allow adjustable sights in older age based categories. I guess it would be like comparing a Colt New Frontier to a Colt Model P. The Model P with fixed sights is more expensive than a New Frontier because of its cowboy vs modern look. To me they are all Single Actions. The targets are 16"x16" and not very far away. They now allow Super Blackhawk hammers on Vaqueros and New Vaqueros which allows shooters with smaller hands or arthritis an easier time cocking the gun one handed when shooting Duelist or Gunfighter. The sport is trying to be more user friendly and a lot of the shooters are babyboomers and older. If you want to compromise you can have the front sight dovetailed so it is adjustable for windage. I don't like turning barrels and looking at crooked front sights. I would rather open up the rear notch on one side or the other for windage and file down the front sight for elevation. Truth is that a lot of the shooters don't use sights, the targets are so close they point shoot. In CA if you use the guns for CAS/SASS and hunting adjustable sights are necessary as you will be switching cowboy lead ammo for all copper hunting ammo and would need the ability to adjust sights. That is also why some shooters have dedicated competition guns and hunting guns. Sorry for being so long winded.

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Old 10-06-2009, 06:51 AM
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Back before cowboy action shooting, adjustable sights were popular on Single Action revolvers.
It was easier to find a SAA or clone with them than without them.


Back then the SAA style guns were seen as more outdoorsmen's sidearms than anything else.

And outdoorsmen shoot a lot, load their own ammo and sometimes have need of adjustable sights....

I rememeber when the only stainless gun Uberti made was a .357 cattleman and they ALL had adjustable sights. It looked remarkably like a Ruger, LOL...
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