You can always get a Ruger or BFR both god guns. I carry my model 83s with four rounds and the 5th round is irrelevant to me, I will never get off more than 2 rounds if an animal attacks me, same in an hunting situation. To be honest I delayed buying my first model 83 by 3 years because of the 4 round situation but as I shot them more and more that concern faded away. Guns are nothing but trade offs, always trading something off for something else. Thanks for your replyI don't understand why they think transfer bars are trashy. I want a gun I can pack with ALL holes loaded! Especially at that price!
I understand that! My first generation 454 Casull BRF has the Ruger SBH square back grip frame with 'standard size' grip panels (meaning not Pachmayr oversize rubber grips). Anyone that can shoot a cylinder full, five shots....or even four, or three, with a ungloved hand and comes away with a smile on their face, and no tear running down their cheek, will definitely deserve (and get) a 'tip of the hat' from me.....might even buy them lunch! That square back guard hits the middle finger like laying your hand down on a bench and taking a hammer to it. Maybe I'm just a 'wuss' at my age, but the only way that thing is any fun to shoot is loading it down to semi-heavy Colt loads. There is no comparison between that and a 44 mag SBH with the square guard. How do you spell 'discomfort'!Not a problem.
Between the cost of ammo, and arthritis developing in my hands, it's about all I could handle
I spent a good deal of time with the FA '83 this evening and did not understand THAT that I thought I understood for the last 12 years.The FA '83 doesn't have a traditional 'half cock/quarter cock' 'safety notch' of the Colt SAA family. Instead, it has a unique hammer block that interposes steel between steel parts and makes it safe. BUT, to get the hammer into that safe position it must be drawn back so far that a 'slip-off' results in a fire. Test prove it has enough energy to set off factory ammo and handloads with rifle primers. Also, the safety notch in the FA '83 is far enough back to unlock the cylinder and start the hand rotating it before the safety notch is engaged. That means putting the gun 'on safe' is a two step operation of setting the hammer in the proper position, then also rotating the cylinder back into lock. If not rotated back into lock, the gun is 'jammed up' when the hammer is attempted to be drawn back.
The guns were ten years obsolete when first made and not 'state of the art' due to the game changing Ruger transfer bar system.
I have a 6” BFR Custom Shop .475 Linebaugh, and a 4 5/8” Bisley Super Blackhawl .480. Both are wonderfull revolvers. I recent;u acquired a 6” Model 83 in .454 Casull with the optional .45 Colt cylinder. It is far beyond my expectations. The precision built into the F/A is with comparison in all but a very few customs. My next revolver will be a Model 83 if I can ever lay my hands on one chambered in 500 Linebaugh.You can always get a Ruger or BFR both god guns. I carry my model 83s with four rounds and the 5th round is irrelevant to me, I will never get off more than 2 rounds if an animal attacks me, same in an hunting situation. To be honest I delayed buying my first model 83 by 3 years because of the 4 round situation but as I shot them more and more that concern faded away. Guns are nothing but trade offs, always trading something off for something else. Thanks for your reply