Preview – Cowboy Action Shooting – Ruger, Beretta, and Cimarron

Cowboy action guns! Snippet of a collaboration video with my dad, Whiterook85. Full video w/ reviews & shooting of several cowboy action guns can be seen on his YouTube channel here.

Full credit to Whiterook85 for direction, editing, and production. The incredible acting? Well, I think we all know who deserves at least half the accolades for that.

Description from Whiterook85 on what’s in the full video:

Comparing three six guns, or Colt 1873 clones. The Ruger New Vaquero, Beretta Stampede, and the Cimarron Wyatt Earp Frontier Buntline Special are show cased here We started out with a little reenactment of a scene from “For A Few Dollars More” just to get in the Western mood, then headed down to the range to shoot these three fine firearms. Sintax77 joined me to do the shooting for this one, since I was on the disabled list with an arm injury. We started out with the Ruger New Vaquero in .38/.357, these aren’t cowboy loads (which are normally less than 1000fps) that he was shooting, but it shows the versatility that the Ruger possesses. Next was the Beretta Stampede in 44wcf or 44-40, it’s a great looking firearm that points well and has a light trigger. Finally the big Cimarron Wyatt Earp Frontier Buntline Special made by Pietta in .45 Long Colt. This is a great reproduction of a working/firing version of a movie prop from Tombstone. The case coloring on the frame is excellent, and it does balance well in the hand for having that long barrel.

One thing about the movie scene, we used camera angles, digital overlays, and even the old fishing line to pull off some of the “stunts”. We were completely safe doing this and I can only as that you don’t try it home! If you do have any questions on how I did it I would be glad to answer them.

“Interloper” Kevin MacLeod (
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So My Gun Blew Up… Chiappa 1911-22 Fail – And Gun Genie Warranty Update

About a year and a half ago, I purchased a Chiappa 1911-22 model pistol for use as a recreational plinking gun. I’ve had minor issues with this pistol since day one that have made me contemplate taking advantage of my Gun Genie lifetime warranty, but at this point I don’t think I have much other choice.

While shooting it at the cabin earlier this Fall, it decided to puke a bunch of parts out of the front end. The main point of failure was the barrel bushing. Which is kind of important, since it holds all those otherwise airborne parts in place. I had always known that this gun used a cheaper metal (Chiappa calls it Chiappalloy), but I guess my batch was particularly weak.

After doing an Easter egg hunt for the recoil spring, spring guide, and spring plunger, we finally found the remaining piece of the barrel bushing. Apparently it had broken cleanly off while the action was cycling.

Luckily I had purchased this gun thorough a online retailer who has a lifetime guarantee (I had already read of “smaller” problems such as failure to eject, failure to lock back on empty, and stove pipes, on the internet), so I sent I sent it back for a their choice of either replacement or repair. Otherwise I guess I’d be contacting Chiappa for a replacement bushing. Ugh.

And here’s the update video on the fate of my Chiappa 1911-22 pistol and my experience with Davidson’s Lifetime Guarantee through the Gun Genie website.