Colt Peacemaker Buntline 7 ½”
The “Buntline” designation has a unique history, as an original was never mass-produced. It was instead based on preferred modifications based on Dime Novelist Ned Buntline’s preferences in a firearm (SA revolver chambered in .45 Long Colt with a barrel length of 16 inches and a removable stock). The Buntline name is also falsely associated with Wyatt Earp – a famous participant of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Generally speaking however, the term “Buntline” is more associated with a single action pistol with a long barrel.
I bought this Colt Peacemaker Buntline from a fellow calguns.net member a few months ago. It’s chambered for 22 caliber bullets and came with one cylinder for the 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire cartridge. Some models come with two cylinders, the other for .22 long rifle cartridges.
This particular Colt Peacemaker has a 7 ½” barrel with a cased-hardened receiver and a flat top. The serial number indicates that it was manufactured in 1975. With a traditional Colt, it must be loaded and ejected on shell or cartridge at a time with the hammer pulled back at half cock. The cylinder can be taken out by taking out the cylinder pin to do any necessary cleaning or in some instances, exchange it for a cylinder of a different cartridge.
The grips that came with this particular pistol are plastic with the classic prancing pony and an eagle with a ribbon (closely resembling the Great Seal of the United States in 1782) noting the motto “E Pluribus Unum” – or “Out of many, is One.”
I neglected to take pictures of the heel, but there’s engraving that resembles a whirlpool of water. The left side of the barrel is marked “Peacemaker Buntline” and the top is marked with “Colt’s P.T.F.A. MFG. CO Hartford CT. U.S.A.”
I haven’t shot a 22-magnum pistol before and this pistol proves it to be fun. The recoil isn’t noticeable, but the deeper boom, instead of the light snappy noise, makes me smile. The action of the hammer is distinctive and tight. Pulling back the hammer attenuates four clicks. According to Masad Ayoob, “Aficionados say when you cock the hammer of the real thing, its four clicks spell C-O-L-T. Many of the newer versions–the Beretta/Uberti Stampede, the Ruger Vaquero, and Colt’s own Cowboy–give three audible and palpable clicks as their hammers are eared back. I like to think this spells N-E-W.”
Inserting and ejecting shells is actually fun. It paces my shooting and helps me avoid the 45 caliber weapon for a little bit. I also think of Revolver Ocelot from the Metal Gear Solid video game series when I shoot this revolver – silly, I know. “This reload time is exhilarating!” Accuracy on the other hand seems to be scattered. I’m not much of a shoot, so I may just need more practice. I think aligning the sights seem to be the most difficult for me.
Trigger is crisp just as the cylinder lateral and vertical play is minimal. Pulling the hammer half way will allow the cylinder to spin clockwise and locks up perfectly to the ejection rod when spun counter-clockwise.
I haven’t shot it much. I merely bought it for the Colt factor. It is a fun plinker and will prove to be fun for new shooters too. Just remember to absolutely NOT dry fire this pistol – one will peen the cylinder or the firing pin.