Hey fellers I'm new here and was lookn for some help. I've been doing authentic civilwar reenacting for about 12 years and have also done some historical trekking doing the longhunter and mountain man stuff. That being said I've often thought about single action Shootn and glad to find NCOWS as I'm a stickler for authenticity ( it's just how my head works it might be a curse! ( ; ) I went to my first sass shoot yesterday and met some nice folks and actually got to do a little Shootn a nice fella took some time talking to me and let me shoot his pistols,rifle and shot gun I thought that was pretty cool of him! Any way I'm looking to buy some revolvers and am trying sort through all the info on the net wich can be a chore. I've also checked out the NCOWS approved list. I've talked to usfa and they are a year out to fill a order ) : talked to a few guys and they seem to love the Rugers I just can't seem to get past them not really being correct. All that being said I'm looking hard at the cimmeron's and Taylor's I know both are made by uberti. Am I on the right track with these two outfits? What would be the most correct model and barrel lengths?
If you are shooting for an early 1870's cartridge persona, I'd go with a 72 Open Top conversion or a Colt Peacemaker replica with a long barrel (7.5). The shorter barrel Colts didn"t show much till the late 70's and early 80's. For a rifle, you can't beat a 66 or 73 replica.
If you like the S&W designs, the No. 3 Schofield was an 1875 design. The No. 3 Russian saw light as early as 1871. Uberti makes replicas of both. Smith also made an "American" model as early as 1870. No current replica exists. Again, the longer barrels represent the era better The Smith replicas will cost you a couple hundred more than the Colt replicas. I started out shooting solide frame Colt replicas. Capt Jarrett is correct about the S&W Bug. Once it bites, it's hard to shoot a revolver without a hinge on it.
Sticking with Uberti will keep you in good shape on both quality and authenticity.