Revisiting the Peacemakers Part 4
Rethinking the Ace in the Hole
By Dennis Adler
There are three ways to do things; the right way, the wrong way, and the way you have to do them, right or wrong. From my standpoint, the Umarex Legends Ace in the Hole was a mistake, although it has continued to sell well within the market it appeals to. This is divided between fans of the Sylvester Stalone Expendables films, and Cowboy shooters willing to overlook the modern alterations to the SAA movie gun, the fanning hammer, faux ported barrel and drop-in plastic front sight (added by Umarex so the guns could actually be aimed). The Ace is an oddity, but the bottom line is that for a short barrel pellet pistol, it shoots darn well!
Making things right…almost
What the Ace needed was a different hammer and barrel. We’ve got one out of two issues corrected now, plus a choice of finishes, including the example shown here, an all nickel model with correct Colt-style hammer. The 3-1/2 inch barrel is still burdened with the faux porting and drop-in front sight, but this version, which can be created with the new Pyramyd Air “Airgun Builder” for Peacemakers, leaves us with a far more interesting gun. (I can hear people shaking cans of silver spray paint to make the plastic drop-in front sight less obvious…)
To build this combo you don’t use the “Ace in the Hole” selection, but rather go to the Nickel Peacemaker (pellet models) builder and select all nickel parts, nickel 3.5 inch barrel, and your choice of grips. I went with the ivory medallion. (If you don’t like the medallion, plain white grips are still offered if you scroll through the regular Peacemaker menu.) This is what your order page should look like.
Every gun you design can also be saved and shared, (at the top of the section at the right that ends with Order my Build), so you can download and review different combinations before actually placing an order.
Within the “Ace in the Hole” menu are a variety of combinations and barrel lengths, so you can create some interesting looking guns all based around a weathered frame. The only way to start with a weathered frame, however, is with the Ace model. This particular “Airgun Builder” is going to be updated as soon as 5-1/2 inch weathered barrels become available, to create guns like the example below, which I have named “The Duelist” (or “Dualist” because it is two colors) combining weathered and nickel parts. Presently, you can already build this same color combination using a 7-1/2 inch barrel, which is a pretty good looking sixgun, and not unlike a few that came out of Colt’s with blued frames and nickel cylinders. Pietta also make a .45 Colt model in this same combination, so it is pretty well established.
Wednesday, I’m going to put the all nickel 3-1/2 inch model to the test since its handling will be far more traditional than the test I did a couple of years back with the Ace in the Hole, and Friday I reveal the rest of my personal favorite combinations.
Win the Nickel 3-1/2 inch model by answering these 10 questions
Between now and this Thursday night the first person to answer all of the following questions correctly will win my all nickel 3-1/2 inch Peacemaker! Just post your answers in today’s article’s comments section by 11:59 PM Thursday. The first person to get them all correct (or has the most correct answers) will win the gun. You will find most of the answers to these questions in my previous Airgun Experience Peacemaker articles; so time to go back read them again.
Who designed the Colt Peacemaker?
In what year was the first patent for the Peacemaker (Single Action Army) granted?
In what year did Colt’s build its first Sheriff’s Model without an ejector?
What was the barrel length on that first Sheriff’s Model?
In what year was the Transverse Cylinder Latch design introduced on the Peacemaker?
We know the first caliber for the Peacemaker was .45 Colt. What was the second caliber introduced in 1875?
The first Limited Edition John Wayne Shootist CO2 model (blued and hand engraved gun with presentation box) was based on the guns Wayne used in his last film, The Shootist. Who built those engraved .45 Colts for John Wayne? Here’s a hint, it wasn’t Colt!
In what year did Colt’s introduce 4-3/4 and 5-1/2 inch barrels?
When did Colt suspend manufacturing of the Peacemaker?
When did Colt reintroduce the Peacemaker?