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Allen Fire Arms-A. Uberti Inspector.

In recent years, revolvers that are close copies of the famous Colt Detective Special have been appearing on the European market. Although they have been sold under different names, they are actually the products of A. Uberti & CO. of Brescia, Italy--a firm best known for its high quality reproductions of caplock and cartridge arms of the black powder era.

Now Allen Fire Arms is importing these revolvers to the United States. Because of GCA '68 restrictions, the two-inch barreled versions popular in Europe cannot be imported, but the same revolver is being offered with a three-inch barrel, in many ways a better choice. Overall length with the three-inch barrel is eight inches.

Longer barreled versions of the same basic revolver are available with vent ribs and adjustable sights. Available calibers are .38 Special and .32 S&W long.

Our three-inch, fixed sighted "Inspector" test revolver in .38 Special closely resembled the Colt in design and appearance. Major differences are that the three-inch Colt Detective Special's ejector rod shroud extends to the muzzle; the Inspector's ends just beyond the ejector rod. The Colt has a hammer-nose firing pin; the Uberti's is of the frame mounted "floating" type. A minor aesthetic criticism of the Inspector is that when the hammer is at rest, there is an unsightly gap between the front face of the hammer and the frame.

In all other respects the Inspector is a handsome pistol. Polish and blueing are first rate. The oversize stocks are nicely figured checkered walnut and should fit most hands very well.

The fixed sights are also very good--wide, easy to pick up and offering a good sight picture.

The single action trigger broke at 5-3/4 pounds with a trace of creep. The double-action pull was a little on the heavy side but still quite usable.

In our shooting tests, using Federal 158-grain lead round nose ammo and Pro-Load 158-grain lead semi-wadcutters, the revolver printed two-inch groups at 50 feet with both types of ammo. At 25 yards, groups opened up to about 3-1/2 inches. This is acceptable accuracy for a revolver of its type. In the author's hands it tended to print somewhat to the left of point of aim. In double-action fire two misfires were encountered with the Pro-Load cartridges. Functioning was otherwise perfect throughout the tests. The all-steel revolver's 24-ounce weight was an aid to control-ability in DA fire.

Priced at $249, the Allen/Uberti Inspector appears to be a well-made revolver based on a proven design. It should give good service for home, shop or personal protection.

For more information, contact Allen Fire Arms Co., Dept. GA, 1107 Pen Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
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Title Annotation:revolver evaluation
Author:Libourel, Jan
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Jun 1, 1984
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