- Nov 2, 2014
I said the Colt 1851 Navy was the best, because of it's balance and natural pointing ability. The 1860 Army has a larger grip with a slightly different shape. when Colt introduced their 1873 Single-Action Army, they went back to the '51 Navy grip frame, and that's the one most single-actions imitate today.Someone mentioned blackpowder? 1860 Colt Fluted Cyl. That's one sexy gun!
The grips on the Mark Series/Luger/Nambu may be straight (because they house the magazines), but the angle comes close to matching the SAA, and that's why people find them to be better single-handed pointers than most semi-autos. However, when you bring semi-autos up to eye level for a good sight picture, with either a one- or two-handed grip, the 1911/22/45 is better (and the Mark II/Luger are usually pointing HIGH). It's all in the wrist, like pointing your finger.