You know, it’s always a little sad when a cool gun doesn’t sell well enough and ends up getting dropped from the product line. Such was the case with the Beretta Laramie, which was Beretta’s clone of the classic S&W Schofield revolver. The Schofield was a truly revolutionary design in its heyday, featuring a break open cylinder that allowed for much faster reloading that the contemporary Colt Single Action Army.
The Beretta version wasn’t actually a Beretta, in a technical sense. Uberti has been well known as the leading producer of western style firearms, cranking out some truly lovely copies of the classic Colts, as well as several models of the Schofield. What you may not know is that Uberti is also a subsidiary company of Beretta. Much as Beretta does with their Stampede, they essentially cherry-picked the parts for the Laramie from Uberti parts, and then assembled them in the Beretta facility.
So what was it that killed the Laramie? Probably a couple of factors, not the least of which was the 1,000 dollar price tag hanging on the gun, especially when you could (and still can) get an Uberti for half that. It also doesn’t help that the Single Action market is owned by Colt clones. It’s much easier to find a gunsmith and parts for your Ruger Vaquero than it is to find them for a Schofield style revolver. It’s a damn shame, at that. You can still get a Schofield, though. If you’ve been watching 3:10 to Yuma and have a craving for a break too, Uberti still carries one.
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