Stoger (uberti No.3 2nd Model)
I have a chance to buy a used Uberti Break top in 45 long colt produced for Stoger. It must be an early production since the serial number is F00662. Does anyone know if these had any problems? I have read where the early production models for Navy Arms would fly open upon shooting due to a latch malfunction. The pistol I am looking at has been shot only a couple of times as can be seen on the barrel and cylinder. Thanks for any help.
I'm assuming the model you're talking about is the Schofield reproduction. (Uberti also reproduces the New Model Russian and "Laramie" breaktops.)
While every gun can be different, the biggest problems I recall occurred when the Schofields were first being imported. Uberti manufactured a version as did Army San Marco which sold at that time under the Cimarron brand. There were MANY prooblems with the ASM version and it was eventually discontinued. As far as know, the Uberti version never suffered from these significant problems.
As I said, each gun can be different, but I think as a whole, the Uberti Schofields are solid and sound.
BTW, the age of the Italian guns are not determined by serial number, but rather by a letter code (usualy 2 letters in a box) located somewhere on the firearm.
Hope this helps.