About the Handgun:
Stampede series revolvers are modern reproductions of classic 19th century old west single-action revolvers. They replicate the dimensions, cosmetics and feel of the legendary Old West sidearm, while discretely incorporating the most modern safety features and manufacturing materials. Also, the feel and functioning is like the originals, with a multiple-click single-action hammer mechanism and a half-cock position that allows the cylinder to spin free.
Stampede revolvers are actually produced at the Uberti Aldo & Co. manufacturing facility, which was acquired by Beretta in 2000.
About the Manufacturer:
The ancestory of this Italian company dates back to 1526. The Beretta family began in the firearms business as barrel makers. Soon after, they began manufacturing their own sporting shoulder arms. The first Beretta pistols were made in 1915, and by the end of the 20th century Beretta had become one of the world's major premier handgun manufacturers.
In 1977 Beretta-USA was established, with a manufacturing facility located in Accokeek, Maryland. In 1985 the US armed forces adopted Beretta's Model 92 pistol as their standard sidearm.
About the Cartridge:
Smith & Wesson introduced this cartridge for its heavy-frame revolver. Ammunition was developed by Winchester in cooperation with Smith & Wesson. Using a lengthened and strengthened version of the .38 Special case, the .357 Magnum was rapidly accepted by hunters and law enforcement. At the time of its introduction, it was claimed to easily pierce the body panels of automobiles and crack engine blocks. While it has less power than the .44 Magnum, it compares favorably to the 10mm Norma and .45 ACP, but with better armor penetration. Today factories offer over fifty different loadings in this caliber.