Imagine an entrepreneurial group of people beginning to manufacture blackpowder pistols on American soil... maybe in a friendly place like South Dakota, Florida, Wyoming or Texas? Maybe a line of authentic revolvers and even DA revolvers meant for carry and use in gun unfriendly regions like California or elsewhere?The "last time" was prior to the pandemic. Northern Italy has been hit hard with Covid and the new anecdotal info is that both Uberti and Pietta will resume production in April. I am not holding my breath. That is why no dealers have any inventory from them, and that is why revolvers on the used market are commanding a premium. As has been pointed out previously, supply and demand. I just won at auction a Navy Arms/Pietta Spiller & Burr (BL/1998) for $355. Pre-pandemic these guns were plentiful and available for less than $275. There are none available from any dealers these days.
If you want revolvers these days, you will have to pay the current going prices.
Imagine what it would be like if both Uberti and Pietta went under. What would your inventory be worth?
A brand new replica revolver collecting world.
Colt's resurrected percussion revolvers were "made" by UbertiThe most popular model revolvers are already made by Uberti & Pietta. Any competition would have to offer lower prices at the same quality or settle for a much smaller market by having higher quality - perhaps there is a reason that Colt quit making the 2nd generation models. A smaller but perhaps lesser served market would be single shot percussions made in the most popular rifle calibers (.45, .50 & .54) but I would not expect strong sales. Personally I wish someone made a good Whitney Navy (at Uberti prices).
As I've pointed out more than a few times, Uberti did not machine any of the Colt 2nd generation or 3rd generation pistol parts.Colt's resurrected percussion revolvers were "made" by Uberti