Uberti has been producing replica single action style cowboy revolvers, and lever action rifles. Although they have reproduced many models to exacting detail, some features have been improved for safety or simply from modern materials and machining processes for a superior longer lasting firearm. The Uberti 1873 Birds head 3.5" .357 magnum is quick and easy to handle. The Birds head grip which was first introduced on the Colt derringer in the 1850's, and was introduced in 1877 into more full size revolvers due to its popularity and comfortable shooting characteristics. The blued steel trigger guard and backstrap matte up perfectly with the case colored hardened frame with walnut grips for a classic look. Infamous outlaw Billy the kid was said to have used the birds head style revolver, along with many lawmen and outlaws alike. Being a single action style revolver, the 1873 Birds head 3.5" .357 magnum has a loading gate on the side for loading and unloading. The hammer must set to a partial cock to set the firing pin out of the way and allows the cylinder to spin freely.