The Uberti El Patron is a variant of the 1873 Cattleman revolver. It is found in .38/357 magnum, or in .45 Long Colt. It's an upgrade from the standard Cattleman revolver, with nicer grips and more fit and finish. The MSRP, at $649, reflects the upgrades.
As nice as it is, I have no use for one. I have my revolvers. But, earlier today I was in Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs, LA and saw on in the glass counter, so I asked to look at it. It was in .38/357 magnum, and it had the 4.75" barrel. I was intrigued.
Our holster maker is a big fan of the .357 magnum, a caliber for which I have a lot of affection.
Our holster maker has been making a few CFDA holsters and has been borrowing one of my revolvers so that he can properly fit the holster to the revolver. We appreciate his efforts.
Our holster maker had a birthday last week.
Our holster maker lives in Baton Rouge, LA, just a few miles from the Bass Pro in Denham Springs.
I admit a certain affection for the .38/.357 revolver. I have several, and spent a few years leanring the intricacy of loading for it. It is very versatile. I also happen to know that our holster maker has a very nice Marlin 1894C, which is an almost perfect companion piece for a single action revolver.
So, there I was, in the Bass Pro Shops, just a few miles from my holster maker's home, with a nice single action revolver in my hand, in a caliber he likes, dimensionally identical to my Cattleman that he has borrowed. There was only one thing to do.
"Give me a 4473." I told the counter guy.
An hour later, we were at his house, where I swapped the El Patron for my Cattleman. It was a win-win for both of us. I got my Cattleman back, he got a revolver that he can use for holster making.
Here is a nice video about the El Patron. I didn't realize that it comes factory standard with Wolff springs.
Happy Birthday, son.