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Custom Ruger New Bearcat from Single Action Service Chambered for the 327 Federal Magnum Cartridge [cached]

We have reviewed custom revolvers here before from Alan Harton of Single Action Service in Houston, Texas, but none that I have fired have been as entirely useful as this dandy little Bearcat that he has converted to fire the 327 Federal Magnum cartridge. This little jewel is built upon Ruger's New Bearcat 22 rimfire revolver , which Mr. Harton has fitted with a longer five-shot cylinder and a trim little tapered octagon three-inch barrel.

If you are interested in having Alan Harton build one of these little jewels for you, give him a call. He can build it with various barrel lengths and configurations, and other sight and stock options, as desired.
To contact Alan Harton's Single Action Service, call 713-772-8314 or 713-907-6031, or email
Harton 327 Bearcat, compared to an unmodified stainless steel Ruger New Bearcat .

Sow’s Ear Becomes A Silk Purse [cached]

However, magic still exists and Alan Harton of Single Action Service has literally transformed a sow's ear into a silk purse.

Alan Harton is my latest sixgunsmith "discovery" thanks to friends Bob Baer of the Houston area and Sergeant Fermi Garza of the Corpus Christi Police Department.
Both found Alan, looked at the genius entailed in his work, and contacted me immediately.
To these men I sent a fairly good specimen to use as a basis for building a custom sixgun; Alan Harton was not treated so kindly. In fact I sent him a real dog of a sixgun. We often use the term "ridden hard and put up wet"; this one looked like it was never put up, it was just left out in the wet. Just as with the other sixgunsmiths we started with a Three-Screw Ruger .357 Blackhawk. Today to get a decent specimen a Flat-Top from 1955 to 1962 will run $600 or more, while Old Models originally offered from 1963 to 1972 command prices in excess of $400.
The 4-5/8" Old Model sent to Harton cost me $100. It was originally purchased as a beater sixgun, that is, one to be used without any fear of harming the finish no matter what task it was put to. The action was loose and the finish was basically gone; actually the finish could be called early pitting. Except for the pitting the rest of the condition did not make any difference as Alan would basically discard everything except the frame and the cylinder. Even so, it would be a challenge. Alan was up to the challenge in spades and the result is one of most beautiful sixguns I now own.
Starting with the sow's ear/beater Ruger Old Model .357 Blackhawk, Harton completely stripped the sixgun to its component parts, and, as mentioned, for this project basically discarded everything except the cylinder and mainframe; everything else would be replaced or greatly altered. The original cylinder was re-chambered to .44 Special and re-fitted to the frame with absolutely no play either front to back or side to side. The octagon barrel was meticulously machined with an integral front sight base and then fitted to the frame so the barrel/cylinder gap is barely discernible; in fact a .002" gauge will not enter the gap. This 5-1/2" octagonal barrel sets this particular .44 aside as one very special Special. To come up with the barrel, Harton started with a Douglas barrel blank and machined it to shape himself. The left side is marked ".44 SPECIAL" and top is inscribed "SINGLE ACTION SERVICE". Harton learned his craft by spending 34 years as a machinst before switching to custom gunsmithing; his background has been proper training for him to be a true artist working in steel.
This grip frame matched up with the beautifully fitted, smooth ivory stocks which Alan Harton shaped to perfection removes all "hotspots"; that is, even when shooting 250-260 grain.44 Special and .45 Colt loads at 900-1100 fps using the standard Colt Single Action grip frame my hand will fatigue after 300 or so are loads.

Alan Harton Custom Keith Number Five 44 Special Revolver from Single Action Service [cached]

Alan Harton Custom Keith Number Five 44 Special Revolver from Single Action Service

Alan Harton custom Keith "Number Five" 44 Special revolver.
Elephant ivory grips, custom-fitted by Alan Harton, feature a scrimshaw rendition of the classic Mexican eagle by Boge Quinn .
The revolver shown here is a beautifully-executed Number Five built primarily out of stainless steel by Alan Harton of Single Action Service of Houston, Texas. It uses better springs and stronger steel than the original. The original was fully engraved, and this Harton gun is not yet embellished, but it is a beautiful sixgun, displaying superb fit and finish, and will be sent to an engraver later.
Alan Harton is a master at his craft. I have viewed, handled, and fired some of his weapons before , but this Number Five is a superb work of firearms art, and the level of craftsmanship exceeded my high expectations.
Alan Harton beautifully replicated the cylinder base pin catch of the Keith Number Five, which is a work of art in itself. The head of the base pin is large, as it should be for ease of use, and has the classic hourglass shape of the Keith Number Five. The base pin and latch are blued steel, as are the Bisley-style hammer and the wide trigger. The barrel/cylinder gap measures a very consistent .003 inch, and the cylinder lockup is perfect, with no discernable endplay nor rotational play, as expected on such a high-grade custom sixgun.
The grip frame of the Harton Number Five faithfully replicates the feel of the Keith sixgun, as best as I can determine. I have never held the original, but from what I have been able to determine, Mr. Harton got it right.
The ivory grips on this Number Five were fitted by Alan Harton, and the scrimshaw work was done by my little brother, Boge.
Alan Harton has done lots of work for Fermin prior to this, but this Number Five is, to me, the pinnacle of sixgun craftsmanship, and is the finest sixgun that I have seen to come out of Mr. Harton's shop.
Alan Harton has done lots of work for Fermin prior to this, but this Number Five is, to me, the pinnacle of sixgun craftsmanship, and is the finest sixgun that I have seen to come out of Mr. Harton's shop.
This fine sixgun by Alan Harton is not only an excellent example of the gun maker's art, but an homage to the man who designed The Last Word in sixgun perfection.
To contact Alan Harton's Single Action Service, call 713-722-8314 or 713-907-6301 or email

The Guns of Alan Harton's Single Action Service [cached]

There are few who can be counted among the best, but recently I was introduced to the work of Alan Harton of Single Action Service in Houston, Texas, and he certainly qualifies.

Having never met Mr. Harton, I had seen some of his work briefly before, but had never been able to closely examine any of his revolvers.
That old Colt had been blown apart at some time, and Alan Harton meticulously rebuilt the thing, starting with only half a frame. The pictures do more to detail that Colt that I could ever describe. In fact, all of the guns that I examined are better detailed in the pictures. Enjoy!
One gun that Alan Harton builds that I did not get to see, but heard about, is a six-shot .32-20 conversion on a Ruger Single Six frame. I can't wait to try that one at the range! Look for a review here later.
If you like what you see here, give Alan Harton a call. His turn-around time is relatively quick, and his prices are reasonable. Contact him by telephone at: 713-772-8314 or 713-907-6031.
You can email Mr. Harton at:

"Flattop" 32 Magnum Single Six - Ruger Forum [cached]

I'm posting this for Alan Harton, owner of Single Action Service, regarding a recent project he completed.Cool gun.

Alan HartonSingle Action
Pass on to Alan, that I for one think it's a GREAT job, all around nice package.
Alan converted an OM .357 to .44 Special for me and a S&W M28 to .44 Special also.As the photos show, he does fine work.Good prices too.

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