In 2002 F.A.P F.lli Pietta decided to enrich their already wide range of Old West replicas with the most famous revolver known to date: the 1873 Single Action Army Model. Extensive research into the design of the original model together with a substantial investment in time, high quality steels and modern state of the art machinery, has produced a faithful reproductions of the originals. It was introduced to the US Market in time for the SASS Single Action Shooting Society) Convention in December 2002 where, within 3 months, against all competition it won the award as the Best Gun of 2002.