Without doubt, the plain versions of our Santa Barbara were produced not only for the collectors among us. These revolvers can also show their capabilities at shooting championships and marksmen gatherings. Precision and durability continue to distinguish this arm today as in the past. Then the somewhat affluent marksman, or someone who wanted to afford something special, even if by saving up for it, bought himself an engraved model. At least one of the three models offered by the company should have matched the taste of the Western shooter.
Enthusiasts seeking something more could choose a top model complete with two-tone finish. The spectrum of consumer choice ran from a very plain model all the way to a finely detailed example of the engraver’s art. The prices involved remain unknown to us today, as does the question whether the highly embellished arms were intended as one-of-a-kind orders or as special gifts.