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For the Red Dead Redemption variant, see Cattleman Revolver.

The Cattleman Revolver is a weapon featured in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online.


A popular and classic sidearm, the Buck Cattleman is a great all-around revolver, featuring a good balance of damage, accuracy and fire rate. Suited for close to medium-range combat, this gun can also be dual-wielded and used on horseback. This gun has an ammo capacity of six rounds, and can use Regular, High Velocity, Split Point, Express and Explosive revolver ammo.[1]


The Cattleman Revolver is a good all-around weapon for most situations. It has a high fire rate when fired from the hip, and moderate accuracy, damage, and range. It can be upgraded with rifling, which improves the range, as well as a longer barrel and improved iron sights, which improve the accuracy. It can take as many as 3-4 shots to kill an NPC if they are shot in the torso, unless they are shot in the head, in the neck or in the upper chest, in which case a single shot is enough.


In both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online, this revolver is available from the start of the game. The player can purchase a second model from any gunsmith, or pick one up from slain NPCs.

Components & Styles


Grip Cost ($)
Basic Grip Default
Ironwood Grip 14.00
Ebony Grip 12.00
Pearl Grip 15.00
Hero's Pearl Grip
(Available to players at Honor Rank 4 or higher)
Barrel Cost ($)
Length Short Barrel Default
Long Barrel 12.00
Rifling Standard Rifling Default
Improved Rifling 15.00
Iron Sights Cost ($)
Stock Sights Default
Improved Sights 5.00


Metals Components - Cost ($)
Frame Hammer Sight Trigger
Iron 4.00 6.00 3.25 2.00 2.75
Nickel 4.50 6.50 3.50 2.25 3.25
Blued Steel 4.75 7.25 4.00 2.50 3.25
Blackened Steel 5.50 8.50 4.50 2.75 4.00
Browned Steel 6.00 9.00 4.75 3.00 4.50
Brass 6.50 9.50 5.25 3.25 4.50
Silver 7.25 10.75 5.50 3.50 5.25
Gold 8.00 12.00 6.50 4.00 4.50
Engravings Option Cost (S)
Engraving Style
(Applicable to the Barrel, Cylinder and Frame each)
None/Remove 0.30
Baroque 5.00
Art Nouveau 6.50
Victorian 8.50
Ornamental 10.00
Inlay Metals Iron 1.50
Nickel 2.25
Blued Steel 3.00
Blackened Steel 3.75
Browned Steel 5.25
Brass 6.00
Silver 7.50
Gold 9.00
Grip Customzations Option Cost ($)
(Unavailable for the Hero's Pearl Grips)
None/Remove 1.00
Rattlesnake 12.00
Scorpion 12.50
Puma 13.75
Deer 14.50
Eagle 15.00
Buck 15.25
(Only available for Basic Grips or Ironwood Grips)
Birch/Mahogany 1.50
Black Walnut/Maple 2.00
Bocote/Mesquite 2.50
Dark Rosewood/Myrtle 3.00
Bubinga/Rosewood 3.50
Cocobolo/Wild Cherry 4.00
Ebony/Bright Maple 4.50
Walnut/Dark Walnut 5.00


  • The Cattleman Revolver is based on the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army Revolver.
    • Based on the 5.5 inch Artillery model. When the long barrel is bought and put at the Gunsmith, it becomes the Cavalry model with the 7.5 inch barrel.
  • The Cattleman Revolver is by far the most widely used weapon among various NPCs, Lawmen and bandits. This can be seen as a historical accuracy of the game, as the Colt Model 1873 is generally regarded as the most popular revolver of the Old West. In addition to the appeal of its reliability and other qualities, its popularity came about in part because by 1877 Colt made models of this weapon that could use ammunition that was compatible with the Winchester Model 1873 repeater (and later the Winchester Model 1892).
  • John Marston has his own unique Cattleman Revolver, as well as various other gang members such as Hosea Matthews, Sadie Adler, Kieran Duffy, Sean MacGuire and Lenny Summers, who also have their own unique versions. Charles Smith is shown owning a Cattleman Revolver, but never uses it.
  • Although the word "cattleman" can be thought of as a pun of the older word "cowboy", the former originated as a serious term in the 1860s with the rise of large ranches and the demands for raising and herding cattle on a large scale.
  • Once the player has an Honor rank of +4 or higher (75%+ on the Honor bar), the unique Hero's Pearl Grip will become purchasable at any Gunsmith for this weapon only.
  • During "Jim Milton Rides, Again?" and "Pouring Forth Oil IV", the revolver is seen with an incorrect swing-out cylinder.
  • Given that the weapon is given to the player from the start, it is impossible to “View” the weapon from Gunsmith catalogue and hear their dialogues.
  • Alfredo Montez utilizes a Cattleman Revolver customized with an ebony grip.
  • The Cattleman is one of the fastest reloading revolvers in the game. This is in stark contrast with its real life counterpart, as its gate-loading mechanism means that it reloads very slowly with each empty case needing to be ejected before new cartridges are inserted one by one.



  1. In-game description.