Freedom Arms Model 83 Field Grade 353 Casull 357 Mag Single Action Revolver

SOLD FOR: $1,650

WOA#:  WY231122CW001

Make: Freedom Arms

Model:  Model 83

Serial Number: HF0069

Year of Manufacture: Circa late 80’s.

Caliber: .353 Casull & .357 Magnum

Action Type:  Single Action Revolver with Side Loading Gate and Shrouded Ejector Rod.

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “FREEDOM ARMS 353 CASULL .357 MAG / *FREEDOM, WYOMING U.S.A.*”.  The bottom of the frame is marked “HF0069”.  The right side of the frame is marked “FREEDOM ARMS/ FIELD GRADE”.  The left side of the frame has a patent number.

Barrel Length: 9”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded partridge blade pinned to the barrel on a raised base. The rear sight is a Fully Adjustable rectangular notch sight with serrated face pinned to the top strap.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The grips are two piece textured/checkered rubber. The checkering is crisp with sharp peaks.  There are only light signs of handling. The grips are in Excellent overall condition.

Type of Finish: Stainless Steel

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no visible erosion..  There are fire marks at the muzzle and on the faces of the chambers.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8.5/10.

Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 97% of its finish. The turn line is crisp and thin on the cylinder.  The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. There is some spotted rust on the barrel exterior in a few places as well as on the rear sight.  There are some faint scratches on the barrel and frame.  Overall, this revolver rates in about Very Good condition.  Please see our photos for a better understanding of this handgun’s condition.  The timing is excellent and the chambers have no perceptible play upon lockup.

Mechanics: The action functions as intended. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements. Side Loading Gate.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories:  None.

Our Assessment:   The .353 Casull cartridge is a remarkably powerful iteration in the .357 caliber lineup, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with the .357 Magnum platform. Engineered to maximize the potential of the .357 Magnum cartridge case, the .353 Casull can handle significantly heavier loads, a feat that’s typically unattainable in standard .357 Magnum revolvers. This enhanced capability primarily stems from its ability to withstand higher pressures without compromising safety or performance.

One of the most impressive aspects of the .353 Casull is its ability to achieve muzzle velocities exceeding 1600 feet per second when loaded with a 180-grain bullet. This level of performance significantly surpasses that of traditional .357 Magnum rounds, providing a substantial increase in both range and stopping power. Such ballistic characteristics make the .353 Casull an ideal choice for hunting, especially for small to medium-sized game like deer, where precision and impact are crucial.

The use of the .353 Casull in a revolver like the Freedom Arms Model 83 Field Grade further elevates its status. The revolver’s design, emphasizing strength, precision, and reliability, complements the high-powered nature of the .353 Casull cartridge. It’s this synergy between ammunition and firearm that crowns the .353 Casull revolver as a king among .357 chambered pistols, offering unparalleled power and performance in a compact, revolver format. This combination of extreme velocity and power, along with the versatility of being able to use .357 Magnum rounds, positions the .353 Casull revolver as a top-tier choice for hunters and shooting enthusiasts seeking the ultimate in power and precision from a .357 platform.Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Freedom Arms Model 83 Field Grade 353 Casull 357 Mag Single Action Revolver
Freedom Arms Model 83 Field Grade 353 Casull 357 Mag Single Action Revolver