Uberti Silverboy Review
February 19, 2013
I don't know about you, but my roots with the .22 rimfire go back to early childhood days. Spending summers on the farm with an old Winchester showed me the right way to hunt, to hunt humanely and to deliver a decisive shot every time. Today, that tradition still continues with me, and when a new .22 rimfire rifle hits the market, I can't wait to try it out.
The most recent gun to appear on my doorstep is the Uberti Silverboy — a trim, lever-action repeater that is easy to shoot, fun to carry and smooth to operate. The action cycles without any effort, and I would rate it as an excellent tool for teaching folks how to shoot, not to mention the fact that it is perfect for small game or varmint hunting. It would also make a good, economical practice gun for a Cowboy Action shooter.
The first thing you notice about the Silverboy is its brightly polished receiver. To keep the gun small and light, the receiver is alloy with a chrome finish. The polishing and assembly are well-done. The fitting of the hardwood stock is true, if a bit proud, but overall I was impressed with the wood-to-metal fit.
Topside there are three tapped holes for scope mounting, but I like this gun without optical sights and chose not to install a scope. The sights that come with the gun are more than adequate, consisting of a blade front and notch rear. Both have set screws, allowing them to be drifted for windage, but there's no elevation adjustment.
When the hammer is forward it blocks your view of the rear sight. I think Uberti would be wise to notch or cut back the top of the hammer so you can follow up on a shot without having to change your head position in order to look over the sight.
On the plus side, the hammer sits tall at the end of the receiver — a boon to those who like to hunt in colder weather because it affords additional purchase even with gloves on. The hammer is serrated for nonslip operation and has a half-cock notch for safety. Pulling the hammer back about a quarter of an inch, you hear a click and now the gun is on Safe.
The straight-line buttstock is walnut-stained hardwood and was fitted slightly proud to the metal. The comb is sufficiently high for iron or scope use.
The fore-end has no checkering and is fitted with an alloy barrel band that matches the receiver — another styling cue on a great-looking rimfire.