REVOLVERS

Case hardening redux

Honest wear doesn’t bother me so long as guns’ bores are bright and mechanical function is correct. Damage from neglect is a different matter. I always...
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The Trend-Setting ...

The still-popular genre of the small-frame snub-nose .38 Special revolver was quantified in 1926 by Colt.
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Cimarron’s .45 Rooster...

Cimarron Firearms Rooster Shooter is a faithful replica of the original complete with yellowed “ivory” grips with three finger grooves on the left grip...
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To dream the impossible dream

The Blackhawk .357 Magnum was a wonderful sixgun and in fact was my first new centerfire single action.
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Big Bore Belly Guns Part 1

Today they are most often known as pocket revolvers or sometimes snub-guns. However, several eons ago in the pre-politically correct days when I was a...
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Modelo De Tres Candado

This Candado Triple from Spain is worth much more than the price of admission to me.
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Taurus .460 S&W Magnum...

For several years Brazilian gun maker Taurus has been offering a variety of revolvers for shooters and hunters alike. Their Raging Hunter series has been...
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Parts Is Parts

Sometimes parts are purchased simply for the reason they are bargains, even though it’s impossible to see any use for them at the time.
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Six Reasons To Own A Revolver

While the whole world seems obsessed with semi-auto pistols, there is still a large group of people who cling tightly to revolvers. I count myself among them.
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The Charter .40 S&W Pit Bull

A breakthrough in revolver design with a beautiful and efficient system.
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My Kinda' Gun

The revolver was from a beloved mutual friend who was curator of the NRA Whittington Center’s Museum — Robbie Roberts. Knowing he died this spring, I...
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Globetrotting For Hogs

I enjoy hunting hogs and have taken them in North America, South America, Australia and Africa.
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Spanish Copies of S&W...

Around the turn of the 20th century, Smith and Wesson’s flagship K-Frame became big news and big business for the Springfield firm. Innumerable Spanish...
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Handloading for Medium and...

I have been loading for the .38 Special since 1956/57. In those early years my sixguns were a Ruger .357 Blackhawk 4-5/8" Flat-Top and a Smith & Wesson .357...
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“I’d like to see that...

In the summer of 1973 after having saved up a wad of cash for the purchase of a .357 Magnum revolver, I encountered a handsome, deeply blued Model 19 Smith...
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Eliminate Leading and...

Simple and easy to use, Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington shows how to clean the leading out of your gun with an old stand by of his - The Lewis...
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Remembering Eddie Janis

Eddie Janis of Peacemaker Specialists was long well known for producing exquisitely tuned in-time Colt Single Actions as well as beautiful restorations....
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The Magnificent 500 S&W Magnum

If ever a cartridge were worthy of Magna Cum Laude status, the 500 S&W Magnum would hold those prestigious honors!
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The Ruger Vaquero

When I heard the news Ruger was offering the Vaquero, I was excited as a western history buff could be. Even the name was western!
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The .41 Remington Magnum

The .41 Remington Magnum is in many ways the handgun equivalent of the .280 Remington and 16 gauge, a cartridge regarded by a relatively few True Believers...
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Short-Barrel Cartridge...

In 1856 Smith & Wesson entered into an agreement with Rollin White who held the patent on revolvers with bored-through cylinders.
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The LeMat's Grapeshot'...

The life, exploits and intrigue of Dr. Alexander LeMat would take a TV mini-series to tell.
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Perfect Packin’ Pistol...

We have looked at 4" Smith & Wesson double-action sixguns and now we finish up with a look at some other revolvers worthy of the title of Perfect Packin’...
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The New Colt Anaconda .44...

Although all the Colt “Snakes” were gone by 2006 it seems they were simply in a long hibernation.
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Bitten by a Diamondback

Steve McQueen carried one in “Bullitt” and used it to shoot a bad guy dead in the final scenes of that classic film.
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Handloading The .38 Special:

The modern era of the 2" revolvers/pocket pistol/snub gun/belly gun began in 1926 when Colt introduced the Detective Special by trimming the barrel of their...
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The Ruger Bisley Hunter

Sitting near the ridge top, I see her nervously step out from the quakes. My left thumb cocks the Bisley Hunter before gripping the walking stick with that...
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Perfect Packin’ Pistol...

We continue our look at the Personification of the Perfect Packin’ Pistol using these words from the Taffin Dictionary of Sixgunning:
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The 'Other' Single-Action...

Those in my age group who grew up on B-Western Saturday matinee movies in the 1940s, followed by a long list of TV Westerns in the 1950s,
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"Throwing Down" With The SAA

My wife refuses to watch westerns with me. Why? I pick apart details in the show. If John Wayne is shooting a Winchester ’92 and the story is set in 1866,...
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Packing A Lightweight...

If the eyes are the windows of our very soul, the gun we carry is an extension of our defensive cognition.
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Taurus Raging Hunter .460...

Taurus's new revolver is the next-generation, big-bore revolver that's built to last! Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington shows how fun it is to shoot...
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Heritage Firearms Barkeep

The Heritage Firearms Barkeep is a rimfire rendition of the classic short-barreled Colt Sheriff’s Model Peacemaker.
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The Singular Fitz Specials

I have often said the best part of my job of being a gun writer for nearly 55 years is not all the guns I get to test but the many interesting people I meet.
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S&W Hand Ejector 2nd Model...

Smith & Wesson’s N-Frame double-action revolvers are some of the most respected handguns ever made. This is especially true for the exquisite pre-World...
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SPREAD THE PUNCH

As I get older, I’ve discovered the increasing importance of size, shape and diameter when it comes to shooting big bore sixguns.
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Ruger Old Model Single-Six...

Bill Ruger’s Standard Model pistol (1949) and the Single-Six revolver (1953) pretty much set the rimfire handgun market on its ear.
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Understudy Guns .22

“Understudy gun” was a term first heard in these pages and is now more relevant than ever.
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Feeding Your .45 Sixguns

Hands down, the .45 Colt is my favorite handgun cartridge. You know this! Sure, I love other cartridges too, fickle as I am, but .45 caliber cartridges just...
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New Products August 2021 Issue

Northern Precision now offers Bullets for the 405 Winchester. They come in a variety of standard and custom weights. These start at 225 grains and include a...
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The Perfect Packin’ Pistol

Phil Sharpe is the main person responsible for the .357 Magnum. To come up with the .357 Magnum case, he simply lengthened the standard .38 Special from...
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Snubbies & Small Frame...

Are you a fan of the small-frame revolver, aka "Snubby?"  If so, today's episode is for you as we talk to Roy Huntington about his love of — passion for,...
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