REVOLVERS

Optical Delusions

Somewhere between target and brain are your eyes and front sight. It’s pretty straightforward but sometimes along this line, things get misinterpreted...
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
The NAA Ranger II

As I write this, in my pocket resides a tiny, solid-frame, 5-shot, spur-trigger revolver from North American Arms. It’s their updated version of an...
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Full-Bore Custom

It was bound to happen eventually. Being basically a “stock-box gun” kind of guy, I finally dipped my toe into custom waters. Sure, I tweak and primp my...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Ruger Doubles Down

Two on two: OK. Here’s the deal: We turned two of our sneakiest shootists — Mike Humphries and Roy Huntington — loose on two new Ruger handguns. These...
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Two Top 10s

It took a while. But patience has been rewarded and the 10mm is now alive and well. Two of the latest offerings in this excellent chambering come from...
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S&W's Model 340 PD

“Well,” said my shooting buddy Thomas Mackie, massaging his right hand with only a slight grimace, “now I can say I’ve done it….” The...
Read Full Article Payton Miller
The Buddy System: Sixgun Style

Mom was dying of cancer and I’d recently learned how to log on the Internet. After discovering “gun forums” I kept returning to one in particular....
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
GP100 .44 Special

There’s no doubt today’s revolvers are stronger, made of better steels with closer tolerances, and almost always shoot better than those from the...
Read Full Article John Taffin
Cops ’n Revolvers

Significant dates are forever etched in our brains. September 23, 1985 is one of mine. On this day I entered Maryland’s Montgomery County Police Academy...
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The .357 Magnum Part 2

In the 1950s when the sixgun was still supreme among peace officers, there were many who asked for a less expensive .357 Magnum. The 1954 result was the...
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Ruger's Perfect Packin' .357

Built just like, yup … a tank, the Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum has made a lot of friends over the decades. Just a few years ago Ruger came out with their...
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You’re a Mean One, Mr....

You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel, Mr. Fliiiinch...!” Dr. Seuss nails it with this Christmas favorite when describing the...
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Exclusive: Colt’s King...

At the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas, a fair amount of attention from revolver aficionados was focused on the Colt exhibit because another snake is back in...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
What I Carry (And How And Why)

Regular readers of GUNS know my first concealed carry sixgun in 1956 was a then-brand new 2nd Generation 7-1/2" Colt Single Action .45. It was chosen very...
Read Full Article John Taffin
The Single-Six

After I got the Marlin 39A Mountie I talked about last month, I soon wanted to add an appropriated companion piece — a really good .22 sixgun. A young...
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Brownells Reduced Power...

If you have a fetish for DA revolver shooting, you’ll eventually run across an “out-of-print, price-is-right” Smith you simply can’t live without....
Read Full Article Payton Miller
Lipsey’s Lightweight...

In 2014 Lipsey’s released the all-stainless steel, Ruger-made Single-Seven revolver. Chambered in the mightiest .32 caliber round — the powerful .327...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
The .357 Magnum: Part 1

Since the .357 Magnum arrived in 1935 — heralded as the most powerful sixgun in the world — it has been followed by plenty of other hard-hitting...
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Federal HST Micro 38...

Okay, the .38 Special may no longer be the dominant law enforcement sidearm it was back in the days when Colt and S&W were locked in mortal combat for the...
Read Full Article Payton Miller
One Wicked Wheelgun

The first time was more than frightening. I was standing behind a badge and pointing a gun at another human. The only comfort I could find was in the 40 oz....
Read Full Article Richard Mann
60 Years of Concealed...

As I mentioned last month, when I was teaching I felt protecting my students was much more important than any regulations. Of course, I had to be able to...
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Think Tank

We all have our reasons for buying guns. Sometimes our biggest hurdle is convincing ourselves why we need it. I’ve debated myself so often I consider...
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Viable In A Square World?

Amidst a tsunami of polymer-framed autoloading pistols we’re seeing a groundswell of renewed interest in double-action revolvers. Some of the most popular...
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Make Mine A .45 Colt …

Picking your favorite handgun is a tough proposition. Narrowing down to a favorite caliber can be almost as frustrating for some folks.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Ruger’s Stainless...

About 66 years ago, Bill Ruger took a serious look at how popular Western movies and TV shows were. Then he realized the fact there were no single-action...
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Big Gun, Little Gun

In 1955, Smith & Wesson introduced the .357 Combat Magnum which would become the Model 19 two years later when the company went to a model-numbering system....
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Slugging It Out

What does a fellow do to alleviate boredom when it’s 20-below outside and you’re recovering from a full knee replacement? This was my question when the...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
60 Years Of Concealed Carry

I didn’t have to try to decide whether or not a single action was suitable for defense; it was simply all I had to choose from. My choices in that first...
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Custom Compromise

Enter Hamilton Bowen, the custom revolver maker who was one of the early ’smiths building the big Linebaughs in the days when you couldn’t just buy one...
Read Full Article Jeremy Clough
Cops n’ Revolvers II

After telling you about my police academy introduction to revolver shooting back in the September issue, I’m going to tell you what our thoughts were...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover

Parts for Peacemakers

With my renewed fascination (more like obsession) with the Colt Single Action Army came a renewal of a friendship developed over 20 years ago with Eddie...

Tags: .357 Magnum, .44 Special,...

Hodgdon’s Clays And Your .45

The .45 Colt arrived in 1873 and for the next 60-plus years it was the most powerful factory loaded cartridge available. The original load consisting of...

Tags: .357 Magnum, Colt, Freedom...

A Sixpack Of .22s

There are millions among us who still love revolvers. But buying centerfire ammo can take a significant chunk out of the family budget. Reloading helps, but...

Tags: .22 Officer, Burris Optics,...

Big Bore For Big Boars

At the risk of enraging millions of American deer hunters, I will boldly state my favorite big-game quarry is wild boar. Without debating all the...

Tags: .14 Magnum, 10mm, 1911, Barnes...

When Less Is More

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts,...

Tags: .44, Campfire Tales, Casull,...

.38 Long Colt

Without a doubt the most denigrated American military handgun cartridge ever is the .38 Colt (aka .38 Long Colt). It is said to have been the cause of death...

Tags: .38, Ammunition, Buffalo Arms,...

A Return To Single Life

Okay, full disclosure: I didn’t grow up shooting Colt Single-Action Army models of any generation. By the time I was old enough to thumb-crank a hammer...

Tags: 9mm, Ammunition, Buffalo Bore,...

Smith & Wesson N Frames

Growing up in Mingo County, W. Va., along the border with Kentucky, my early exposure to double-action revolvers was considerable. That area was the site of...

Tags: Black Hills Ammunition, Colt,...