REVOLVERS

A Shootout At The St. James

Built in 1872, the St. James Hotel is nestled in historic Cimarron, New Mexico. Known for being the hotel of choice for infamous outlaws in need of a soft...
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Remington Double Derringer
Remington’s Double...

You know a firearm is iconic when it comes to represent an entire class of weapons. Such is the case with a little, two-shot, over-and-under .41 Short...
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Blackpowder 101

Ken Wegman, a Handgunner reader, asked about using black powder and substitutes in modern pistols, comparing their characteristics in velocity, energy,...
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Colt Cap & Ball Revolvers
Colt’s Cap & Ball Revolvers

Some of Sam Colt’s early efforts in creating workable revolvers seem like jokes today. Of course, they were loaded with either paper cartridges holding...
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Light, Versatile and Discreet

The idea was simple. After all, they’re the best kind. Build a gun tough enough to be carried all day, in a caliber capable of performing a wide range of...
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Customizing A Ruger Wrangler

Hitting the “affordable quality” bull’s-eye is a target chased by most everyone who manufactures anything — if they’re smart, that is.
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Prior To The...

Before the Colt Peacemaker? Before the Colt Peacemaker there was a whole boatload of other Colt single action revolvers.
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Ruger's...

The Colt Detective Special was introduced in 1927 (some sources say 1928) at the suggestion of the legendary “Fitz” (J.H. Fitzgerald).
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Sixguns Of Ben...

The .44 Special was my first true sixgun love and as I have gotten older I find myself returning to it more and more. Ben Forkin certainly helped fuel my...
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Parting (with)...

If you're like me, you may have accumulated a decent enough collection of guns before you realize — aw, hell — you don't love all of them equally. Not...
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WWII British Sixguns

The British have never been ones to march in lockstep with the rest of the world, and a little evidence of that is their choice of handguns in World War II.
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Thunder Ranch...

This juxtaposition of old-school sixgun thinking, with up-to-date technology and design ideas has virtually given us a new category of arm — the Modern...
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Taurus Gauchos

All in all the Taurus Gauchos are pretty decent single actions. They shot well, handled well, and are a combination of both traditional and modern.
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The Sixgunner:...

Then as now, the .357 Blackhawk is two sixguns depending upon one’s perspective. First, a Blackhawk, or any other Ruger for that matter, can be purchased...
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Sixguns Of David...

Sometimes when we can’t find what we’re looking for we have to have the aid of a good gunsmith. I sent a 7 1⁄2" .44 Special off to David Clements to...
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Snubbies The...

The brand of snubby you carry may be less important than its configuration. You want to have a gun that is built and shaped for your particular needs.
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Heritage Barkeep Boot
Boot Scootin'...

In a hands-on scuffle, a short barrel could do you some favors, especially in a bar in the Old West. In this First Look, Nic Lenze shows you the...
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Wild Bill's Best Bud

In 1851, just nine years after the Hayes Big Fight, Samuel Colt showcased the Navy Colt at the Crystal Palace Exposition in London.
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Duke’s...

In the mid-summer of 2020, I spotted a very fine-looking SAA with its 5 ½" barrel clearly stamped .38 Colt. By its serial number, the Colt dated to 1899,...
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The New...

Though likely gone forever, New Frontiers seem to be readily available at gun shows, and the really good news is they are not regarded as highly by...
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Taylors Firearms TC9 Series 1873 Cattleman replica
Taylor’s &...

Taylor’s & Company launched the TC9 Series of 9mm pistols which includes four reproduction models of the 1873 Cattleman revolver.
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Bisley...

Hitting four rams out of five shots was becoming regular. The 5.5” Ruger Bisley mid-frame flat top was impressive with its accuracy potential.
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Long Hunter .45...

A Perfect Packin’ Pistol — Beater Gun style.
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Perfectly...

One or both of these double action Ruger .44 Magnums are sure to find favor with those who wander off the beaten path; or even those who simply like to...
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The Sixgunner:...

In 1836 Sam Colt came up with the first truly practical and workable revolver, the Colt Paterson. This revolver was a five-shot affair with a revolving...
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The Sixguns Of...

When I decided I wanted a custom .45 Colt single-action sixgun for heavier loads, a Ruger New Model was sent off to Jim Stroh. He was recognized by his...
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What Was I Thinking?

The handguns I wish I’d never bought.
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Does porting your barrel affect your bullet's velocity?
Ported Vs....

Have you ever wondered if porting your barrel will affect your bullet's velocity? Find out if it does with Roy Huntington, two revolvers, and his trusty...
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Rough History...

The New Service was introduced in 1898, ten years after Colts first swing-out cylinder Army and Navy models. It was basically a large frame version of the...
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Shotguns Or Rapiers?

Over the years I’ve tested dozens of .45 autos, but never subjected any older revolvers to a formal test. The logical conclusion is to construct a test...
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