Magnum Research...

Magnum Research’s Custom Shop recently released a tribute gun, honoring the Idaho cowboy and Grand Ol’ Man of Sixguns, Elmer Keith. The BFR EK#5 gun...
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The Frankengun &...

The “Frankengun.” I call it beautiful — and slick, sleek and seductive, a perfect packin’ piece, with plenty of personality. Did I mention it’s...
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Catch .22 Escapes

When I turned eight, I got a Harrington & Richardson Plainsman bolt-action .22 rifle for my birthday. Now I had a means for big adventure. What started out...
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S&W's WWII...

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington takes us back in time to the beginning of WWII with not enough 1911's to go around. S&W stepped up with a special...
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Old Gun Love

Interesting things start happening after completing our 50th ride around the sun, especially among hardcore gunmen and women.
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The Budischowsky...

The “Buds” as they were fondly called, had all the features and benefits of something like a bigger S&W auto of the time, but were shrunk for shirt...
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The Murbach Gun

Terry Murbach was a lovable ol’ cuss! He’s been gone a few years now and I miss him, as do a lot of other folks.
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Custom Grips:...

As shooters, we’re fortunate to be living in a time when the most talented gunsmiths, grip makers and leather workers are plying their trades.
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Mitch Rosen...

The new single-action holster from Mitch Rosen Extraordinary Gunleather is the perfect holster for concealed carry.
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Taurus Raging...

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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The Return Of...

Manufactured from approximately 1990 to 2003, the massive Colt Anaconda came late to the DA .44 Magnum revolver market, and at a time when Colt was phasing...
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Talking Guns

My first single-action sixgun was a 7.5" stainless Ruger Blackhawk, chambered in .45 Colt.
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Accuracy Secrets...

In this First Look, Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington shares his secrets on how to shoot a compact revolver smoothly, quickly and accurately.
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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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Silver Screen...

Benefitting the Happy Trails Children's Foundation for abused children, this year's Silver Screen Legend XXIV drawing for a Colt .45 and Winchester Model 94...
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Feeding Your .45...

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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Frontier Firepower

Firepower of Old West revolvers is one of the most misrepresented historical aspects of that era.
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American...

It was a Tuesday night in December 1954. I specifically remember the day as every Tuesday I took the bus to town to pay my paper bill. My paper route had...
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Single-Action...

Some may think my love for single-action (SA) revolvers odd, or short-sighted, but this would be their problem, not mine.
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Playing...

The 1950s were a great time for sixgunners. During those few short years, Colt resurrected the Single Action Army and introduced the .357 Magnum and the...
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Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt load development
Shiny & Smooth |...

I recently acquired this old Smith & Wesson Model 28 Highway Patrolman. It rode in the holster of a sheriff’s deputy for years and has got a lot of shiny...
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Cimarron Firearms Bat Masterson Engraved Frontier 5.5
Cimarron Honors...

A man connected to important people, places and events of the Wild West, Cimarron Firearms has released a special edition revolver honoring Bat Masterson...
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Taylor's & Co 1858 The Ace revolvers
Ace in the Hole:...

Some of the most innovative products are not the original concept, but rather the iteration of the original. Such is the case of the Remington Model 1858,...
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Tall, But True,...

No, while all these guns tell a story, none are in my collection. Sigh … But I do know the stories of all but one, and strangely I did own it at one time.
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Short & Sweet

It wouldn’t be fair to say Ruger was built on the single action, but it wouldn’t be entirely inaccurate either.
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Retro Photo: Fit...

Appearing in the Jan/Feb 1990 issue of American Handgunner, Smith & Wesson played up the differences between men’s and women’s hand sizes in an ad for...
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Ruger Wrangler Models
Wrangle The Rainbow

For those not averse to color or who simply want to make a statement on the range, the popular rimfire single-action Ruger Wrangler is now available in a...
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Bond Arms Rough...

With names like Roughneck, Rowdy and Grizzly, you just know it’s built tough and durable.
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Rock Island...

Most shooters, especially if they began at a young age, started by shooting .22s.
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Single-Action...

It’s odd how some things stick in your mind and others fly away as in a stiff wind.
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Charter Arms Pitbull

If you’re going to make a revolver chambered for a “rimless” auto pistol cartridge, you need to leave room for a modern version of the old...
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Colt Anaconda 6
Colt Anaconda...

Since 2017, Colt has been resurrecting its legendary Snake Gun series of revolvers. New for 2021, the 6-shot .44 Magnum Colt Anaconda has been redesigned...
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Ruger GP100 ad American Handgunner Sep/Oct 1988
Retro Photo: No...

A handgun market still dominated by revolvers, Ruger took aim at Smith & Wesson with an ad run in the Sept/Oct 1988 issue of American Handgunner, calling...
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Declining...

Each year, the ATF publishes the Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report, providing detailed production and export numbers for a given year....
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Jeff Quinn...

The folks at Ruger, in conjunction with Lipsey’s, a large firearm distributor, have announced the release of a limited run of 500 memorial guns honoring...
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Colt Python with 2
Pretty as a...

I don’t make it a habit to give my cars, firearms or anything else for that matter a ‘name,’ but if I had to give one to this Python it would be...
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Did GLOCK Invent...

Was GLOCK the first firearms manufacturer to invent the trigger safety? Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington dug into his collection to find a revolver...
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Mystical,...

When it comes to sixguns, the 1950s were not just magnificent, they also seem to be magical. In the beginning of the 1950s S&W introduced the first J-Frame,
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Hunt Bigger: New...

Handgun hunting has become all the rage in recent years as hunters seek new and challenging ways to put wild game on the table. Paralleling this rise in...
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Standard Mfg S333 Thunderstruck Gen 2 with speed loaders
Standard Mfg....

If once is nice, logic says twice is better, right? Launched in 2019, the dual-barrel and trigger Standard Manufacturing S333 Thunderstruck revolver has...
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Webley & Scott India .32 Mk IV Revolver in presentation box
First Webley &...

“A great day in the history of Webley & Scott. The first production model Mk IV to come off the production line in decades, and all made in India.”
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Dan Wesson ad American Handgunner Mar/Apr 1982
Retro Photo: You...

Since 1968, Dan Wesson has been known for quality, durability, ingenuity and revolvers. Striving to develop the world’s finest revolvers, “You don’t...
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Carry An Extra...

What's a "Snagmag?" Roy Huntington explains how he carries an extra magazine holster concealed, but easy to access.
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Would You Trust...

Would you trust your life to a 120-year-old revolver? Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington shoots his Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless revolvers and...
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What's a speed...

Do you know what a revolver speed loader is and how it is it used?
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Ruger Security Six revolver
One for the...

Going out of sheer boredom, I didn't expect to find anything of interest, let alone buy anything. That was until I saw a used .357 Magnum Ruger Security...
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Build Your Own...

Sooner or later, we all develop opinions in what we want in a revolver. “If only they’d build it like this, I’d buy one in a second,” we think to...
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Uberti USA Outlaws & Lawmen Series
Roosevelt and...

Paying homage to Old West legends, Uberti USA continues to expand its Outlaws & Lawmen series with new revolvers honoring Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt and...
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RIA Imports AL22 Series revovlers
Rock Island...

Continuing to expand its line of wheelguns, Rock Island Armory Imports has introduced the new AL22 Series of rimfire revolvers, featuring stainless and...
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Chiappa Charging Rhino Gen II 60DS with 9mm rounds
Chiappa...

Introduced in 2017 as an offering to IPSC/ICORE shooters featuring a 6” barrel, tuned hammer and lightened trigger, Chiappa has released an upgraded...
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The Gunfighter...

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington explains how to safely load a single-action revolver for field carry — known as The Gunfighter Load — in this...
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Card dealer wielding Heritage Barkeep revolver
Cheers to the...

Inspired by the short-barrel Colt Single Action Army “Storekeeper,” the new Heritage Mfg. Barkeep is a pint-sized revolver with Old West flair available...
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Engineering...

Nighthawk Custom’s collaboration with the German makers of the astounding Korth revolver series has helped serve to rewrite expectations on what a...
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The Ultimate...

The 500 S&W Magnum made its first appearance at the 2003 SHOT show. Designed by Cor-Bon in partnership with S&W for their Model 500 X-Frame revolver,
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A Special Ruger...

Ruger recently joined forces with DeSantis Gunhide, for a TALO (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma) Distributor Exclusive featuring the Ruger Wrangler and...
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Dear Santa... |...

I recently read about a sanctimonious mall Santa who thought it appropriate to push his views on a little boy. which made me reminisce about the first...
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Courage,...

EJ was working in the gun store when an individual came in with intention of carrying out a robbery. Being under the gun, EJ complied with his demands, and...
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A Look-Cool Long...

At the recommendation of my very good friend, Bob, I traded for a Ruger New Model Blackhawk .45 Long Colt with 4-5/8” barrel on a whim. He promised that I...
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Rare Revolvers...

RIAC Premier Firearms Auctions are held three times per year and offer collectors a special chance to bid on more than 2,000 rare, historic and unusual gun...
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Lipsey’s S&W...

Lipsey’s S&W 642 Deluxe Airweight .38 Special personifies the perfect packing pistol for persons who perpetually carry concealed.
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Yoda of Gun...

In 2017, I was privileged to spend the better part of a week with the revolver grip guru, the late Roy Fishpaw. I knew I liked him already, but I think I...
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Dan Wesson .445...

When the .357 SuperMag from Dan Wesson first appeared on the scene, more than one wildcatter was waiting with reamers in hand to do one thing: Turn it into...
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A Work of...

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington has a First Look at the Nighthawk Custom/Korth Mongoose that combines engineering excellence and artistic style to...
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Handgun Milestones

Recently a fellow asked me when I became interested in guns. My reply was … I was born with it.
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Webley & Scott...

One of the oldest names in the gun industry and maker of some of the most famous firearms in the world, Webley & Scott is now operating in India and...
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Revolver With A...

Last week, I shared the story of assisting an older gentleman interested in a multi-purpose .357 Magnum revolver — and boy, did I strike a chord! I...
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Revolver With A...

Historically, revolvers have proven to be one of the most versatile types of firearms. Simple, rugged and effective, revolvers continue to be a popular...
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A Survey of...

Your revolver's grips will determine a number of crucial features - from the speed of your follow-up shot to the amount of recoil you feel. We look back at...
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5 Top-Selling...

With inventory low at most brick-and-mortar retailers, firearm seekers are having to turn to online dealers like GunBroker.com to find guns. Publishing...
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The Making Of A...

As the resident reprobate writing for FMG Publications, I’ll admit it’s changed me. I was happy being the stock-box kind of gun guy — then it happened!
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Korth Ranger...

Premier manufacturers of fine firearms, Nighthawk Custom and Germany’s Korth Arms partnered in 2016 to bring a new level of revolvers to the American...
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Lipsey’s Ruger...

Lipsey’s, a large Ruger distributor, is proud to announce the release of their blued SP101 half-lug 3" revolver, making this 5-shot .357 Magnum
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BBQ Colt

Recently on an Internet website a fellow asked me, “Do you have a barbeque Colt?” I replied, “Um, No, I don’t think so.”
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Gear Spotlight:...

Are you a wheelgunner? While upgrades and accessories are not quite as readily available as parts and gear for modular semi-automatic handguns, there are...
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Cowboy...

Of course, I was extremely naïve to bring a gun to university and perhaps more so, to a philosophy class. The world, my world, has changed a lot since then.
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.41 Magnum...

A modern version of a tried and true gun/load combination, Elmer Keith's .41 Magnum scratches the nostalgic itch we all get from time to time and is as...
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Grail Guns

Occasionally I run across someone discussing their ultimate “Grail” gun. I often wondered what factors other handgunners considered in their criteria.
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.44 Special Five...

Sam Colt started it all. In 1836 his Colt Paterson became the first truly workable revolver. Chambered in both .36 and .40, it was a smallish, somewhat...
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Problem-Solving,...

Since I was from Kentucky, I had been taught any problem that could not be solved by a bigger hammer could be solved by a big gun, and well, I had a big...
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Dance with What...

I’ve always believed you should dance with the one that brought you. Strangely, I never felt the least bit under-gunned armed with my Smith & Wesson Model 66.
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Altor’s Single...

I honestly, really, completely wanted to dislike this gun. I mean, just look at it. It’s everything silly you can think up. It looks like a hose nozzle...
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.44 RUSSIAN,...

It amazes me how many shooters — young and old — talk about their .44 Specials or .44 Magnums without having a clue as to their ancestry.
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Primo Prestige...

If we don’t know where we’ve been, it’s harder to tell where we’re going. In 2020 Colt re-introduced their top-of-the-line Python revolver.
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Handgunner...

But, having started altering the gun, I also caught “the bug” in the process. In search of more suggestions, I went to the best resource for handguns...
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Bowen Classic...

It’s easy to casually toss terms like “elegance” or “grace” into a conversation. “A Bentley’s innate elegance showcases a classic British...
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Point-Counter Point

Recently I got my greedy little mitts on a stunning pair of special-edition mini-revolvers. Dubbed Anti Venoms, they’re the result of a partnership...
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Because It’s...

It was a time when everyone was enamored with the .44 Magnum S&W Model 29, the Dirty Harry gun for which so many would add their names to waiting lists,...
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Plain Precision...

Okay, they’re not as “pretty” as the regular derringers from Bond Arms, but they have the same high-quality materials and the same careful fitting inside.
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Vantage Point...

Some of you gifted with eagle eyes might have noticed changes in the table of contents. Maybe lots of changes. Never fear, we haven’t removed any of your...
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No Regrets |...

I initially had some misgivings about altering the gun, as the 624 was an elegant and rare revolver in its original configuration, but I wanted to make it...
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Ruger CarryHawk

Ruger’s release of the new TALO exclusive, the CarryHawk, is proof of their ability to please the masses by understanding their customer base.
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A Dear Old...

A buddy of mine had this old Taurus .38 Special that fit the bill and the price was right, so I bought it. It lived in the closet for a while, out of sight,...
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The Sixguns Of...

Back in the 1990s, Milt and Karen Morrison were visiting us and after supper I pulled out a few sixguns. I had the idea of coming up with a different kind...
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DOUBLE, TRIPLE,...

Let’s think about the .38-40 and the .41 Long Colt. Two totally different cartridges. The first is a tapered or bottleneck cartridge beginning life in the...
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A Friend in War...

I came into possession of my blued 6” Smith & Wesson Model 14 K-38 Target Masterpiece .38 Special revolver in November 1986. I hadn’t planned anything...
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Big .38 Special

Today we think of .38 Special mostly as a self-defense round for snub nose revolvers, But, before .500, .480, .475 and .460 revolvers, before .357, .41 and...
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DIY Bullshooter...

There’s no easier way to dress up your sixgun than putting on fancy stocks. A proper grip is the foundation to good shooting and doing the work yourself...
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North American...

Pole barn rats beware!
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Smythons &...

I'm actually a Ruger revolver lover at heart. You can also see my custom Speed vice-Six I built because I couldn't stand not having a 3" round butt...
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The Colt Python

It was circa-1955. Bullseye shooting, where you stood on your hind legs and shot one-handed is king. Cops’ holsters are filled with either a Colt or S&W...
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A Colt Buntline...

Finding a Colt Buntline from first year production still with its original albeit nearly destroyed box definitely tripped my trigger.
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Lost And Found |...

I’ve loved revolvers from the very first day I laid hands on a Colt .38 Detective Special. Little did I know that one day in the near future I would find,...
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An Airweight...

I found a homeless Airweight Bodyguard at a local pawn shop and arranged a payment schedule to make it mine on a rookie’s salary. In the humid North...
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Short Brass Long...

One question often arising from handloaders has to do with the use of short brass and long chambers. Cartridges like the .38 Special in .357 Magnum and .44...
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A Vietnam...

I arrived in Vietnam in March of 1968 and received a letter from my father, a combat veteran of both WWII and Korea, telling me he was sending a gift. A...
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Top 10 Revolver...

In 2018, a total of 664,835 revolvers were produced — 99.8% by 10 firearm manufacturers. We review the ATF Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report...
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Taurus Revolver...

Essentially a classic 856 small-frame model with some enhancements, the Defender stands out with the VZ grips and 3" barrel.
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Slip-Ups And...

With my writing career nearing 50 years (full time since 1981) with over 2,000 printed features and columns I’m bound to have made mistakes.
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Retro Revolver...

What better way to spend our time while quarantined than dusting off our magazine archive, flipping through the yellowed pages and reminiscing on classic...
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A Royal Restoration

The greatest sixgunsmiths who ever lived are alive and practicing their art today.
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Taurus 942 &...

Since their inception, and later introduction to the U.S. market in 1968, Taurus has led the way in affordable, reliable firearms.
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Leaning Left...

Got your attention I’ll bet, but we’re not talking about “that” left here. Left-handed people in many ways are better off today than in the past.
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Taurus 380 UL

A neat little revolver, using full-moon clips, and chambered for the .380 Auto cartridge? At this point, a gun-cynic might ask why?
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Odd But Good?

A perusal of revolvers developed around the world in the last 150 years cannot help but give you some insight about the human mind.
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DOUBLE, TRIPLE,...

Let’s think about the .38-40 and the .41 Long Colt. Two totally different cartridges. The first is a tapered or bottleneck cartridge beginning life in the...
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