THE SIXGUNNER

JOHN TAFFIN'S HANDGUN REVIEWS
The Snake...

In the early part of the 20th Century, Colt had the large frame New Service, the Medium frame Official Police and the small frame Police Positive. All the...
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The First...

The Paterson, the Walker and the various Dragoons were all great improvements over the single-shot pistols in use before Sam Colt arrived on the scene,...
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Lee Jurras:

Regular readers know of my undying affection for the truly Classic Sixguns; those coming forth in the first two thirds of the last century and earlier....
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Selecting &...

Handgun grips can be crafted from a myriad of materials such as ivory, ram’s horn, stag, plain or fancy woods and a whole gamut of synthetics from micarta...
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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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The First Big...

As we saw in the first installment (July/Aug 2016) when Sam Walker approached Sam Colt with the idea of improving and enlarging the Paterson, Colt had no...
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Heavy Defensive...

Buffalo Bore has long been known for producing heavy hunting rounds for leverguns and big bore sixguns. Over the past few years, the line has been expanded...
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The First...

In 1814 we took a little trip along with Col. Jackson down the mighty Mississipp”; so sang Johnny Horton in his hit recording of “The Battle of New...
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.357 Magnum DA...

Elmer Keith was instrumental along with Phil Sharpe in laying the groundwork for the .357 Magnum by using heavy loads in the .38/44 Heavy Duty, an N-Framed...
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Dan Wesson's...

Nestling down in the Creedmore position, I placed the left side of the revolver solidly against my right leg. Lining up the sights with each other and also...
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Chic Gaylord

As I was growing up my parents never owned a new car, never bought a house — always rented. We had all the necessities but rarely had any kind of extras....
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"Slow & Easy"...

There were so many Westerns on TV when I was a kid, with every hero carrying virtually the same sixgun, producers, writers and directors started looking for...
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Two New Ruger...

All Ruger Single-Sixes (.22’s) since 1964, with a few exceptions, have been offered only with adjustable sights. Unfortunately the little Bearcat had...
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Fact Or Fiction:...

Ned Buntline was an author of dime novels in the last quarter of the 19th century, creating long-standing myths about Western heroes. He claims to have...
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Uberti .44 Magnum

Several things happened to make the .44 Magnum more acceptable. Many reloaders learned to start low and work up to full-house magnum loads. Gripmakers...
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The .41 Magnum...

Instead of being offered in between the .357 and .44 Magnums as one would expect, S&W waited eight years after the .44 Magnum before introducing its...
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Old Man Guns

Recently, an 87-year-old man worked his wheelchair into the local gun shop to show my friend Cactus behind the counter his new self-defense purchase.
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Grandpa’s...

Carrying concealed is not a recent idea. All the “B” Western movies would have us believe everyone went around carrying openly; this was especially not...
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Playin' Favorites:

Just as the vast majority of those sixgunners from my era, I started most of my reloading chores in the mid-1950’s with the .38 Special.
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Belly Guns And...

There’s always been a certain segment of the shooting population who have considered the .38 Special to be a poor man stopper. This may have been true...
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The New Breed

There are a number of excellent reasons causing me to take pride in being connected with this magazine, not the least of which is the desire to introduce...
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The First...

Sam Colt was a firearms genius; no one can dispute this. His 1836 Paterson was the first truly successful single-action revolver. After collaborating with...
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Target Bulldog...

During my high school years as I started reading the likes of Elmer Keith and then a little later Bob Hagel and John Lachuk I also acquired a deep interest...
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Favorites:...

Choosing favorites is not always easy. Sometimes I can pick one favorite while other times it will be several. With that in mind we herein look at...
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Compromise?

My dictionary has one definition of the word “compromise” as the settlement of a dispute by mutual concession. There are always compromises and...
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Sixgun Hammers...

Stopping in at Buckhorn Gun I spotted an old 71/2" Single Action Army on display. It was a 1st Generation Colt, which had been fitted with a 2nd Generation...
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Lipsey's .45...

When it comes to firearms these are the best of times. No, scratch that, these are the best! of times. Yes, I definitely miss the old classics and we...
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Peacemaker...

Eddie Janis of Peacemaker Specialist, has long been known for producing exquisitely tuned Colt Single Actions as well as beautiful restorations. Eddie...
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Colt's "New" New...

How does one improve on perfection? The original Colt Single Action Army was a study in perfect pistol perfection when it arrived in 1873.
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Ruger's...

Colt had pronounced the single action dead in 1940. Enter Bill Ruger. His desire was to produce a single action which anyone could afford to own and shoot,...
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Ruger's...

Regular readers know I have said more than once, the 1950s were simply the greatest decade ever; and in spite of repeating myself, I’m saying it again. It...
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Affordable...

Heritage Manufacturing is importing Pietta parts from Italy and assembling “Rough Rider” authentic looking replica single action sixguns in this country.
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The .500 S&W Special

For the past several decades I’ve done a lot of work with the heaviest sixgun cartridges beginning with the .44 Magnum and progressing through the Heavy...
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A Bit Of...

As so many other things having to do with firearms it began with Elmer Keith. Keith was born in 1899 and during his growing up years quality sixguns as well...
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