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Part 6 in our concealed carry series.
Choosing your personal handgun is just that—a personal choice. While individual preference is important, you should not select a poor quality or ineffective handgun on a whim. Once a certain level of quality is met, the differences in handling matter most. While quality handguns differ in features, most handguns in a particular class are tactically similar, with the final determiner of survival being your skill. When you are a student, you are human and often make poor choices.
Society changes slowly, although tools change often. Since about 1900, the subject of revolvers and automatics (yes, I know, we call them automatics anyway) has been beaten to death every time a novice looks at a handgun. So, I suppose it is worth another discussion. Likewise, with the introduction of new handguns, the situation warrants attention. I sometimes feel a pang of sympathy for new shooters.
When personal defense is the goal, the choice of firearms has a direct bearing on the success or failure of the mission. While mindset and training are vital, the firearm itself is material to the individual’s survival. The choice should be reliable, powerful enough for the task at hand and accurate enough to accomplish the mission. Reliability is an absolute, never to be compromised. Powerful enough begins with the .38 Special +P.
I have been fascinated by the great buildings of the world all my life and always find architecture interesting. While Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower are monumental achievements, the Pirate’s House in Savannah, Ga., is another structure I find completely interesting. And Joyce and I love the mile-high bridge at Grandfather Mountain.
At times, you just gotta go cowboy. Among my favorite handguns are single-action revolvers. I like the feel, heft, accuracy and handling. While some say they are outdated, they sure get a lot of use.
Revolver history is interesting. I am leading up to something because the revolver on my desk as I write this has me going back over everything I have learned about the revolver.
A Bit of Revolver History
The revolver is older than commonly believed. Double-barrel and combination barrels were common during the flintlock era, although they are not true repeaters. Revolvers with multiple chambers were not rare—they were expensive. The revolving-cylinder handgun dates back to at least 1540, so it was a case of the technology of the day not catching up with the thinking man’s dreams.
The history of men and women and machines is fascinating. The revolver may not be the most in demand at Cheaper than Dirt! but there are none more interesting. The first cartridge revolver in the United States was the little Smith and Wesson Number 1 in .22 Short. Colt was making thousands of cap-and-ball revolvers for the Union Army and Smith and Wesson sold its revolvers through private sale. Soldiers could tuck the little .22 into their shirts or jackets. Colts were the horse pistols, and the revolvers used by fast moving cavalry units.
The .44 Magnum is something of a wonder cartridge. It is all that most of us are willing to handle in a sidearm. There is no sugarcoating the recoil of the big magnum—it can be brutal. Yet the .44 Magnum is among the most accurate handgun cartridges. It is as deadly as a high power .30 caliber rifle against game at moderate range—perhaps more so.
As a fan of science fiction, I was intrigued by the introduction of the Taurus Judge. Here was the
S&W Model 69 Combat Magnum
For the first time, Smith & Wesson introduces the .44 Magnum caliber in an L-Frame revolver, the Model 69 Combat Magnum. Made especially for Magnum® usage, the Model 69 will also shoot the lighter .44 Special.
The Model 66 saw years of law enforcement service from 1970 to 2005. The all stainless-steel revolver has a smooth, glass-bead finish and is chambered for .357 Magnum and .38 Special.
S&W Model 686 Performance Center
The Smith & Wesson Model 686 has over 30 years of history. For 2014, S&W releases an enhanced Model 686 from its Performance Center shop. Intended for self-defense and chambered for .357 Magnum, the Performance Center Model 686 also shoots .38 Special.
Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have added their final set of articles about new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details about The View, a new compact DA concealed-carry small-framed revolver from Taurus named for its distinctive translucent polycarbonate right side plate, and 5-inch versions of the Walther PPQ M2 pistol. Also, Legacy Sports is introducing new Buntline rimfire revolvers.
The Smith & Wesson name is synonymous with quality revolvers, and with good reason. We got a chance to get a close-up look at Smith & Wesson’s booth at the 2014 SHOT Show and were treated with a huge wall of Performance Center eye candy. An unassuming wheel gun caught my eye that could get just about any job done.
Though I like pink, I believe I speak for many women who love firearms—even though we appreciate manufacturers giving us products designed with us in mind, we’re kind of tired of pink. Enter the brand new Taurus 85 View—a very tiny snub-nosed .38 Special +P-rated concealed carry revolver.
Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their first reports on new handguns introduced at the show. Manufacturers are offering an interesting mix of new handguns this year, running the gamut from several .22 rimfire models through dedicated competition guns.
When it comes to personal defense, the snubnose revolver is so handy, lightweight, easy to manipulate and simple to operate, it is widely used. Even those who carry a heavier firearm as a matter of course often deploy the snubnose as a backup or hideout. The backup gun may be a lifesaver in the case of a malfunction of the primary. The snubnose handgun must be used by a skilled shooter (meaning someone willing to practice).