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.
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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).
About half of the students in my training classes use a revolver. The revolver is not immune to malfunctions, and a good quality revolver is as reliable as a machine can be. The subject of revolver speed loads comes up often, and most of the time the speed load is done half right or incorrectly.
What follows is the proper way.
It’s a good thing the jolly red elf has not finished his rounds yet, because Christmas lists need to be revised ASAP! The good folks at Ruger just released the new additions for 2014 and there seems to be a little something to top every shooter’s wish list.
Rock Island Auction Company’s December 2013 Premiere Firearms Auction is showing some pretty impressive wares for all types of collectors. The first day of the auction has over 770 lots where the low estimate is $2,000 or less. This of course is in addition to its regular selection of amazing, one-of-a-kind collector and investment grade firearms. Below are a few highlights of both the phenomenal and the affordable.
Very early 2012, the experts at Cheaper Than Dirt! listed what they thought were the greatest guns of 2011. Usually the greatest guns of any year are ones newest to the market. Like fashion, gun nuts follow gun trends and when something new comes along, especially if it is innovative or cool looking we all jump on the bandwagon.
I love the smell of leather. It is distinct, not really sweet, but pleasing, and reeks of manliness. I miss it, but not so much that I would give up the simplicity and minimalistic approach of a Versacarry holster.
After receiving the country’s first official firearms license from the government in 1952, under the name Squires Bingham Manufacturing Inc., the now renamed Armscor has moved at full speed ever since. In 1985, Armscor Precision International opened its U.S. doors in Nevada and shortly after purchased Rock Island Armory. Armscor plans to double its production in 2013 to meet ammunition supply demands by opening a new facility in Pahrump, Nevada.