Posts Tagged ‘Revolvers’

Dark gray Taurus 85 .38 Special with a black grip on a white background.

Taurus 5-Shot Revolvers – The Model 85 and More

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).

Hand guiding the speedloader into a black pistol against a mottled brown background.

Speedloading — How to Quickly Load a Revolver

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.

LC380 with Crimson Trace

Ruger Announces New Models for 2014!

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.

Model 1874 Gatling Gun

5 Guns for Cheaper Than Dirt

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.

This is not a custom race gun. This is a standard model 51567.

“Right on Target. Right On Price.” Armscor/Rock Island Armory Company Profile

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.


At the Range with a Trio of Wheelguns

I recently had a chance to handle and fire three rimfire revolvers I may buy, either new or slightly used. I’m fond of wheelguns because they’re easy to maintain on a day-by-day basis, and I understand what usually goes wrong with them, which is not much. Also, I try to bring new folks into the gun culture as opportunities present themselves, and having a stable of easy-to-shoot revolvers is often a great way to do that. Here’s how this trio performed at the range.

Chiappa Goes Old School at SHOT

SHOT 2013: Chiappa 1873-22

Chiappa is going back to its roots with the 1873-22 SAA. Unlike the other thing (RHINO) they had last year this one is an ageless classic. Built with the look of the Colt SAA, this is the gun that won the west.

Smith & Wesson 108485 1911 SC Enhanced E-Series Pistol 45 ACP

Five Guns I Really Want in 2013

2012 is in the rearview window now. Some guns I handled and shot in the past year have come and gone and won’t be missed. However, a handful made a big impact, and now that they are gone, I want them back. So in 2013, I may slake my gun-buying thirst with a handful of interesting rifles, pistols and shotguns that I knew only too briefly last year, and whose absence I now regret.

Taurus Model 85 Revolver

New Year’s Revolutions

I love shooting, which is no surprise since I blog about it. While I will never get bored with my modern guns, sometimes I like to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane with some wheelguns and show my friends how things used to be; however, semi-autos have been around for over a century – have you? For my New Year’s Resolution, I’ve decided to carry and shoot my revolvers a little more often. There is something special about revolvers that I have trouble explaining. I will never say that revolvers are better than semi-autos—because sometimes it isn’t the best tool for the job. However, it is better in certain situations and for several reasons.

M&P40 .40 S&W

Manufacturer of the Week, Smith and Wesson, Smith & Wesson, S&W

Founded in 1852 by Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson the original Smith & Wesson Company, then based in Norwich, Connecticut, has few rivals as an American company not just a firearms manufacturer. It would take complete failure and the help of two unlikely sources – neither being the U.S. government – before it would become the company that is a household name around the world.

38 Special the loyal Friend of Police Officers

Cartridge of the Week, the Smith and Wesson .38 Special, .38 SPL, .38 SPC

It does not have to be flashy just dependable. It’s always there and it always works. It is like a good friend in a pinch you can count on it to be there for you. I am a traditionalist. I prefer something proven over the test of time – not the media or Internet hype. I am not a person who follows fads. That is why the next cartridge is so “Special” to me. That good friend throughout the years is the Smith and Wesson .38 Special.

Wild Bill Hickok, His .36 Colt Navy with a Dead Mans Hand

Firearm of the Week, the Colt Model of 1851 .36 Caliber Navy, Revolving Belt Pistol of Naval Caliber

We are going old school this week—really old school. This was the Colt that made all men equal in the final days of black powder percussion firearms. One of the most produced and popular pistols of any era, the gun was the Colt Model of 1851 .36 caliber Navy. If you have not wrapped your hand around one of these smoke wagons and made big medicine then you should make an addition to your bucket list.

Colt Python .357 Magnum

Firearm of the Week, the Colt Python .357 Combat Magnum

Kids, do I have something for you this week. These days you would think that the world revolved, no pun intended, around black plastic pistols and rifles. Highly functional but cookie cutter guns, “…there are many like it but this one is mine.” Well back in my day, a gun could be both highly functional and look awesome. In those days, Tupperware was for leftovers and metal was for guns.