Posts Tagged ‘Revolvers’

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.

Colt Python

Is the Duty Carry Revolver Done?

It was a brisk Saturday morning. The North Texas winter was usually mild, but this year was different. Sheets of ice lay like patchwork over the ground and I had to brush the frost off my windshield before heading to the local range. I managed to sneak out of the house in the early morning before the wife handed me the usual honey-do list. I’m not sorry to say I’ve been avoiding it in favor of some quality range time.

SW617

Don’t Use Too Much Gun!

Yesterday, I stayed at a friend’s cabin in the backwoods of Tennessee. In the evening, her cat discovered a mouse that infiltrated from the outside. Three hours later, the cat was still chasing the mouse all over furniture, running through the upstairs bedroom, then along the hallways. Something had to be done to remove the rodent since the cat was clearly not up to the task.

Big Honkin’ Revolvers

They don’t call these bad boys hand cannons for nothing.

S&W Model 500 Revolver .500 S&W

S&W Model 500 Revolver .500 S&W

S&W Model 500 Revolver .500 S&W

This is definitely the granddaddy of all big honkin’ revolvers. Smith & Wesson says it is the “most powerful production revolver in the world today.” I asked the guys around the office if any of them have shot the .500 S&W and of course CTD Mike speaks up: “Yes. I held on very tightly.” I have no shame in saying that I have not tried the Smith & Wesson 500, although I haven’t had the chance anyway. Historically, S&W pushes the envelope in developing big handgun calibers, but since the 1960s, the .454 Casull overshadowed them. S&W unveiled the .500 S&W in 2007 and Cor-Bon made the round. They designed it for North American heavy, dangerous game. A hunter reportedly used a .500 S&W to shoot the controversial “Pigzilla.” As the story goes, 11-year old Jamison Stone shot the pig nine times before getting a kill shot.

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Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk .44 Remington Magnum

Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk .44 Remington Magnum

Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk .44 Remington Magnum

Outdoor Life named the Ruger Super Blackhawk one of the 50 Best Guns Ever Made. The movie Dirty Harry made the S&W Model 29 and the .44 Remington Magnum calibers a hot commodity in 1970s. Ruger’s Super Blackhawk was the more affordable answer to those who didn’t want to fork out the cash for the Model 29. Ruger released the original single-action Blackhawk revolver in 1955, with the .44 Magnum versions becoming available in 1956. The “new model” Ruger revolvers incorporated new safety features and started production in 1973. In 2000, Ruger introduced a new action and steel injector housing to the Ruger New Super Blackhawk. It has a ginormous 10-1/2 inch barrel, making the Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk a whopping 16-5/8 inches overall. It holds six rounds with Western-style rosewood grips and a ramp front and adjustable rear sights.

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Taurus Model 608 .357 Magnum

Taurus Model 608 .357 Magnum

Taurus Model 608 .357 Magnum

The .357 Magnum caliber isn’t as a hard-hitter as the .44 Magnum or the .500 S&W, but it ain’t no wuss either. The Taurus Model 608 holds eight rounds of this massive caliber as well! The 608 revolver features an eight-inch ported barrel. The porting helps reduce recoil and muzzle climb. The Taurus Model 608 has a large steel frame and black rubber grips for comfortable shooting. There is a fixed front and an adjustable rear sight.

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Magnum Research BFR .45-70 Gvt

Magnum Research BFR .45-70 Gvt

Magnum Research BFR .45-70 Gvt

A caliber usually found in lever-action, big game hunting revolvers, Magnum Research’s BFR (Big Freakin’ Revolver) is a stupid big anti-bear cannon. Originally made by Springfield Armory, the .45-70 Government has been around since 1873. The .45-70 Government is an excellent North American big game caliber, as it the round has a somewhat low velocity. It has also been popular with hunters who have the opportunity to hunt in Africa. The Magnum Research BFR in .45-70 has a 10-inch barrel and an overall length of 17.5 inches. It comes with a scope mount and fixed front and an adjustable rear sight.

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S&W Model 29 Classic Revolver .44 Magnum

S&W Model 29 Classic Revolver .44 Magnum

S&W Model 29 Classic Revolver .44 Magnum

Originally, when I started this post, I purposely was going to leave out the S&W Model 29. However, I concluded that it wasn’t fair to exclude the one revolver that started the whole stinkin’ big revolver thang. So here it is, Dirty Harry’s “go ahead make my day” S&W Model 29, .44 Magnum revolver.

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New is Well-forgotten Old

Boberg XR9-S

Boberg XR9-S

Chiappa Rhino .357

Chiappa Rhino .357

Among the most noteworthy recent handgun designs, two stand out through their original technical solutions. Mars autoloading pistol of 1900. But that’s all very recent history as far as gun designs go. It turns out that the concept of a bullpup handgun with a very low bore axis goes back much further.

This percussion revolver fires from the bottom chamber and it is a bullpup, so it is effectively a distant ancestor of both the Boberg and the Chiappa designs. Not bad for a weapon patented 154 years ago!

Percussion bullpup revolver

Percussion bullpup revolver

1857 patent drawing

1857 patent drawing