I recently had a chance to handle and fire three rimfire revolvers I may buy: the Smith & Wesson 617 No. 160584, Taurus 94B2UL Ultra-Lite Nine .22 LR, and the Ruger New Model Single Six Convertible No. 0623. Here’s how this trio performed at the range.
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