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Smith and Wesson Combat Magnum with rubber grips in .357 Magnum

Firearms

Review: Smith and Wesson Combat Magnum

A sensation when first introduced, the Combat Magnum became one of the most popular handguns of all time. In terms of power, accuracy, and fit and finish, few modern service pistols equal Smith and Wesson’s best revolver. At the time of its introduction, the Combat Magnum was the world’s lightest .357 Magnum revolver. Truly, the Combat Magnum was the revolver everyone wanted and arguably the finest service revolver ever fielded.

Ruger GP100 revolver right profile wood grips

Firearms

Range Report: Ruger GP100

While modern self-loading handguns are as reliable as a machine can be, the revolver is more likely to fire after long-term storage while loaded. You may leave the revolver at home, ready, and it will come up shooting. The revolver may also be placed against an adversary’s body and fired. EIther way, many feel comforted by an extra round or two at the ready.

Colt .357 magnum revolver right profile

Firearms

Range Report: The Colt .357

The history of the piece is interesting. Colt’s double action revolvers began production about the turn of the previous century. The Army Special, and later the Official Police revolver, were robust handguns with a smooth action. The Colt Official Police is slightly larger than the Smith and Wesson Military and Police and was sometimes chambered in .41 Colt. We often call the Colt a .41 frame revolver. The Army Special/Official Police is the primogenitor of the Colt Python.

Bob Campbell shooting the smith and wesson 686 plus revolver front

Firearms

Smith and Wesson 686 Plus — A Go Anywhere Do Anything Handgun

While Smith and Wesson has manufactured great revolvers for a long time, the 686 Plus is superior in many regards. Modern CNC machinery results in tight tolerances in the throat and chamber dimensions. This means excellent accuracy potential, which is important for some pursuits. No one has ever been sorry for carrying an accurate personal defense handgun. No one will be sorry for carrying the 686 Plus.

Smith and Wesson 649 .357 Magnum revolver left profile

Firearms

Review: Smith and Wesson Model 649 — S&W’s Best Snubbie

Smith and Wesson has earned an enviable reputation for quality revolvers well suited to personal defense. The small five-shot revolver is among its most popular handguns, with the Model 649 carrying honors as the best of Smith and Wesson’s snubbie lineup. Read the article to see whether you agree.

Two Smith and Wesson revolvers with Pachmayr grips

Gun Gear

Review: Pachmayr Guardian Grips

The Pachmayr Guardian grip is among the most interesting yet and certainly the most innovative. The design is simple enough. This spring-loaded extension rocks into place and allows firing the pistol with much more comfort. A rough analogy is the difference between the flush fit and extended grip offered with compact self-loading handguns.

Smith and Wesson 686 plus revolver with Speed Beez speedloader

Firearms

Review: Smith and Wesson’s L Frame Magnum

Smith and Wesson’s 1935 .357 Magnum was introduced to a handgunning world far different than the one we live in today. Smith and Wesson .38 K frame revolvers, the Colt Army Special, and even the Colt Single Action Army were popular sidearms. The Smith and Wesson Triple Lock was the choice was many professional shooters.

Coonan .357 magnum 1911-style handgun, left profile

Firearms

Review: Coonans Hard Hitting .357 Magnum 1911

The Coonan really shines as a field and hunting handgun for those that appreciate an instant second shot and the fast handling of the 1911 design. The pistol is fast on target to the first shot, but recoil is such that fast follow-up shots are not in the class with the .45 ACP. And that is ok.

Kimber K6s with a speedloader inserted into the cylinder

Firearms

Review: Kimber K6s Revolver

For the K6s, Kimber began with a clean slate and created a revolver with features that are completely modern. The K6s primary innovation is an impossibly thin, six-shot cylinder. This six-shot .357 Magnum revolver is less than 1.5 inches wide. The cylinders are counter shrunk, in the classic style for safety. To aid in cylinder rotation, the case rim doesn’t drag on the recoil shield, but that is far from all of the K6s’s new attributes.