Sure, semi-autos like Glocks and Smith & Wesson M&Ps continue to rule the roost when it comes to self-defense, especially in law enforcement circles. But the revolver isn’t dead yet. In fact, if you want the utmost in reliability, you’d be hard pressed to find a weapon system as steadfast as a revolver.
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They’re easy to use, there’s no slide to jam, and they still hold plenty of ammo to stop a deadly encounter. They may not carry as much as a semi-auto or be reloaded as quickly, but practice and preparation can make up for both of those areas.
COMBAT HANDGUNS magazine knows just how important revolvers are and have been since their introduction in the 1800s. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best wheelguns to grace the pages of our magazine this past year.
Some notable offerings include Ruger’s ever-popular LCR, which offer the perfect balance of weight, power and durability, and the Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P R8—a tricked-out revolver with top and bottom rails that holds an impressive eight rounds of .357 Magnum or .38 Special ammo. More examples come from Charter Arms, including the venerable Pitbull, which chambers semi-auto .45 ACP ammo, and the .38 Special Goldfinger and Tiffany—two compact revolvers for discerning shooters. These are just a few of the guns we’ve listed.
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For more information on the revolvers listed above, please visit the following websites:
- Dan Wesson Model 715 – .357 Magnum: CZ-usa.com
- Charter Arms Pitbull .45 ACP: CharterArms.com
- Charter Arms Goldfinger .38 Special: CharterArms.com
- Charter Arms The Tiffany .38 Special: CharterArms.com
- Ruger LCR 9mm: Ruger.com
- Smith & Wesson Model 460 XVR .460 Magnum: Smith-Wesson.com
- Smith & Wesson PC M&P R8: Smith-Wesson.com
- Taurus Raging Judge Magnum: Taurususa.com