The Thompson/Center Encore is the premier single-shot, break-action pistol for serious shooters. In celebrating the Encore's positive qualities and multitudinous interchangeable barrels, this pistol is sometimes overlooked as a .45 Colt/.410 handgun option. Shooters can quickly and easily swap out an existing Encore barrel for either a 12-inch blued or 15-inch stainless steel (shown) .410 barrel featuring front and rear bead sights.
Manufacturer: Thompson/Center; www.tcarms.com Model: Encore Action: Single Action Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 (2.5” or 3” Shells) Finish: Blued or Stainless Steel Grips: Wood or Synthetic Sights: Dual Bead Sights Safety: Automatic Hammer Block with Bolt Interlock Choke: Removable, wrench provided Barrel Length: 12” or 15” Overall Length: 16.5” or 19.5” Weight: 4.25 or 4.5 lbs. Capacity: 1 Round
Taking a page from the Bond Arms' book of modern double-barrel pistol design, Cimarron has introduced the Titan .45 Colt/.410 derringer. Built exclusively for Cimarron by Cobra Firearms, the Titan is available in either a natural high-polish or black stainless-steel finish. The grip is fitted with engraved rosewood panels, and interchangeable 9 mm barrels are also available.
Rossi has long been giving shooters twice the bang for their buck with its value-priced Matched Pair break-action combo guns. This year, the company entered the .410 handgun market by giving the Matched Pair concept a new twist. Fitted with a recoil-reducing handgun grip, instead of a shoulder stock and an 11-inch barrel, this Matched Pair pistol arrives with an 11-inch .45 Colt/.410 barrel fitted with a removable choke, and a second barrel chambered in .22 Long Rifle.
Manufacturer: Rossi; www.rossiusa.com Model: Matched Pair Pistol Action: Single Action Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 and .22 Long Rifle Finish: Blued Grips: Rubber Front Sight: Fixed Red Fiber Optic Rear Sight: Adjustable Barrel Length: 11” Capacity: 1 Round
US Firearms, known for its custom cowboy single-action revolvers, has certainly thought outside the box in creating these new dual-caliber wheel guns. Over three years in development, the rock-solid all-steel USFA M4-410 (top) is the result of a variety of experiments to produce a short-barreled revolver capable of producing tight groups with .410 shot shells. For those who prefer a more traditional look, the USFA SHOT Pistol (bottom) features a straight, solid barrel topped with a gold sight bead.
Manufacturer: US Firearms; www.shotpistol.com Models: USFA M4-410 & USFA SHOT Action: Single-Action Revolver Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 (2.5” Shells Only) Finish: Matte Blue 4140 Carbon Steel Grips: Hard Rubber Sights: No Sights or Gold Bead Barrel Length: 2” vented or 2.4” solid Weight: 2.35 or 2.39 lbs. Capacity: 6 Rounds Twist: LH 1:16”
Magnum Research makes big handguns, and the BFR series of revolvers is no exception. The original BFR .45 Colt/.410 features a 7.5-inch barrel fitted with a removable choke. To make the latest version of the gun a little handier, "The Hammer" has been fitted with a 5.25-Inch un-choked barrel. Built with the same materials and processes used for BFRs chambered in hot magnum loads like the .500 S&W Mag. and .450 Marlin, this revolver can easily digest any factory .45 Colt, 2 1/2-inch .410 or 3-inch .410 shell you would care to feed it.
Manufacturer: Magnum Research; www.magnumresearch.com Model: BFR "The Hammer" Type: Single-Action Revolver Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 (2.5” or 3” Shells) Barrel Length: 5.25” Capacity: 5 Rounds Rifling: 1:20” Sights: Factory Black Fixed Front/Rear Adjustable Safety: Transfer Bar Grip: Rubber Overall Length: 13.5” Weight: 4.3 lbs. Trigger Pull: 3-4 lbs. Finish: Stainless Steel
At first glance, the Governor looks like an attempt by Smith & Wesson to mimic the Judge. But upon closer inspection, this revolver has a variety of features that allow it to stand on its own. The six-round cylinder fires .45 Colt and 2 1/2-inch .410 shells, but with the use of moon clips it can also fire .45 ACP. With a matte-black finish, lightweight Scandium alloy frame, Tritium Night Sights and an optional Crimson Trace laser grip, the Governor arrives from the factory ready to take office.
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson; www.smith-wesson.com Model: Governor (Z Frame) Action: Double-Action Revolver Caliber: .45 Colt, .45 ACP, .410 (2.5” Shells Only) Material: Scandium Alloy Frame/Stainless PVD Cylinder Finish: Matte Black Front Sight: Dovetailed Tritium Night Sight Rear Sight: Fixed Grip: Hogue Synthetic Rubber or Crimson Trace Laser Grip Barrel Length: 2.75” Overall Length: 8.5” Height: 5.5” Weight: 29.6 ozs. Width: 1.75” Capacity: 6 Rounds Twist: RH 1:15” Rifle Grooves: 6 Other Features: 2-Round and 6-Round Moon Clips included for use with .45 ACP
Bond Arms has been in the business of providing its customers with compact, reliable, Texas-made .45 Colt/.410 double-barrel pistols since 1995. This company is the second most prolific provider of proprietary pistols with seven .45 Colt/.410 models to choose from. The latest addition to the pack is the USA Defender, featuring a 3-inch barrel chambered for 2 1/2-inch .410 shells, a removable trigger guard and an engraved rosewood extended grip.
Manufacturer: Bond Arms; www.bondarms.com Model: USA Defender Action: Single Action Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 (2.5” Shells Only) Finish: Satin Stainless Steel Grips: Engraved Rosewood Extended Grip Sights: Fixed Safety: Cross Bolt, Rebounding Hammer Barrel Length: 3” Overall Length: 5” Height: 4.25” Width: 1” Weight: 19 ozs. Capacity: 2 Rounds Other Features: Interchangeable barrels in various lengths and calibers
Since its introduction of the Judge .45 Colt/.410 revolver in 2008, Taurus has remained the No. 1 manufacturer of .410 capable double-action wheel guns. 2011 marked the arrival of no less than seven new variations of the Judge, including a ported stainless-steel model with a tactical rail, the Raging Judge series and the polymer-framed Public Defender.
The Polymer Public Defender features a frame incorporating both steel and synthetic components, a practice that has been used successfully in a variety of semi-automatic pistols for quite some time. Both the barrel and the grip frame have been abbreviated for ease of concealment, and the comfortable Ribber grip helps to manage the recoil produced by 2 1/2-inch .410 shotgun shells. The bright red fiber-optic front sight on this version of the Defender is complemented with a low-profile adjustable rear sight.
Manufacturer: Taurus USA; www.taurususa.com Model: 4510PLY-SS2 Public Defender Polymer Action: Double-Action Revolver Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 (2.5” Shells Only) Finish: Black Polymer Frame, Stainless Steel Cylinder Grips: Ribber Grip Front Sight: Fixed with Red Fiber Optic Rear Sight: Adjustable Safety: Transfer Bar, Taurus Security System Barrel Length: 2.5” Trigger Guard: Removable Height: 4.6” Width: 1.5” Weight: 23 ozs. Capacity: 5 Rounds