The Armed Citizen

The Armed Citizen® Dec. 6, 2021

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Taurus 605: A Pint-Size .357 Mag. Revolver

With its small size and potent .357 Mag. chambering, the Taurus 605 revolver is an affordable and popular choice for self defense.

Smith & Wesson's Triple Lock: A Look Back

The Triple Lock was the first Smith & Wesson revolver built on what is now called the N-frame—S&W’s N-frames have defined the modern wheelgun.

Chiappa Rhino: A Modern Revolver With A Twist

In 2010, the Italian manufacturer Chiappa unveiled an unusual revolver design where the barrel is located lower in the frame and the bottom cylinder is the one to fire, the Chiappa Rhino.

Review: Henry Big Boy X Model .357 Mag.

Henry blends both the best aspects of its classic lever-action design with some of the niceties of 21st-century features into a carbine that is both capable of hunting and home defense, the Big Boy X Model in .357 Mag.

The .44 Special: A Big-Bore Favorite

The .44 Smith & Wesson Special has had a virtual cult-like following for most of its 100-plus-year existence and became a favorite of many western lawmen and self-defense practitioners.

Colt 1871-72 Open Top: The Revolver That Begat The Single Action Army

Though largely forgotten and scarce today, the Colt 1871-72 "Open Top" revolvers represented an evolution in design for Colt, and ultimately paved the way for the Colt to transition from the cap-and-ball era to the cartridge era of the Single Action Army.

The 9mm Luger Cartridge: History and Performance

Since its development by Austrian inventor Georg Luger at the dawn of the semi-automatic handgun age, the 9mm Luger cartridge has become the most prevalent and used pistol caliber found today.

Best Seller: Taurus C45 Thunderbolt

The Taurus C45 Thunderbolt, despite not being offered since production stopped in 2010, still ranks at the top of the list a decade later, being the fourth most sold pump-action rifle of 2020.

Rifleman Q&A: Puzzled By S&W Revolver Markings

A gun's markings will reveal specialized information that is pertinent to its identification, manufacture and origin. Contributing Editor John F. Treakle chimes in to help identify one peculiar Smith & Wesson Model 10-7 revolver.

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