From about the mid-1960s through the 1970s, the mid-frame .357 Magnum, double-action revolver was the most popular service firearm riding on a law enforcement officer’s hip.
A lightweight .44 Magnum revolver is handy and easy to carry. Recoil is brutal, though, when shooting full-power loads in sub-2-lb. guns such as the Smith & Wesson 329PD.
In 1936 Smith & Wesson introduced a 22/32 revolver with a 4" barrel—the Kit Gun—meant that its intent was to be carried within one’s kit as they traveled around the backcountry and streams.
In the past few weeks, Ruger has introduced several new items to its catalog, and includes something for every aficionado of the brand.
The 445 is a welcome return of a lightweight medium-framed .44 Spl. carry gun.
The new Chiappa Rhino has turned the revolver world upside down.
The Rhino has a futuristic design that reduces muzzle flip and recoil.
Never a company to rest on its laurels, Smith & Wesson continues to refine the 174-year-old revolver design with its new Bodyguard.