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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.

NRA Gun of the Week: Charter Arms Professional

On this week’s “Gun of the Week” video preview, American Rifleman staff are checking out a sixgun from Charter Arms that utilizes a hybrid frame design built with aluminum to be lightweight and features the company’s Blacknitride+ treatment.

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.

Best Seller: Smith & Wesson Model 642

The Smith & Wesson Model 642, a classic J Frame design, was the fourth most sold revolver of 2021.

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