Smith & Wesson's elegant workhorse wheelgun, the Model 57/58 in .41 Magnum, is Wiley Clapp's pick for his favorite handgun of the 1980s.
For sheer perserverence in the face of adversity, you can’t beat the grand old .41 Magnum. Although this so-called “middle magnum” was never on the top of the heap in revolver cartridge popularity, it stoutly withstood repeated efforts to cancel it out. This business of a revolver that was not just a supplement to the sporting rifle, started with the .357 Mag. in 1935.
This massive pistol's long and colorful history still generates plenty of discussion. To find the answers to nine of the top questions about this beefy big-bore semi-auto, we went straight to the expert.