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Rifleman Q&A: What Was The First Speedloader?

When did we invent the speedloader? To answer that question, we have to go back to the 19th century.

A Look Back at the .44 Special

As the 20th century was about to debut, the brass at Smith & Wesson decided on a new double-action revolver design called the Hand Ejector Model. More powerful cartridges were in high demand so the company developed a solid frame with a swing-out cylinder to replace its top-break double actions.

Dirty Harry's Model 29: America's Shooting Star

Out of production and somewhat obscure, the Smith & Wesson Model 29 was once well known only to serious big-bore handgunners. Then in 1971, it became one of the most famous and desirable handguns of all time. Do you know why? Well, do ya?

A Look Back at the Smith & Wesson Model 29

This classic revolver is what spawned the big-bore magnum handgun frenzy.

Smith & Wesson Model 29

First introduced as the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum in 1955, the Model 29 was the original .44 Mag. revolver—and it would go on to attain nearly unparalleled levels of fame in the wheelgun industry.

Gun of the Week: Smith and Wesson Model 29

Gun of the Week: Smith and Wesson Model 29

Lew Horton S&W Model 29

Lew Horton Distributing has created an updated version of the iconic S&W Model 29.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 Exploded View

An exploded view diagram of the classic Smith and Wesson Model 29 revolver, one of the first firearms chambered for the powerful .44 Magnum cartridge. Companion piece to the article with disassembly instructions "Smith & Wesson Model 29."

Model 29s Again

When I reminisced about Smith & Wesson's grand magnum—the Model 29—a heck of a lot of readers chimed in with their recollections and impressions.

Smith and Wesson Model 29

In the years immediately following World War II, experimenters had been developing ever more powerful loads for the .44 Spl. cartridge. It was natural that a more powerful counterpart to that round should be developed in the same way that the .357 Mag. evolved from the .38 Spl.

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