Nearly every major manufacturer offers optics-ready handguns, and it’s convinced some that pistol iron sights are destined for extinction. We asked seven of the industry’s foremost if they’re indeed on the endangered species list. Even they can’t come to a consensus.
Today’s Model 10 chambers .38 Spl. and can handle +P loads. Cylinder capacity is six cartridges in the single/double action. Its frame, cylinder and barrel are carbon steel, blued in classic fashion and the grips are wood. It’s a timeless look.
Colt’s Model 1877 Lightning revolver (occasionally confused with its 1884 Lightning pump-action rifle) was the company’s first double-action handgun, brought out to compete with the double-action British bulldog revolvers gaining in popularity at the time.
The Man With No Name Conversion retains the overall profile of the M1851 blackpowder revolver, even keeping the loading lever at the bottom of the barrel, but a hinged loading gate at the rear of the frame allows shooters to fire modern factory ammunition in the form of .38 Colt or .38 Spl.
Armscor offers a magnum rimfire chambering in a mid-sized, double-action revolver with the Czechoslovakian Alfa Proj AL22M chambered in .22 Magnum.
Follow along as an American Rifleman contributor converts a Heritage rimfire Buntline Revolver into a Rancher Carbine at home with a custom mix of components.
Featured on this Gun Of The Week video preview, the Big Frame Revolver or BFR, from Magnum Research, was born out of a love for wheelguns of the Old West style while stretching the capabilities of a revolver platform to accept modern centerfire rifle cartridges such as the newly popular 350 Legend.