When Smith & Wesson introduced the Governor in 2011, the concept of a revolver capable of chambering shotshells wasn’t groundbreaking. The new entry from a legendary maker, however, quickly caught media attention at the SHOT Show that year and for some good reasons.
During World War II, Brazilian troops fought as part of the U.S. Fifth Army in Italy. Although they mostly used American military arms, the men of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force also brought along Colt pistols and Smith & Wesson revolvers from home.
This week on American Rifleman Television, we look into the Winchester Ladies Cup clay competitions, test the Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield Plus OR 9 mm pistol and examine the history of the Mannicher-Berthier.
In the end, my choice was the 6.5" Smith & Wesson Model 624 in .44 Spl.—one of the best decisions I ever made. It’s a throwback, for sure, to back when Smith & Wesson still made revolvers with forged internals and not a sleeved barrel in sight.
The last widely popular pistol cartridge intended specifically for concealed carry was the .380 ACP, designed more than 100 years ago by John Moses Browning for the 1908 Colt pistol. I have often looked with mild frustration at the .380 and the ubiquitous 9 mm Luger, our two most common “carry” pistol cartridges.
Compared to most marksmanship competitions today, those held in Springtown, Penn., every year are for more unusual and dated firearms. Follow Kenneth L. Smith-Christmas as he recounts the experience of a "Victorian Riflemen" match.