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Revering the Revolver

by Bart Skelton   |  February 8th, 2012 5

The revolver is a timeless piece of art. Since the invention of the Paterson, the revolver has been a solid part of Americana when it comes to firearms. Don’t get me wrong – I like a good auto pistol as much as the next guy, but the self-loader, even the fine old 1911, just doesn’t have the graceful lines of a fine revolver.

 

While I love single-actions, double-action wheelguns are often just as lovely. Early double-action revolvers such as the Smith &Wesson Triple Lock have a classic look and feel. I’m fortunate enough to own a couple of Triple Locks, both in .44 Special. Another of my favorites is the Smith & Wesson Model 29 in .44 Magnum. Though it’s a burden to carry, I really like the 8 3/8 inch barrel, particularly now that my eyes aren’t what they once were.

 

Colt double-actions are also some of the most handsome of handguns, in particular the Colt Python. I owned a fine one years ago that had been tuned by Fred Sadowski, one of the best Colt double smiths of his time. It was one of the smoothest DA revolvers I ever fired, and I wish I had it back.

 

The good news is that Colt has stepped up their production of single-action revolvers. I had the chance to handle a couple of them recently at the SHOT show in Las Vegas, and was really impressed. The company is also re-issuing the New Frontier, which was their adjustable sighted single action. I handled one of those as well, and can’t wait to burn some powder through one.

 

Who knows, if Colt keeps churning out great single-actions, perhaps they’ll go back to producing great DAs, too. I’m of the opinion that they would do well in offering a new Python.

 

If you could influence any of today’s handgun manufacturers to bring back a gun from the past, what would it be?

  • bill kayet

    colt anaconda ptobably better thany othe 44 mag out there

  • Slobodan Ilic

    S&W, Russian and Mauser C 96 Broomhandle

  • Ed Yearwood

    sure the .44 is a good gun.But how many people can hit anything with it ?

  • Dissatat

    Colt Detective .38 Special

  • GG123

    I'd like to see the Colt black powder series re-issues brought back, the Walker, the Dragoons, 1860 Army, 1862 Pocket Police, etc.

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