Revering the Revolver

Revering the Revolver

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?


Recommended for You

Semi-Auto

Mossberg MC1sc 9mm Pistol Review

Brad Fitzpatrick

Mossberg dives into the CCW market with the MC1sc 9mm pistol (#89001), their first...

Training

Perfecting the One-Handed Draw

Richard Nance - July 02, 2019

Learn the keys to a successful one-handed draw.

Compact

10 Cheap Guns Under $250

Evan Brune - September 24, 2015

Guns are fun, and cheap guns are even more fun. Spend less on the firearm and more on ammo...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Going To The Range

Jim and Scott show you how to make each trip to the shooting range a quality experience.

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

G&A Editor Eric Poole and Viking Tacticals's Kyle Lamb talks about 2 new pistols from SIG Sauer and a Lipsey's Special of the P365.

The New Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun Load

Speer's Jared Hinton shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the new Speer Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun load.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

1911

Ruger SR1911 Officer-Style 9mm Review

James Tarr - May 01, 2019

The Ruger SR1911 is offered in two versions, an all-stainless in .45 ACP (model # 6762) and a...

Accessories

8 Popular Drop-In Glock Mods

Dusty Gibson - July 17, 2013

While some modifications require an experienced gunsmith, the average shooter can install most...

Accessories

SIG P320 Accessories and Upgrades

James Tarr - December 14, 2017

The number of accessories and aftermarket upgrades for the SIG P320 is only going to increase.

See More Stories

More Revolvers

Revolvers

Dan Wesson Brings Back Its Legendary Switch-Barrel Revolver

Brad Fitzpatrick - November 13, 2018

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, Dan Wesson brings back its legendary switch-barrel...

Revolvers

Ruger Announces New Wrangler .22 LR Single-Action Revolver

Handguns Digital Staff - April 19, 2019

The new Wrangler is built on the legacy of the Ruger Single-Six revolver.

Revolvers

Review: Ruger GP100 7-Shot .357 Magnum

Brad Fitzpatrick - January 15, 2019

Ruger's reliable and accurate GP100 now offers an extra round of .357 power.

See More Revolvers

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×