SHOT Show 2015: What about the revolvers?

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As you may have heard, I just got back from the 2015 SHOT Show. Pickings for revolver enthusiasts were slim, but there are a couple of things to talk about!

SHOT Show 2015 is a wrap and, as usual, I came back with a nasty sickness. No, not the infamous “Vegas Itch”, but the equally infamous “SHOT Show Crud”!Whenever you put 60,000+ people in a relatively confined space for four days and let everyone handle the same items again and again ...

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New Years news from Ruger, Glock, and more: SHOT Show is upon us, and I’ll be there!

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The big news this month is the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades show (the SHOT Show) in Las Vegas. We can expect a lot of new product announcements, but they almost always start leaking out before show time. Such is life in this ever more interconnected world!

Ruger, for instance, has announced a new version of their “Match Champion” GP100. This is a gun ...

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Gun makers plus consolidation equals history!

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How many U.S. gun makers can you name? I’ll bet there are quite a few that you’ve either forgotten about, or never even knew existed — but their legacy lives on, even today!
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It’s tempting to think that the way things are today is how they’ve always been. This perspective changes as the generations do; for kids growing up today, they probably assume that ...
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What gun goes with my Halloween costume?

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(All images courtesy of, and hosted by, the National Firearms Museum. Please allow time to load, and click on each picture to see the full-size version!)

Why, the incomparable Vampire Detective Special, of course!

Back in 1975, a young Leonard Francolini — already a master engraver at Colt — produced a masterpiece that is still talked about to this day. Francolini took a standard Detective Special and turned it into a ghoulish tribute to Dracula fans everywhere.

The post-’72 Detective Special, with its ...

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Our Navy once gave revolvers to SEALs. No, really.

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The revolver is often derided as outdated. If that’s the case, why did SEAL teams use them?
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Over the years I’ve written about many unique revolvers, but this one is up there with the oddest of them.

Sometime in the early 1970s, the U.S. Navy acquired a pistol to equip their divers (including the SEAL teams). This wasn’t a pistol to be used once they exited ...

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An interview with Hamilton Bowen!

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Hamilton Bowen, the renowned gunsmith and proprietor of Bowen Classic Arms, doesn’t often grant interviews. When he does, you should listen.
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Hamilton Bowen is a name familiar to anyone who appreciates fine firearms. Through his company, Bowen Classic Arms, he’s become known for exquisite craftsmanship and unparalleled style.

(I’ve said, more than once, that he’s the only guy in this business who consistently gets the ...

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Chinese police are now armed with revolvers?!?!

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I’m not sure which surprises me more; the fact that Chinese police heretofore have not been armed, or that they’re now armed with brand-spanking-new revolvers.
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The Chinese, I’m told, have not regularly had armed police patrolling their streets. I’m not sure why that’s odd to me; perhaps my image of the authoritarian state, known mostly for their suppression of anything resembling dissent, includes police officers armed and ready to take down anyone daring to try that whole ...
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NRA Show notes: how to botch a new product introduction. Not that it really matters when the product is this bad.

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So, let’s say you’ve got a new product and a major opportunity to show it to the world. Think it might be a good idea to, you know, make it easy for people to learn about it? One company apparently doesn’t!
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It’s a bad sign when a company introduces a new gun, spends a large amount of money to publicize it at a major trade show, then says “we’re ...
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A different design for a revolving rifle, but this one is full auto – and a mystery!

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Ever wanted a revolving rifle that fired three-round bursts at an equivalent cyclic rate of 4,900 rounds per minute? Three inventors in the 1970s came up with an idea to do just that. Maybe.
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The revolver mechanism has proven itself over the last century or so to be a robust and reliable means of providing repeating capability to a handgun. Of course not all revolvers have been handguns; there have been a few revolving rifles over the years, ...
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Quick: can you name a Japanese revolver?

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Japanese pistols aren’t limited to the Nambu. Before that, there was the Type 26 revolver. Yes, a Japanese revolver.

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We tend to think of the revolver as an American arm. There’s a lot to be said for that point of view: while there were revolver-like firearms made as early as the 16th century, the patent for the first commercially successful revolver (and what we’d recognize as a being a modern revolver) belonged ...
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Another great review of my “Gun Digest Book of the Revolver!”

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Thanks to the Ordnance Corner for a very nice review of my first book, the Gun Digest Book of the Revolver. It’s always a pleasure to be able to bring quality information to people and do so in a way that is both comprehensive and understandable. (At least, that’s what I hope I do!)

Though that book has been out a few years now, I still get many nice emails every week from people who have found something ...

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Smith & Wesson introduces two 9mm revolvers!

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Smith & Wesson has announced several new revolvers to be shown at SHOT Show, and two of them are creating some buzz on the ‘net. Why? Because they’re chambered in 9mm!
Smith & Wesson has announced several new revolvers to be shown at SHOT Show, and two of them are creating some buzz on the ‘net. Why? Because they’re chambered in 9mm!

The first is the Performance Center Model 929, which S&W spokesperson Julie Golob refers ...

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Ruger announces two new revolvers!

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Just in time for SHOT Show 2014 next month, Ruger has added a couple of new revolvers to the line.

First is a version of their 5-shot polymer revolver called the LCRx. The LCRx is, like the original LCR, chambered for the .38 Special +P. It differs from the original in having a hammer spur (the LCR has a hidden hammer, similar to the S&W ‘Centennial’ series.)

I realize they’re simply supplying market demand, and I have no doubt some ...

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Ruger Redhawk vs. Super Redhawk: what’s the difference?

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David L. asked on Facebook about the design differences between the Ruger Redhawk and the Super Redhawk. He says “I love the classic lines of the Redhawk, but the Super Redhawk completely took over. When you feel like a change of subject is in order, please consider a little “under the hood” comparison of these two revolvers.”

The Redhawk (often abbreviated ‘RH’) and Super Redhawk (herein referred to as ‘SRH’) are both large caliber double action revolvers. I’ll start with the ...

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Yet another automatic revolver: The Union.

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As you may remember, Ian at Forgotten Weapons has been chronicling the various automatic revolvers that have been made over the years. Except for the Mateba Unica, they’re generally rare (with appropriate price tags, of course.) This variant on the theme follows the trend: there were only 300 Union Automatic Revolvers made. Of those 300 it’s hard to know how many survived. In fact, it’s hard to know if all 300 actually made it to market!

The gun was designed by ...

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It’s official: Defensive Revolver Fundamentals has been released!

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My latest book, Defensive Revolver Fundamentals, officially launched yesterday! The Outdoor Wire carried the press release, saying “In his new book, Defensive Revolver Fundamentals, Cunningham makes an informed and convincing case for the revolver as a personal defense firearm.”

This is the book I’ve wanted to write for some time. It distills everything I’ve learned about defensive shooting up to this point, focusing ...

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Some people should stick to Glocks: a review of a bad review.

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In the September issue of SWAT Magazine is a review of the Wiley Clapp special edition Ruger GP100. I’ve mentioned this gun previously; it’s a mix of some good things, some mediocre things, and a surprising omission or two. Overall it’s a nice treatment of the old warhorse, and I’m glad to see attention being paid to something other than hunting revolvers at Ruger.

It’s this article that I find a little odd. Written by Todd Burgreen, it’s your typical gun ...

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Another automatic revolver – and boy, is this one weird!

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Ian at Forgotten Weapons has done it again! This time he’s got the scoop on the oddest revolver ever made: the Norwegian Landstad Model 1900.

I won’t steal his thunder by saying any more, but will instead urge you to click on the link and read his article. It’s like going to the freak show: you can’t believe such a thing exists, but you can’t stop staring in morbid fascination!

-=[ Grant ]=-

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Even I learn something now and again: an odd automatic revolver!

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an over at Forgotten Weapons has done it again: come up with a gun I didn’t know existed. In this case, it’s a revolver I’d never heard of.

He recently posted a picture of the three commonly known automatic revolvers – that is, revolvers that rotate the cylinder and cock the hammer after every shot, as opposed to having the shooter’s trigger finger do that work. Most people have heard of the Mateba Unica, or the Webley-Fosberry, but ...

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A revolver from Savage?

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I’ll admit to occasionally being surprised, but when I saw a headline over at Forgotten Weapons about a Savage revolver, I scratched my head just a little. I couldn’t recall any revolver made by Savage; autoloaders yes, and of course rifles, but a revolver?

Turns out that the Savage Model 101 isn’t really a revolver at all; it just looks like one. The ‘cylinder’ is fixed to the barrel, and the entire assembly pivots out from the frame ...

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Two new revolver holsters from Crossbreed and DeSantis.

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I’m always looking for good revolver holsters. It seems we get the short end of the stick from everyone! This week, however, there are a couple of new holsters I’d like to bring to your attention, as they both offer something unique.

The first is the DeSantis Ammo Nemesis. It’s a synthetic pocket holster for a small revolver (J-frame, possibly a Detective Special.) The outside of the holster has a very grippy rubber covering, which should help keep ...

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How subjects in the UK get around their draconian gun laws.

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As you may know, the United Kingdom banned possession of handguns for the general populace some time back. This action was precipitated by a spree killing at a school in Scotland, and in an incredibly strong knee-jerk reaction the UK simply declared handguns to be illegal. Confiscation and destruction followed; the loss of many historical artifacts resulted.

The law exempts muzzle-loading handguns, however, and so some enterprising souls convert double-action revolvers into muzzleloaders. The Firearms Blog has the ...

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A BIG revolver. Sorta. But who’s going to argue with a Gatling gun?

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As I mentioned in my SHOT Show 2013 recap, I ran into Ian from Forgotten Weapons at the show. We only talked for a very brief time, but he mentioned that he was putting up a “revolver” video just for me – and then laughed.

No wonder! The video in question is him firing one of the Colt 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun reproductions (which I covered in my SHOT Show 2012 report last year!) Neat video, neat gun, ...

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Back from SHOT Show 2013, Part Two: Gear.

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I don’t really go to SHOT to look at gear, but on Friday I had the whole day to get out and look at stuff. Prior to that I only saw gear on a “hit and miss” basis as I ran between appointments and meetings. Here’s what I managed to see:

– The first thing I have to report (and the most exciting for revolver enthusiasts) is that Korth, the top-tier German revolver maker, is looking for a ...

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Revolver malfunctions, Part Four: design and engineering issues.

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Very often an autoloader fails to function as a result of design. The reciprocation of the slide is governed by a combination of spring pressure, cartridge power, and system friction. The parameters inside which that system operates are actually pretty narrow, and it’s a testament to both design and care of manufacture that today’s modern autoloading pistols work as well as they do – which is to say, generally very well. Short of a non-externally-caused catastrophic parts failure (which is ...

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Revolver malfunctions, Part Three – user induced problems.

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There are really only two “malfunctions” that can be attributed to shooter technique, and they’re both easily avoided.

The first is a failure to properly reset the trigger. This is especially common with autoloader shooters who pick up a Ruger revolver: used to resetting the trigger until they hear or feel a “click”, they do the same on their revolver and…the trigger locks up! The trigger won’t compress until it’s allowed to travel all the way forward, to its rest position, ...

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Revolver malfunctions, Part Two: maintenance-induced failures.

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In the first installment we looked at revolver malfunctions caused by ammunition. (I’ve edited that entry to consider dirty ammunition, which can also cause stoppages. I recommend that you go back and re-read it for that discussion.) It’s important to note that ammunition failures are not the fault of the revolver and they’re not unique to the revolver (they happen to autoloaders too.) They do, however, account for the majority of revolver failures and thus must be understood and dealt ...

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