While single-stack nines and polymer-frame wonder pistols have dominated the market in recent years, the compact concealed-carry revolver continues to be popular with defense-minded consumers. The most recent introductions to the concealed-carry revolver market in 2018 offer a range of new options, from budget-priced models to high-end, feature-rich variants. There's something for everyone in our roundup of 2018's new wheelguns:
Charter Arms Bulldog pistol The Bulldog line gets another big-bore option with the .45 Colt variant. In addition to the .44 Spl. offering Charter has maintained for decades, the historical .45 Colt now has a home in the company’s Bulldog revolvers.
Charter Arms Chic Lady Magenta Featuring an attractive color combination of magenta-anodized aluminum and polished-stainless steel barrel, cylinder, trigger and cylinder release, the Chic Lady Magenta brings peace of mind in a stylish package amenable to concealed carry.
Charter Arms Undercover Charter’s mainstay concealed-carry revolver, the Undercover, gets some swanky upgrades with a high-polish stainless finish and attractive wood grips. Everything you’d expect in a carry revolver is present—five shots, short barrel and fixed sights—but this one looks nice.
Chiappa Firearms Rhino 30DS OD Green Now offered with an olive-drab green finish, this unique revolver is designed to reduce recoil with its innovative firing system that ignites rounds at the bottom of the cylinder.
Colt Night Cobra For 2018, Colt’s latest iteration of its Cobra line of revolvers is the ideal companion for the concealed-carry licensee, thanks to its corrosion-resistant coating, tritium front sight and an elongated trigger guard allows use of gloves.
Kimber K6s CDP Putting the “C” in “CDP (Custom Defense Package) are upgrades like fancy stocks and a two-tone appearance, but don’t overlook the functional upgrades like night sights and a smooth, non-stacking trigger in the new CDP.
Ruger GP100 A shorter barrel isn’t all that the latest addition to Ruger’s popular GP100 line has to offer. Other practical concealed-carry-based options include a high-visibility front sight and an extra round of fight-stopping .357 Mag.
Taurus 692 Three calibers from one gun. That’s what the 692 offers. A simple swap of the included cylinders enables the user to switch from .38 Spl./.357 Mag. to 9 mm. It is also available with a stainless finish and/or a 6-inch barrel.
Caliber:.357 Mag. and 9 mm Capacity:7 rounds Barrel Length:3 inches Overall Length:8.2 inches Weight:35 ounces MSRP:$609 (800) 327-3776 taurususa.com
Taurus 856 Designed for everyday carry, the 856 is comfortable to shoot, thanks to its multi-textured grip, and affordable price. The simple, compact wheelgun is also offered in stainless steel.