New Revolvers for 2017

posted on May 1, 2017
The big fight for gun owners in 2016 was ensuring the Second Amendment had a firm supporter in the White House, and with the election of Donald Trump, that goal was achieved. Now, in 2017, gun owners are seeing the benefits of a friendly environment for the firearms world. In particular, a number of neat revolvers have been introduced this year, with some designed for concealed-carry use and others perfect for range or home-defense applications.

Take a look at the new revolvers we found on the market this year and see which one you'll add to your collection:

Charter Arms Blue Diamond
Charter Arms’ Blue Diamond revolver boasts a smooth, anodized blue frame with high-polish stainless steel barrel and cylinder. Three other models are available: Earthborn (matte black barrel and an earth-tone frame and cylinder), Gold Chic Lady (anodized gold frame with stainless steel barrel and cylinder) and Rosebud (rose gold frame with stainless steel barrel and cylinder).

Caliber: .38 Spl.
Cylinder Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 2 inches
Overall Length: 6.75 inches
Weight: 12 ounces
MSRP: $446
(866) 769-4867

Chiappa White Rhino
The Chiappa White Rhino features a new, distinctive look that is intended to look like actual rhinoceros hide through the use of Cerakote and laser-etching.

Caliber: .357 Mag.
Cylinder Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 6.7 inches
Weight: 27.2 ounces
MSRP: $1,465
(937) 835-5000

Colt Cobra
A new take on a classic snubby, this original six-shooter features a new linear leaf main-spring that ensures a smooth, consistent trigger pull. Enhanced grip and trigger ergonomics are compatible with a variety of hand sizes and still allow the use of gloves.

Caliber: .38 Spl.+P
Cylinder Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 2.1 inches
Overall Length: 7.25 inches
Weight: 25 ounces
MSRP: $699
(800) 962-2658

Kimber K6s DCR
Based on the original K6s, the lightest production six-shot .357 Mag. on the market, the DCR (Deluxe Carry Revolver) features a host of upgrades that improve on the already excellent ergonomics and aesthetics of the original. A fiber-optic front sight and match-grade trigger round out the performance of this fighting wheelgun.

Caliber: .357 Mag.
Cylinder Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 2 inches
Overall Length: 6.62 inches
Weight: 23 ounces
MSRP: $1,028
(888) 243-4522

Ruger GP100 .44 Spl.
Ruger’s renowned mid-size revolver has always held a special place in the hearts of wheelgun fans. The latest puts “Skeeter” Skelton’s favorite cartridge, the .44 Spl. in a size more conducive for carry. See page 100 for a full review.

Caliber: .44 Spl.
Cylinder Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 8.50 inches
Weight: 36 ounces
MSRP: $829
(336) 949-5200

Smith & Wesson Model 629 Deluxe
Few handguns are as iconic as the Smith & Wesson Model 29, and the 629 is the stainless version of the “most powerful handgun in the world.” The deluxe version–also available with a 6.5-inch barrel—brings refinements and upgrades to the fire-breathing beast.

Caliber: .44 Mag.
Cylinder Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 8.63 inches
Weight: 39.6 ounces
MSRP: $999
(800) 331-0852

Smith & Wesson Model 686 Plus 3-5-7 series
Aimed squarely at the .357 Mag. aficionado, the 3-5-7 series is a group of mid-size revolvers (3- and 7-inch-barrel versions are also available) offered with unique touches and improvements sure to be worthy collectibles in the future.

Caliber: .357 Mag.
Cylinder Capacity: 7 rounds
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.25 inches
Weight: 36.8 ounces
MSRP: $899
(800) 331-0852


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