Shorter barrels are much easier to carry, but what are you giving up when trouble starts?
.357 Mag. Federal Low Recoil Personal Defense 130-grain Hydra-Shok
The Hydra-Shok is a fantastic bullet. Learn how it performs in the equally legendary caliber—the .357 Mag.
Smith and Wesson Combat Magnum
In the summer of 1954, at the Camp Perry Matches, Carl Hellstrom, president of Smith & Wesson, collared an extraordinary tall pistol competitor who happened to be with the U.S. Border Patrol and picked his brain as to what the lawman/pistol competitor would like to see in a duty revolver.
Taurus Model 605
At the first glance, the Model 605 B2 reveals key K.I.S.S. characteristics. Marketed in the small revolver line, the high-luster blued Model 605 B2 is not Taurus' smallest revolver, but weighing 24 ounces and measuring 6 1/2 inches long and slightly more than 4 3/4 inches tall, it makes for an easy carry option.
"Snubby"is a term that has crept into the shooter's lexicon to identify those revolvers with exceptionally short barrels. There is no sound reason why anyone would want to abbreviate a handgun barrel to a degree that would interfere with the gun's ballistic performance, unless they want to create a revolver that is easier to conceal in most clothing.
Ruger .357 Maximum
Many of us handgunners began our centerfire career with the original Ruger Blackhawk. The new Maximum featured a longer cylinder than earlier guns, with a frame sized appropriately for the stretched cartridge and cylinder.
The Name Game
You gotta admit, .357 Magnum has a ring to it. How could a cartridge with that name be anything less than magnificent?
The Ruger LCR Today
There have been some dynamic events in the world of compact (or snub-nose) revolvers.