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Byproduct of a Bad-Ass, Pistol-Packing Irishman

To help pass the time until my U.N.C.L.E. carbine returns, I thought I'd treat you all to a sneak peak of a feature I'm been working on for Shooting Illustrated involving another pistol near and dear to me—the Colt Fitz Special.

A Special "Fitz"

The recent publication of my feature, "Perfect Fitz" in the January, 2010 issue of "Shooting Illustrated" was quite a thrill. I wrote the article several years ago—while still working in NRA Member Services—with the goal of having it published in one of NRA publications.

Perfect Fitz

The modifications J.H. FitzGerald made to wheelguns more than 80 years ago paved the way for the modern snub-nose revolver.

Snubby Ballistics

Shorter barrels are much easier to carry, but what are you giving up when trouble starts?

.38 Spl. Winchester 110-grain Silver Tip (2- and 4-inch barrels)

Our expert tests this popular self-defense load in revolvers with two different barrel lengths.

Snub-Nose Training Tips

Snub-nose revolvers are popular concealed-carry firearms, but they are notoriously difficult to shoot accurately. Here are some ways to improve your snubby techniques for self-defense.

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 Ballistics

"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.

Taurus 856 Hylite

At first glance, the Taurus 856 is not much different than its Model 85 mainstay concealed-carry revolver. The 856 is a small-frame, short-barreled revolver with external hammer, permitting single- or double-action fire.

Ruger LCR

The Ruger LCR is an interesting blend of features and materials from the world of handguns and is ideal for concealed carry.

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