June 1998

Colt DS-II Tops Other Six-Shot .38 Special Revolvers

The Colt was more compact and ejected better than the Smith & Wesson Model 64-4 or the European American Armory Windicator.

Thirty-eight snub-nose. The phrase brings to mind old detective stories with sinister characters, clever plots and strange intrigues from the pens of Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie and Mickey Spillane. One can’t help but think of Joe Friday on Dragnet, Cannon the fat man, and a host of other characters, some fictional, some real, all of whom used a snub-nose .38 to good—or other—purpose. The .38 snubbie might be considered an icon but, romance aside, the gun type is something of an anomaly. It suggests a hide-out gun, yet they’re not the easiest guns to conceal. Also, if you want to hit something, you’d think a longer barrel would be preferred. However, there’s another name for them: bell...

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