April 2000

Four-Inch .357 Mag. Revolvers: Enduring Choices for Car or Carry

But which one is best? We put five to the test: the simple and affordable Ruger GP100, a Coltís Python, S&Wís seven-shot 686-5, Taurusís seven-shot 66SS4, or Taurusís new Tracker?

[IMGCAP(1)] Whatever happened to the old 4-inch service revolver? Take a look around and you will see they’re on the hips of many uniformed police officers. Yes, the majority of peace officers today do carry the semi-automatic, but take part in your own survey and you will be surprised to find out how many rely on a 4-inch wheelgun.

The reasons for this gun’s popularity as a duty weapon for officers or, correspondingly, as a personal self-defense gun for citizens are manifold. The revolver offers an on-demand choice of single or double action, it will run reliably on any load strength, and the .357 Magnum guns will also shoot cheaper .38 Special rounds to boot, mixing power and affordabil...

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