September 2002

Ported Versus Nonported Revolvers: Which Is the Smarter Buy for You?

We pit a trio of “compensated” snub-nosed .357 Magnum, .38 Special, and .44 Special revolvers against the same guns with plain barrels and find bullet weight is the biggest variable.

With so many new compact and subcompact semi-automatic pistols on the scene, we are not hearing as much about the snub-nosed revolver as we used to. A snubbie is generally defined as a revolver with a barrel length of 3 inches or less, and, traditionally, this term is applied to smaller-framed guns.

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