The Drifter is similar to an original Colt SAA revolver except for the barrel and the mechanism. The barrel on the Drifter is octagonal, not round. It also uses a retractable firing pin, allowing a user to safely carry it fully loaded.
In 1870, the U.S. Army adopted the Model 3 revolver, making it the first standard-issue metallic-cartridge-firing revolver in U.S. service. Army Major George W. Schofield suggested some changes to the Model 3, and S&W called the improved gun the Schofield revolver.
Out of the box, the Colt SAA looked sexy with a deeply blued barrel and cylinder and case-hardened frame. The black-polymer double eagle grips were well fitted, and the balance in hand is excellent.
The Remington Model 1875 was late to the party and to the Government contract. The military already awarded Colt the lion’s share of the contract, but they did buy a few Remingtons for Native American reservation police.
The Model 66 Combat Magnum was introduced in 1971 and produced until 2005, when it was discontinued. It went through seven design changes during that time.
Our expectations were high for the Czech-made AL3.1, having tested the AL3.0 in the May 2020 issue. The matte-stainless finish was okay.
Ruger and Talo Distributors teamed up to create this variant of the GP100, which features a 2.5-inch barrel, compact grip, green fiber-optic front sight, and adjustable rear sight. In hand, this GP100 weighs in at 36 ounces unloaded.
One of the newer members of Colt’s snake-gun line is the King Cobra Target. We reviewed the King Cobra in 2020 and thought it was a good option for EDC, giving it an A rating. The
The Security-Six debuted in 1972 and was Ruger’s first DA/SA revolver. It spawned a number of models, including the Service-Six and Speed-Six. About 1.5 million Security-Six models were built and used by various LE agencies
The DASA 4-inch Target shares the same frame as the snubnose iterations of K6s and the same traits: slab-side cylinder, flat-bottom trigger guard, and high grip.
We did not seek out a nickel-plated revolver, but the opportunity was there, and the price was fair. We learned that during times of shortage, shops that seldom stock single-action revolvers now have two or three.
Taylor’s lists the revolver at $587 for the standard version and $784 for the tuned version. Current retail is a bit higher in most shops, and we had to pay $625 for our example.