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Taurus Model 942 2-942M029 22 WMR

Gun Tests Grade: B $309 The 942 is built on Taurus’s small revolver frame, similar to a S&W J-frame. Metal work was excellent, and the matte-stainless frame and barrel contrasted nicely with the chrome thumb piece, hammer, and trigger. In hand, this was a heavy subcompact revolver at 28.4 ounces loaded. It’s okay to drop […]

Ruger Model LCRx 5439 22 WMR

Gun Tests Grade: A- $599 In the middle of the 22 WMR snubnose food chain is the Ruger LCRx. We have tested the LCRx platform in other calibers in past issues and gave the 357 Magnum variant an A- grade. Ruger’s LCR model has an enclosed hammer, while the LCRx has an exposed hammer spur […]

Taurus Tracker 692 Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- $705 Next up is the Tracker 692, which costs $200 more than the RIA and offers the most versatility of any the revolvers in this match up because of it multi-caliber capability. The 692 fires 38 Special and 357 Magnums with one cylinder and 9mm with a second cylinder. A button […]

Rock Island Armory AL9.0 Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $599 The AL9.0 is imported by RIA from Czech Point, the U.S. location for Czech Small Arms located in Czech Republic. We tested a 357 Magnum version last year and found it to be a capable and accurate revolver. The same can be said with the AL9.0 9mm variant. The AL9.0 […]

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 986

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $1129 Nearly double the cost of the RIA, and a step up in performance, is the S&W 986. The 986 comes out of S&W’s Performance Shop, and it looks and performs like S&W took some thought about creating a 9mm revolver. The 968 is built on S&W’s L-frame, which was originally […]

Colt Python (2020) PYTHON-SP6WTS 357 Magnum Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $1800 The new 6-inch Python has all the same attributes as the 4.25-inch model. No need to repeat except to say the trigger was also superb. The DA pull was 9.7 pounds, and the SA pull measured 5.8 pounds. The extra heft of the 6-incher makes it more forgiving with less […]

Colt Python (1980) 357 Magnum Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $~2500 This original Python was manufactured in 1980, and the blue finish was in 85% condition. It did have aftermarket Hogue grips, which reduces the collector value, but increases shooter comfort. Regardless, the blue finish was beautifully executed. We liked having the chance to examine another original Python two decades newer […]

Colt Python (2020) PYTHON-SP4WTS 357 Magnum Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $1300 The new 4.25-inch-barrel Python comes in a hard plastic box with a lock and a packet sample of oil. We wish it came with an optional rubber grip. Originals had a 4-inch barrel, but to accommodate Canadian regulations, Colt opted for a 4.25-inch barrel in the 2020 model. In hand, […]

Colt Python (1964) 357 Magnum Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- $1800 Our 1964 Python was used and sure looked like it. This revolver had been rode hard and put away wet, but we wouldn’t detract points for cosmetics unless function was somehow compromised. The Royal Blue finish was worn off in areas from holster wear. The backstrap had a patina on […]

2020 Guns & Gear Top Picks

Toward the end of each year, I survey the work R.K. Campbell, Roger Eckstine, Robert Sadowski, David Tannahill, Tracey Taylor, and John Taylor have done in Gun Tests, with an eye toward selecting guns, accessories, and ammunition the magazine’s testers have endorsed. From these evaluations I pick the best from a full year’s worth of […]

Smith & Wesson Model 610 12462 10mm Auto

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $859 We wonder if, perhaps, the most commonly carried revolver of all time hasn’t been one of the small, J-Frame Smith & Wesson revolvers. Frequently chambered in 38 Special, with 1.875- to 3-inch barrels, these little pistols make a great self-defense or backup pistol. But we wouldn’t want to have to […]

Success with the Legend Round

Re “350 Legend Bolt-Actions from Winchester, Savage, and Ruger,” July 2020 I purchased a Ruger American Ranch Rifle in 350 Legend and used it last deer season. I shot a buck at about 40 yards using Hornady’s 170-grain round, and it really brought him down with just one shot. Also, used it on a coyote […]

Gun Takeaway Sweepstakes

If you have read this space for the last couple of issues, you’ll recall that I’ve asked what my fellow gun owners believe would...