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Smith & Wesson Model 66 10061 357 Magnum

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.

Rock Island Armory AL3.1 3520S 357 Magnum

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 GP100 Model 1790 357 Magnum

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.

Colt King Cobra Target Model KCOBRA-SB4TS 38 Special/357 Magnum

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

Ruger Security-Six 38 Special/357 Magnum

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

Kimber K6s Model DASA 4-Inch Target 3400031 38 Special 357 Magnum

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.

Taylor’s & Company 1858 Remington Conversion 45 Colt

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 & Company Devil Anse RC1/555161 45 Colt

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.

Cimarron Model No. 3 Schofield Wells Fargo CA850 45 Colt

This is a storied revolver. The Smith & Wesson top-break revolvers were an alternative to the Colt Single Action Army. They offered a top-break system that ejected all spent cases automatically and was much easier to load quickly.

Colt MK V Peacekeeper 357 Magnum

We located this 6-inch-barrel Peacekeeper in a pawn shop. The revolver shows very little wear and seems in good condition. The Colt MK V was introduced in 1986 as an improvement over the Colt MK III Trooper series.

Ruger GP100 No. 1707 357 Magnum

We purchased this revolver a year ago in anticipation of accumulating four revolvers for testing.

Colt Python PYTHON-SP6WTS 357 Magnum

The 42-ounce heavy underlugged Python is a distinctive revolver. The stainless-steel finish is good, without any flaw. The cut of the cylinder and ejector rod differs from the original in a pleasant modern fashion.

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