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Traditions 1873 Rawhide Rancher PVC SAT73-22250 22 LR

Gun Tests Grade: A- $229 When we first looked at Tradition’s 22 revolvers, we discovered the previous 22 single-action was discontinued in favor of the version illustrated. It should be noted that the Italian gun makers often offer widely differing variations on the same basic revolver. A centerfire single-action revolver with a brass frame for […]

Heritage Rough Rider RR22MB6 Combo 22 LR/22 WMR

Gun Tests Grade: A (Best Buy) $250 This Rough Rider is readily available at many outlets, usually the 45⁄8-inch-barrel version with only the 22 LR cylinder. The revolver illustrated , however, was supplied with a 22 Magnum cylinder. We found it new on the shelf and went with it. The cylinder was handy and available […]

Ruger Wrangler No. 2004 22 LR

Gun Tests Grade: A- $250 The Wrangler revolver illustrated is one of three cerakote finishes available. We tested the No. 2003 version in the June 2020 issue. Ruger designed the Wrangler around the Ruger Single Six in dimensions. The grips are the same, and the Wrangler will fit Ruger Single Six holsters. The Ruger Wrangler […]

Chiappa 1873 No. 340.250 22 LR

Gun Tests Grade: C $185 The Chiappa single-action revolver features a 10-shot cylinder. It is larger than two of the other revolvers tested because the Chiappa 1873 is closer to the Colt Single Action/Ruger New Vaquero frame size. Because the revolver is constructed of non-ferrous alloys, it remains light for the size. The Chiappa, then, […]

Smith & Wesson Model 351 PD 160228 22 WMR

Gun Tests Grade: A $766 In our opinion, the Smith & Wesson Model 351 PD is highest on this 22 WMR revolver food chain. It offers good sights, light weight, a nice grip, and good accuracy. Of course, it also carries a heavy price tag. The 351 PD is built on S&W’s J-frame, and it […]

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 […]

Miller v. Bonta Decision

Click the link below to see the entire Miller v. Bonta decision referenced in the August 2021 Downrange editorial. gov.uscourts.casd.642089.115.0_1