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Smith & Wesson Governor .410, .45 ACP, .45 Colt Revolver 160410, $809

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Good feel, solid heft, nice trigger, and very nice patterning performance at close-quarter targets moved the S&W to the top of our list. We liked the way it pointed and how it could be quickly brought onto targets packing a variety of shotgun loads and two different handgun rounds.

Smith & Wesson Governor .410, .45 ACP, .45 Colt Revolver 160410, $809

Gun Details

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Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Overall Height
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double

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The textured synthetic grip of the Governor with comfortable finger grooves provided a solid and secure hold with no appreciable difference in felt recoil.
Having the capability of holding six shots, including a variety of shotgun shells and two handgun rounds, was a plus we could not ignore. In addition, as the cylinder cycled into battery, we noticed it was a solid, fine-tuned action each and every time.
A light-colored sight, rather that jet black, would have been a plus in our book, although we experienced limited difficulty with sight-to-target alignment on the close-quarters paper in our patterning tests.

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