Compact 357s from Rossi, Rock Island Armory, and Colt

We match up three six-shot compact 357 Magnums, and we’d carry the Colt King Cobra if cost were not a factor. The Rossi 971 and RIA’s AL3.0 are good low- and mid-budget options, respectively.

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A reader recently asked if we could run a test of compact 357 Magnum revolvers to see if there was any significant difference in performance and handling with different barrel lengths. We procured three suitable compact revolvers for testing which included a new Colt King Cobra with a 3-inch barrel, a used Rossi Model 971 […]
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