March 1999

Airweight Revolvers: +P Power Versus .357 Magnum Punch

For compact power, choose Rugerís $443 Ruger SP101 KSP321 .357 Magnum. For ultra-lightweight performance, buy Smith & Wessonís new $499 S&W 342Ti Titanium .38 Special +P.

Terminology to describe lighter-framed concealable revolvers seems to be tracking changes in professional boxing. In the sweet science, no longer does a fighter compete merely as a bantamweight, middleweight or heavyweight. Now the prefixes light, for just under a given weight-class structure, and super, meaning a little heavier than a certain poundage range, are divvying up the match-ups so tightly that we may soon see 170-pound guys whacking only 171-pound opponents.

Likewise, in gun terms, we’re confronted with evermore descriptive language for heft, such as Air-Weight, Air-Lite, and Ultra-Light—most often labeling snubbies demanded by today’s CHL holder. These airy words are designed...

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