July 1999

Big Bore Ultra-Light Revolvers: The Ultimate Carry Answer?

Five-shot .44 Specials from Taurus and Smith & Wesson pack more punch—on both ends of the gun. We find that there’s a limit to how much power the concealed-carry shooter can absorb.

Faced with deciding which is the best handgun caliber or action design for self-defense, the traditional answer was once to carry the biggest gun you could handle. Then, in the age of concealed-carry permits, the answer increasingly has become carry the biggest gun you can conceal. Now enter downsizing. The conventional carry wisdom now reads the best gun is the one you have with you.

However, to take advantage of the latest philosophy, your carry gun needs to be wearable, and bearable at that. Reducing the weight of guns to make continuous carry livable is the reason ultra-light titanium has been adapted to handgun construction. Wheel guns built wholly or in part with titanium are now av...

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