August 1999

Revolvers in .32 H&R Magnum: Tiny Packages With Plenty of Pop

Sturm Ruger and MagSafe blast a niche for themselves in the concealment handgun market. But pass on wheelguns from Smith & Wesson and New England Firearms.

It has been our belief that there are enough different calibers and types of handguns currently on the market to satisfy the security needs of just about anybody. As an example, on the periphery cartridges such as the .32 have survived in unusual niches, in one case as a target round in guns such as the Walther GSP, built specifically for International Rapid-Fire competition. So the inquiring shooter has to wonder why he needs another .32, the H&R Magnum, as a carry gun when the venerable .38 Special is around as an effective mainstay.

One answer: Capacity. Downsizing and the use of featherweight materials have lead to the creation of S&W’s 342Ti, the first and arguably the most successfu...

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