Revolvers for Concealed Carry & Personal Defense

A Little History

The handheld revolver has a history dating back to the 1600’s. Around the mid 1830’s, Samuel Colt  was granted patents for a mechanically operated revolver. This allowed him to create a revolver which spun the cylinder mechanically, utilizing the hammer and a pawl. This was a major milestone for what will eventually be the modern revolver. Other notable milestones include these revolvers:

  • Colt Dragoon (1850): “Single Action” revolver utilizing the hammer to mechanically advance the cylinder with a pawl.
  • Smith & Wesson No. 1 (1860): Had a manually operated cylinder (due to Colt’s patents), but it used a .22 rimfire cartridge, instead of a cap and ball.
  • Colt Single Action Army (1873): One of the most recognized, single-action revolvers and still cloned by many manufacturers today. The SAA was a gate loaded, cartridge revolver chambered for .45 Colt.
  • Colt New Army & Navy (1892): First commercially successful swing-out cylinder revolver.


A Resurgence in 10mm? Sig Sauer and Glock’s New 10mm Pistols

Did the Glock 40 MOS and Sig P220 make the 10mm Auto cool again?

10mm 357

10mm Auto & .357 magnum

With new choices from Glock and Sig Sauer, has the 10mm Auto round become cool again? The Glock 40 MOS sports a 6-inch barrel with their Modular Optic System.  Sig Sauer’s four offerings will be based off the P220 platform, all with 5-inch barrels.


Initial Impressions Review: Heckler & Koch’s VP9 and the FNH’s FNS-9 Long Slide

Initial Impressions of the H&K VP9 and the FNS-9 Long Slide



Looks like all the major firearms manufacturers are getting into the striker fired game, just like they’ve got into the long slide, red-dot sight cut competition pistol game. Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to put some rounds downrange with the VP9 and the FNS-9 Long Slide.  Neither of these pistols are that new, but they are new to me.