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Long before semi-automatic pistols came on the scene the revolver was the sidearm of choice for law enforcement, military, and civilian use. The revolvers produced today are precision machines that rival any automatic for accuracy and reliability. Where these guns fall short in ammo capacity they often make up for it with power. Pistols are not shooting the ultra-powerful .500 S&W Magnum rounds nor are they able to handle a .410 shotgun shell, but there are revolvers purpose built to do just that.

Revolvers are typically categorized by the two major factors the determine how they operate. The first is whether the gun is Single-Action/Double-Action or Single-Action Only. The second concerns how the gun is loaded. Most modern revolvers feature a swing out cylinder that allows access to all of the chambers at the same time when loading or unloading the gun. This feature was not always as common as it is today though, and revolvers as a whole went through an evolutionary process where they transitioned from being little more than a front-loaded repeater, to a fixed cylinder design which allowed one round to be loaded at a time, and then to a top-break method of reloading before the swinging cylinder came on the scene.

Here at Gun Review Spot our primary focus is providing reviews for guns that are in continuous use and for which people all over the world are seeking information that they use in deciding whether or not to purchase a particular revolver or not. To that end we’ve organized the reviews for these guns into the following categories:

1) Service Revolvers – by far the most common type available, the service revolver typically has a cylinder that allows for five or six shots. The types of ammunition used in these guns tends to start in the range of a .38 Special and go up from there. Barrel lengths average about 4″ to 5″ but are not often longer than that. This style of gun comprised the majority of standard issue sidearms for both police and military units for well over 100 years. Very few military units still issue a revolver to their troops, but these guns are still sold in large numbers on the civilian market where they are bought primarily for home defense and target shooting.

2) Pocket Revolvers – up until recently, revolvers were the only handguns that were considered reliable enough to be carried in the pocket. Small frame revolvers pretty much dominated the pocket gun category until the late 1980′s when improvements in both handgun and ammunition technology allowed semi-automatic gun to creep onto the scene. These handguns typically feature a very short barrel and a limited shot capacity which is the natural tradeoff when designing a gun that has an overall footprint smaller than the shooters hand.

3) High Powered Revolvers – some guns are designed for raw power and if you are looking for a hand cannon then you’ll have to turn to a revolver. The enhanced strength that is an integral feature of the revolvers multi-chamber cylinder lends itself exceptionally well to hot-loaded ammunition. These guns are often used for hunting big game as well as a defensive weapon for those traveling in bear country. The .44 Magnum is considered by many to be the original “power” round and most of the revolvers that fall into this category are found to be shooting the .44 or larger.

Below you will find the most recent revolvers that have been reviewed. At the bottom of this page is a link to a complete index of all revolver reviews which are organized alphabetically. You can also narrow the reviews down by sub-category by using the links at the top of the list.

Revolver Reviews


Smith & Wesson S&W500 8″ Hunting Revolver Smith & Wesson S&W500 8″ Hunting Revolver
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability33333
Overall Value55555

By the year 2000 it seemed that the revolver world had grown a bit stale. Sure, there were plenty go good revolvers being sold and millions of people worldwide used them for both home defense and concealed carry, but there was not a significant level of core innovation going on. The .454 Casull was the last cartridge to make serious splash in the... [Read more of this review]


Taurus Model 444 Raging Bull Revolver Taurus Model 444 Raging Bull Revolver
PerformanceNo Ratings
DurabilityNo Ratings
ConcealabilityNo Ratings
Overall ValueNo Ratings

The Model 444 Raging Bull from Taurus is a high-powered revolver chambered in .44 Magnum. The company manufacturers the guns wholly in Brazil and sells them primarily in the United States where they are touted as hunting handguns because of their extraordinary stopping power. The guns are built on a large frame which, along with the barrel, has received... [Read more of this review]


Taurus Model 85 Titanium Pocket Revolver Taurus Model 85 Titanium Pocket Revolver
Performance55555
Durability3.53.53.53.53.5
Concealability55555
Overall Value4.54.54.54.54.5

One of the never ending quests that pocket revolver designers find themselves engaged is in regards to finding new ways to create a lighter gun. Decreasing weight is not as simple as shaving off metal because functional integrity quickly begins to fail. The Taurus looks solves this conundrum in its Model 85 Ultra-Lite Titanium. With the frame forged... [Read more of this review]


Smith & Wesson 686 Service Revolver Smith & Wesson 686 Service Revolver
Performance4.84.84.84.84.8
Durability4.84.84.84.84.8
Concealability3.83.83.83.83.8
Overall Value55555

For years the Smith & Wesson 686 appeared to be the very definition of the term “service revolver”. First introduced in 1980 as a six-shot revolver chambered in .357 Magnum, the gun has gone through an evolution that has included the adaptation to four different barrel lengths as well as the expansion to a seven-shot cylinder and the inclusion... [Read more of this review]


Colt Anaconda .44 Revolver Colt Anaconda .44 Revolver
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability22222
Overall Value55555

The Colt Anaconda high powered revolver was the company’s response to other manufacturers successful production runs of large-bore revolvers chambered for the .44 Magnum cartridge. When first introduced in 1990, the Anaconda came built on Colt’s new AA frame. While the gun as a whole closely resembles the Colt Python line of service revolvers,... [Read more of this review]


Taurus Model 85 Ultra-Lite Pocket Revolver Taurus Model 85 Ultra-Lite Pocket Revolver
Performance4.914.914.914.914.91
Durability4.824.824.824.824.82
Concealability4.364.364.364.364.36
Overall Value4.914.914.914.914.91

The Model 85 Ultra-Lite takes all of the features of the original and, by cutting down on weight, makes it even easier to carry. A major difference that separates this gun from it’s weightier brethren is that it utilizes an aluminum Ultra-Lite frame. Regardless of this fact the gun is still rated to carry .38 Special +P ammo all day. This pocket... [Read more of this review]


Taurus Model 65 Service Revolver Taurus Model 65 Service Revolver
Performance55555
Durability55555
Concealability3.53.53.53.53.5
Overall Value55555

The Taurus Model 65 service revolver is a mainstay in the company’s .357 Magnum lineup. Many will attest that the all-steel construction of this medium frame gun has been put through the paces over the years and has come out shinning in the end. The Model 65 has all the elements present in a traditional service revolver; a 4″ barrel, 6-shot... [Read more of this review]


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