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.