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Pocket Revolvers

Typical Pocket Revolver

For many years, the pocket revolver was the only gun being made specifically for the purpose of pocket concealed carry. The technology to create semi-automatic pistols that were small enough was long in coming and when it did arrive, the guns were prone to breakage. Ammunition was continually scaled down with the result being that the guns were considered by many to lack the amount of penetrating power needed to be considered a reliable, man-stopping round.

The pocket revolver never had this problem. The simplicity of the design allowed gun manufacturers to take guns from their existing service revolver lineups and size them down significantly by shortening the barrel and frame size. Doing the same thing on a semi-auto often causes the action of the gun to become unreliable without generous engineering changes to account for a shorter barrel and recoil spring. None of these issues come up with the wheel gun and thus high quality pocket revolvers have been available for years.

Another advantage that these guns have is their ability to be produced at relatively low cost. Many social experts felt that these guns were actuall too affordable as they became increasingly associated with illegal criminal use. The perjoritive term “Saturday Night Special” was soon coined to reference this perceived problem and quickly came into popular use by the anti-gun press. Lynyrd Skynyrd even entitled a song after the term.

Regardless of the negative imagery that the anti-gun community would like to permanently attach to the pocket revolver, the truth is that these guns are excellent at what they do. They provide a viable self-defense weapon that can be easily carried and concealed, it requires very few changes to lifestyle and clothing choice in order to carry consistently, and it is one of the most affordable handguns available.

The newest pocket revolvers that have been reviewed are displayed below. If you would like to see a complete list of all the guns that have been reviewed you can find a link at the bottom of this page that will take you to an alphabatised index and if you are looking for a review on one gun in particular, you can use the search box at the top.

Newest Pocket Revolvers Reviewed


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

The Titanium version of the Taurus Model 85 pocket revolver sheds nearly half the weight of the stainless steel original without sacrificing strength and reliability. Features a 5-shot capacity, single-action/double-action trigger setups, rubber combat grips, an integral safety system, and the ability to handle .38 Special +P ammo.

2 Reviews


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

This alloy framed Ultra-Lite version of the famous line of Taurus Model 85 pocket revolvers shaves off almost 25% of the base weight in an attempt to make the gun easier to carry in the pocket and ankle. 5 Round capacity, 2″ Barrel, and other features remain the same as the original.

13 Reviews


Taurus Model 85 Pocket Revolver Taurus Model 85 Pocket Revolver
Performance4.54.54.54.54.5
Durability4.254.254.254.254.25
Concealability4.254.254.254.254.25
Overall Value4.754.754.754.754.75

While weighing a few ounces more than its Ultra-Lite brethren, the Taurus Model 85 is still a fast drawing pocket revolver that serves its purpose very well. Comes with a 5-shot capacity cylinder in .38 Special (most are +P rated) matched to a steel frame and a Single-Action/Double-Action trigger.

6 Reviews


Smith & Wesson Model 442 Pocket Revolver Smith & Wesson Model 442 Pocket Revolver
Performance44444
Durability55555
Concealability55555
Overall Value55555

This small double-action-only J-Frame revolver is chambered for .38 Special. Both the aluminum frame and steel chamber are finished in black. The gun holds 5 rounds and the chambers can be loaded manually or in series with the aid of moon clips. This gun is known for its effectiveness as a backup gun as well as a concealed carry piece.

4 Reviews


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