|My S&W Model 60, in its home away from gun-safe.|
In no particular order:
For Big Bore Fans:
Prefer your bullets to move slow and make huge holes? You'll love the Charter Arms Bulldog. Five shots of .44 special in a double action, concealable package with a variety of options from blued or stainless, with or without hammer, and more. I prefer the stainless DAO model for rugged concealment. Wonder why I didn't pick the Judge or Governor instead? See below.*
For the Techno-Minded:
|S&W M&P340 CT. "We's using code words."|
For the K.I.S.S. Crowd:
Simple is as simple does, and that usually means it works. Keep it simple with either of these basic carry pieces. The Smith & Wesson Model 60 (also see my Favorite Firearms article here) and the Ruger SP101, both being low maintenance stainless steel, five-shot, two-inch barrel .357mag stand-outs with three-finger grips and comfortable handling, tie for the lead of this category.
For Old-School Cowboy Types:
When it comes to old school, nothing says, "I'm yer huckleberry" like a single action revolver. If you're practiced enough, you can be effective with one. Just look at the "wild west." I don't think they had Glocks and Sigs in Tombstone, do you? If this is your thing, have a look at the Heritage Mfg. .32H&R Magnum. Birds head grip and 3.5" barrel for easier concealability. (See what Jason has to say about his Heritage 22 convertible here.)
|The Cimarron Lightning 3.5" Bird's Head .38spl.|
Winner of the prettiest gun in this list.
For the Budget Minded:
For years now, Taurus has given us many good handguns to choose from, at attractive price points. They continue the tradition with the venerable Model 85. .38special, +P rated, no frills, blued, five-shot snubby.
|The very light, partially plastic, Ruger LCR in .22WMR.|
Smaller is better sometimes. If you have a physical disability, or if you're simply recoil shy, there are still some good options out there that will serve a damn sight better than calling 911. Consider the Ruger LCR in .22mag! As we know from Dave's article "22's and Monster Stew," a .22 WMR will decapitate squirrels and dispatch coyotes. It'll also serve better than a .22LR for defending yourself against two legged critters.
For Pockets Full of Fun:
|The NAA PUG. Ain't it cute?|
From the Craziest Thing I've Seen Lately File:
Is it a revolver or a wild animal? I'm not sure, but it's kind of funky cool. The Chiappa Firearms Rhino with it's 2" low slung barrel, flat sided cylinder (figure that one out), and odd grip requirements intrigue me. But, only in .357mag. If I wanted to shoot .40S&W with moon clips I'd get something with a slide, right? This is the one I haven't touched before. But it's so weird that I think I like it.
|Seriously, what is that? Innovation, my boy. Innovation.|
*I don't like the Judge or Governor. They're ugly, and they drove up the price of .45Colt ammo for no good reason, making it expensive to shoot my 1873 Cattleman.
Don't agree with my list? Have better ideas? Comment below. I'd love to hear your thoughts and discuss it!