Welcome to RevolverGuy.com! I am Justin, and I started this site with the idea of sharing my enthusiasm for revolvers. I am a man who loves wheelguns, pure and simple. For over a dozen years I was trained on and carried semi-automatic handguns on duty, including the Beretta M9, 1911A1, and the Glock 17 and 19. Since I no longer make my living with a gun I can pursue what interests me. One of those major interests is, and always has been, revolvers. I have owned some form of Smith & Wesson revolver for the last 15 years, but only recently did I start to give them the attention they deserved. And I like to write, so here I am. I have also written for GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner, and am currently a contributor on the Lucky Gunner Lounge.
What I’m Not: First of all, I’m not in my 60’s or 70’s. Actually, I’m not even in my 40’s yet. I’m not an expert or world champion shooter. I’m not a guy that owns three dozen revolvers, and this isn’t a industry micro-blog. I’m just a dude with a limited budget like everyone else, so this won’t, unfortunately, be the gun-of-the-month club.
I am on a journey, and I will share as much about it with you as I can. This blog will cover revolvers. It will also cover ammunition, books about revolvers, holsters, speed loaders, and other miscellanea as I see fit. It might cover some techniques and some of my struggles adapting to a brand new platform. I may even talk about some things that have very little to do with revolvers. Things like carbines, cocktails, safety razors, dogs…who knows. The point is, I’m just a dude that likes revolvers.
Other Revolver Guys: Since I am merely “A” revolver guy, not “the” revolver guy, some other revolver guys might write on here from time to time. If you’re a revolver guy with something to say, get at me. Below are some other revolver guys that have written good stuff here.
About Mike Wood
Mike Wood is a fellow “Revolver Guy” too. He grew up as the son of a 30 year California Highway Patrolman, who was the lead firearms instructor for his assigned area of the state. As kids, Mike and his brother spent their formative years policing brass, posting and scoring targets, issuing ammo and bumming around on police ranges back before liability lawyers made those things impossible. They had a front row seat to police firearms training in the 70s and 80s, and grew up shooting revolvers in the era when they were still King in policework.
Mike’s dad was a Colt man, but a handful of negative experiences with poor quality control (in the era of the UAW strike and the following bankruptcy) under the Blue Dome in Hartford turned Mike into a Smith & Wesson guy pretty early. His first revolver was actually a Ruger Single Six, though, and he has a fondness for that brand, too.
- Made sure to “reload” after six shots when he played “cops and robbers” as a kid;
- Wouldn’t play the game if he had to be the “robber,” and turned it into “cowboys and Indians” (either one was fine with him) instead;
- Is happy he shot the Model 15 in the Air Force before the M9 replaced it, and prays the CMP will find a cache of them someday;
- Still holds a bit of a grudge over the 2000 S&W-HUD agreement (damned Brits!);
- Thinks internal locks in sideplates are a crime against humanity, and prays that Smith & Wesson will eventually come to their senses and make them optional, instead of standard;
- Thinks .410 shells are for long guns, not revolvers;
- Wishes he had kept that first-run King Cobra with the endshake problem, instead of selling it;
- Thinks it’s false advertising to sell a “Classic” line with internal locks and MIM parts;
- Hates cleaning his 10-round Model 617 but is grateful that at least he doesn’t have to figure out how to reassemble a Ruger Mark I, II, or III;
- Is absolutely thrilled to see Colt is back in the revolver biz, but can’t figure out why the new “Cobra” has a stainless steel frame, not aluminum (is there no loyalty to tradition?);
- Is always on the hunt for a 3″, round butt, Model 13 in good condition;
- Knows what the four clicks spell out, on a Model P;
- Thinks the K-Frame was built for his hand;
- Remembers when revolvers came from the factory with wood grips and we immediately replaced them with rubber, but now replaces the factory rubber grips with wood;
- Swears that J-Frame sights have been shrinking for about ten years now;
- Would be tickled pink to own an Official Police or Officer’s Model;
- Fondly remembers his visits to John Bianchi’s short-lived, but magnificent, Frontier Museum;
- Wants Bill Jordan canonized for his creative role in developing the Model 19;
- Thinks Ruger should bring back the Security Six in a “Classic” line;
- Teethed on spent .38 brass as a toddler, and doesn’t think the lead residue affected him . . . much.