When Smith & Wesson released its first, K-Frame, .38 caliber Hand Ejector model in 1899, it’s doubtful that anyone in Springfield thought the basic design would last for over a century. Continue reading “Evolutionary Improvements in S&W Revolvers”
Category: Revolver History
The Day America’s Love Affair with Criminals Ended . . .
. . . (at least in that era), Thanks to a Horrific Assault on Law and Order.
If you have studied the history of criminal justice in America, you may have noticed a pendulum effect where public approval of criminals and criminality appears to move from one extreme to the other.
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1986 FBI Miami Gunfight Anniversary
Today marks the 36th anniversary of the terrible 1986 gunfight between members of the FBI’s Miami C-1 Bank Robbery Squad, and a pair of violent bank and armored car robbers who were willing to fight to the death, rather than surrender. Continue reading “1986 FBI Miami Gunfight Anniversary”
It’s been 52 years since the pivotal Newhall Gunfight changed the landscape for police training, tactics, equipment and culture. Continue reading “Newhall Anniversary”
The Day a Crime Spree Ended in Hardy, Arkansas . . .
. . . Thanks To Two Brave Men, With a Rock and a .44 Special
The Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce (DJCC) is an organization of young professionals who are engaged in networking and community involvement. They have supported the city through numerous events and activities, since 1918.
One of the Chamber’s activities is especially dear to law enforcement and the law-abiding citizens they serve, because it memorializes the February 7, 1951 line-of-duty death of Dallas Police Department Officer Willis Wood “Johnny” Sides, who was slain just 21 days after graduating from the police academy, as fifth in his class. Continue reading “The Day a Crime Spree Ended in Hardy, Arkansas . . .”
All About The .38 Special +P and .38 Special +P+
The most common question about revolver ammunition right now is, “where can I find some?” The demand-induced shortage which began in 2020 is still very much with us, and finding some ammunition—of any sort, as long as it’s the right caliber—is foremost on the buyer’s mind.
However, when we’re not in the middle of an ammunition crisis, RevolverGuys can be more particular about choosing bullet weights, styles, brands and velocities. As they ponder the available choices out there, one of the most common questions that arises concerns the “+P” and “+P+” flavors of .38 Special ammunition. RevolverGuys—particularly new ones–will commonly ask, “can I shoot .38 Special +P (or +P+) ammo in my gun?”
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The S&W Model 12: An Airweight Classic
The Model 12 came to be as the Military & Police Airweight in the early 1950’s. Continue reading “The S&W Model 12: An Airweight Classic”
The Day the Bank in Yellville, Arkansas was NOT Robbed . . .
. . . thanks to a Los Angeles Police Department Detective Lieutenant.
Continue reading “The Day the Bank in Yellville, Arkansas was NOT Robbed . . .”
Photo Essay: Lawmen, Actors, and Gunleather
When gunleather designer and maker–and ace “Holstorian”–Red Nichols shared these images with RevolverGuy for our review of his magnificent book, we couldn’t use all of them in our story. They were too neat to scrap though, so we thought you’d enjoy seeing them in a standalone feature. Continue reading “Photo Essay: Lawmen, Actors, and Gunleather”
Book Review: Red Nichols and John Witty’s Holstory
This is a book review that is long overdue at RevolverGuy. Continue reading “Book Review: Red Nichols and John Witty’s Holstory”