A Gun to Ride the River With: The Smith & Wesson 686

Many of the guns I have purchased have been done so with the idea of being the “last rifle” or “last pistol” I’ll ever need to buy. Of course this never actually works out in practice – something new comes along and I catch the bug. Once in a while, though, I find something that is pretty much perfect as-is, and it endures. An example of this phenomenon: the venerable Smith & Wesson 686. It is my One if I could have only one, my hell or high-water sixgun, my “gun to ride the river with.” Continue reading “A Gun to Ride the River With: The Smith & Wesson 686”

Apex Duty-Carry Spring Kit Review

When I initally pulled my 640 Pro Series out of the box I was in love. That feeling only lasted until the first time I pulled the trigger. Even though this is a Pro Series gun, the trigger was abysmal (read: about average for a J-Frame). Attempting to test its weight on my Lyman trigger pull gauge was futile. I received the dreaded “overload” message; the trigger pull exceeded the gauge’s 12-lb capacity. Needing badly to lighten it, I purchased the Apex Duty-Carry Spring Kit from Apex Tactical Specialties.

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Smith and Wesson 640 Pro Series Review Part II

In Part I of my review of the S&W 640 Pro Series I covered its features. In Part II I am going to discuss the 640 Pro from a shooting and packing perspective. If you read Part I you already know I’ve carried this gun daily for over a year, so there’s not much suspense about what my conclusion is. Read on to find out why I like it. Continue reading “Smith and Wesson 640 Pro Series Review Part II”

VZ Grips Tactical Diamonds for J-Frames

Replacement stocks are on one of the most common modifications made to revolvers. Because it doesn’t store ammunition in the grip, stocks for the average revolver come in a broad array of sizes, shapes, and functions, including stocks with lasers, or that can be used as a holster substitute. For my daily-carry 640 Pro, I was just going for the sheer practicality of a grip that offered reasonable purchase without making the gun too large. Continue reading “VZ Grips Tactical Diamonds for J-Frames”

Smith & Wesson Model 640 Pro Series: Part I

My daily carry gun for the past year has been the Smith & Wesson 640 Pro Series. This J-Frame .357 Magnum offers many features not seen on other guns in its size-class. In Part I of this review I am going to discuss the gun itself, in detail. In the next part I am going to cover the piece’s range performance and actually carrying it – a task at which I have fairly considerable experience. Disclaimer: My apologies for the dirt, dust, and scratches on this piece. She has earned those marks honestly.

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Is The Revolver Viable for Self Defense?

With modern autoloading handguns, the viability of the revolver as a defensive weapon may fairly be called into question. Any thoughtful individual considering arming him or herself with a revolver should reflect on this question. After having spent the last year using revolvers exclusively, I have reached some conclusions, and one of them is: there are a lot of reasons you probably shouldn’t rely on revolvers for defensive purposes. Continue reading “Is The Revolver Viable for Self Defense?”

Welcome to RevolverGuy.com

Welcome to RevolverGuy.com!

I got the inspiration for this blog when I decided to trim down my firearms battery and get back to basics. This was partially for financial reasons, partially for practicality’s sake, and partly because…well, I’ve always had a soft spot for wheel guns. So, I got rid of my slab-sided 1911s, soulless Glocks, and other self-cockers, but held on to the rotators. I started getting them out on the range, carrying them, and taking them to IDPA matches. And I noticed two things:

The first thing I noticed: people were interested in them! When I could pull off a decently fast reload, people suddenly wanted to shoot their revolvers, too. The second thing I noticed: there aren’t a whole lot of good revolvers-only blogs on the internet. Seeing a niche in the market, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to RevolverGuy.com

What I’m not: 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.

From right to left: Ruger LCR, Kimber K6S, S&W 640 Pro, Ruger SP101, S&W 327, S&W 66, S&W 686, S&W 28. And no, they're not all mine.
From right to left: Ruger LCR, Kimber K6S, S&W 640 Pro, Ruger SP101, S&W 386, S&W 66, S&W 686, S&W 28. And no, they’re not all mine.

Who am I? At the end of the day, I’m just a guy that loves revolvers. But I’m a decent revolver shooter and the word “enthusiast” probably fits me pretty well. And ultimately, that’s what revolverguy.com is – a place to share my enthusiasm for revolvers and maybe a few other topics that I really enjoy. So sit back, stay tuned, and enjoy!