Readers familiar with my scribblings are aware that I am a proud member of an ever-shrinking fraternity: a revolver fan. While I own a large number of semiauto pistols and use them for competition, concealed carry and home defense, my true love has always been the wheelgun.
The past several years, Smith & Wesson has created a lot of industry excitement by introducing or, in some cases, reintroducing new wheelguns. That’s right, round guns are making a big comeback. Part of the new wave started when Clint Smith urged the good folks in Springfield to bring out the Model 21 .44 Special in a Thunder Ranch Edition, followed by the Model 22 TR in .45ACP. Both were popular enough that once the run of Thunder Ranch Editions were completed, they were made a standard production revolver. Clint then redefined the defensive revolver with the introduction of the Model 325 Thunder Ranch. The M325 .45ACP features a detachable accessory rail that allows one to attach a light or laser under the barrel. With the popularity of these and other models on the rise, don’t let anyone tell you the wheelgun is dead.
I'm considering trading something for a Smith 396 titanium revolver, 5-shot .44 special, 3-1/4" barrel.