With the advent of enlightened CCW laws nationwide, the revolver (in its more compact versions) has hung on—and prospered. It is tailor-made for concealment and undercover work. Many police agencies realize this and continue to authorize the small revolver for backup, undercover and off-duty wear.
As we enter the early 21st century, the question may be asked whether the revolver has any relevance anymore in an era of increasingly lighter and smaller polymer framed pistols with capacities nearly double and triple that of the revolver. Let’s face it, the revolver is old; it is the gun of the frontier and the wild west, of Wyatt Earp, of Yosemite Sam, and in the modern context of the crusty old police officer, the Harry Callahans and the Roger Murtaughs.
I am always amazed at how many people carry their CCW gun in their front pocket. When people watch my videos on a subcompact gun, a question often asked is, “how is that gun for pocket carry”? Maybe it’s just because I’m a behind the hip holster guy but I am taken back by how many people carry like this. I am not saying it is wrong, I am simply making the point that millions of Americans carry a gun in their pocket.