At SHOT Show 2011, Smith & Wesson rolled out the Governor — a revolving shotshell-shooter that can hold any combination of six rounds consisting of .410 Shotshell, .45 ACP and .45 Colt.
As Gun Digest Author Massad Ayoob pointed out recently in his Backwoods Home blog, “I suppose turnabout is fair play. The Taurus folks have been selling clones of S&W revolvers for many, many years, and selling them quite well, too.”
Of course, Ayoob was referring to the Taurus Judge, which appears to have been the inspiration behind the S&W Governor. But surely there must be differences, and the main one is the Governor’s ability to stock six rounds, versus the Taurus Judge’s five.
The Governor has a barrel length of 2 3/4″ and the frame is a lightweight heat-treated scandium alloy — overall weight comes in at around 29.6 ounces. There is no rear sight, but the front sight includes low light tritium inserts for after-dark business.
The one I picked up had the optional Crimson Trace laser grip, which is activated by depressing a button on the front of the grip (it basically turns on when you grip the pistol).
As Ayoob remarked:
Personally, I think it’s going to be interesting to be in court when someone who used one in self-defense says to the black-robed magistrate on the bench, “I did it with a Raging Judge!”
But, hey, if you’re gonna play the names, be cool about it. You can always buy a Taurus Judge AND a Smith & Wesson Governor, and wield ‘em both, one in each hand. When you confront your next burglar and he runs away with no blood spilled (the way such things usually end), you can shout after him, “You’ve been put on probation by the Judge, and been granted a reprieve by the Governor!”
To learn more about the Smith & Wesson Governor click here.
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Effective Handgun Defense, A Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry
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