Out of all the books I’ve edited since I started with F&W Media and Gun Digest just about a year ago, Big-Bore Revolvers by Max Prasac probably ranks as my favorite so far. What got me hooked, even at the first chapter, was Max’s unabashed and outright passion for anything and everything that’s bigger than a .44 Magnum and goes in a wheel gun.
While I’ve long kept a double-stack Kimber 1911 .45 in my nightstand, my last handgun purchased back when I was shooting IPSC, I’ve never forgotten that it replaced a Smith & Wesson 686 snubnose revolver. I loved that gun, almost craved its comfortable heft in my hand, the way it tamed recoil from stouter loads. It’s one of the few guns I’ve ever sold and a sale I’ve often sorely regretted—but no more so than after reading Big-Bore Revolvers (and even though my gentle giant 686 snubby was only a “mere” .357 Magnum and doesn’t qualify for big-bore status by Max’s definition.)
After reading Max’s words and weaving his wonderful array of photographs into this fabulous book, I have to tell you I was inches from calling up wheelgun genius Gary Reader and asking for one of his Black Widow single-actions, or Freedom Arms’ Bob Baker and asking for a .454 Casull, or … my shopping list went on and on.
It takes much intelligence, insight, sincerity, and skill for a writer to move an audience like Max moved me—heck, especially someone like me who’s been in the firearms business now more than 20 years. I’ve seen a few guns in my time, love many of them, even most of them, but I don’t get the “wow” factor much anymore. But Big-Bore Revolvers? Oh, yea, this one gets a wow. Wow.
About the Author: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.
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