Backup handguns have saved the lives of a great many cops, and would have saved more had they been present. They can do the same for law-abiding citizens who legally carry concealed handguns to protect themselves and those within the mantle of their protection.
The backup gun is a second handgun, normally carried concealed, used as a supplement to a primary handgun that may be carried openly or concealed, depending on the circumstances.
Largely forgotten nowadays, Forehand & Wadsworth was for a time one of the nation’s best-known manufacturers of small, concealable revolvers.
Most people don’t know about the Great Western Arms Co., which made the first Colt SAA clone. Even reference books can’t get it straight! But for a while, the Great Western was the idol of the American handgun scene.
Over 100 of the finest Colt revolvers in the country go on display Grand reopening of Greg Martin Gallery on July 23, 2011, in conjunction with Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl at the Autry. The exhibition will be ongoing.
Designed as a defensive handgun, the Governor is a handy little small-game getter, too.
An online auction of nine collectible Ruger firearms netted $18,250, which was then donated by Ruger to the USA Shooting Team. Ruger executives presented a check to the team during the recent NRA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.
Take a tour of Chiappa Firearms with MKS President Charles Brown.
In Part III of this excerpt from Massad Ayoob's Greatest Handguns of the World, the author looks at the accuracy and shootability of the Model 27 .357 Magnum.