The famed gun manufacturer's largest swing-out cylinder double-action revolver.
- Written by Phil Spangenberger
- Published June 28, 2011
The Old West may have been gone by the early 1900s, but the West was still a place where a man needed to be “well heeled.”
It was the era of the last hurrah for Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. The Arizona Rangers were formed to uphold Arizona Territory’s laws. The Mexican Revolution of 1910 kept America’s Southwestern border ablaze. Gold strikes fueled the Yukon. These are just some of the incidents that made defensive arming as important then as it was during the heyday of the frontier.
The single-action revolver was being dethroned by the more modern double-action wheelguns. Although semi-automatic pistols were manufactured as early as 1893, they were still being chambered for ammunition that was less than satisfactory as serious defensive rounds and the guns themselves had yet to fully prove themselves in the field. Thus, the double-action revolver became the most viable choice for those who found themselves in harm’s way.
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