“Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is proud to introduce two new revolvers,” the company’s presser proclaims. “The [$829 msrp] GP100® with a five-round cylinder chambered in .44 Special and the [$1079 msrp] Redhawk® with an eight-round cylinder chambered in .357 Magnum.” While Ruger revolvers are built like the proverbial brick outhouse, I prefer Smith & Wesson revolvers for their elegance and most excellent out-of-the-box triggers. Saying that, the platypusian Ruger LCR has the best factory-standard go-pedal of any revolver extent. Bonus! Unlike most Smith & Wesson wheelguns, Rugers don’t have cylinder locks, which can fail.
There are other brands, of course, including Taurus, Charter Arms (which made TTAG website non gratis after our one-star review or their .357 Target Mag Pug). While I only carry a revolver when I need deep concealment (a S&W 642 Airweight) — at least until I pick-up a Korth/Nighthawk — I couldn’t imagine not having several revolvers in my collection. If nothing else, dry-firing an empty, carefully-aimed revolver is the best way to improve trigger technique.
Do you have a revolver or two in your gun safe? Do you carry one? If you do, why not a semi-automatic pistol?