While semi-automatic pistols are more popular, revolvers are more versatile and user-friendly. This makes them an ideal candidate for conceal and carry. They are simple and reliable. For over two centuries, these guns were the best choice due to their reliability. They are tough and can handle most anything that the gun owner and nature can throw at them, and they are great for all levels of shooters from novice to experienced.

Product FAQ

Revolvers have stood the test of time. In more recent years, many gun owners have switched to the semi-automatic pistol. Their reliability has continued to keep them a competitor in the gun market.

1. What is a Revolver?

2. What Does It Do?

3. How Does It Work?

4. Where Can You Buy It?

5. What is the Price Range of Revolvers?

How we reviewed

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When it comes to a gun purchase, we know that it is a very personal choice and you only want the best; however, due to the vast amount of makes and models on the market today, we understand how difficult this decision can be. We have reviewed and chosen 10 of the best manufacturers here and have reviewed each manufacturer individually and thoroughly.
 

Overall price range of revolvers

Most guns from the manufacturers we have reviewed for you are within the price range of $400 to $14,000. Many of them offer budget options that allow you to have quality regardless of your budget. Remember that factors like sturdiness, durability and reliability influence cost.

Our Top Ten Manufacturers

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  • Smith & Wesson
  • Ruger
  • Colt
  • Freedom Arms
  • North American Arms
  • Taurus
  • Uberti
  • Korth
  • JANZ Präzisionstechnik
  • Rossi

Smith & Wesson

Features

Founded in 1852, Smith and Wesson, or S&W, are one of the oldest gun manufacturers. They are well known for their innovative design and high-quality manufacturing. They offer many great revolvers for concealment. Most of Smith & Wesson’s revolvers are made of an aluminum alloy frame and stainless steel cylinder. This makes them mostly immune to heat and moisture. These materials help combat rust.

There are many options offered by Smith & Wesson that are worth considering. Model 19 Classic, M&P Bodyguard 38 No, Model 642 LS Ladysmith, Model Governor and Performance Center Model 686 are ideal starter options.

PROS

  • Lifetime Service Policy
  • Best Concealed Pieces 

CONS

  • Cons vary per model. Be sure to talk with your vendor.

Warranty

Smith and Wesson guns come with a lifetime service policy.

Ruger

Features

Sturm, Ruger & Co, known for its rugged and reliable firearms, is one of the leading gun manufacturers in the United States. They have an impressive product line that is sure to impress any gun enthusiast. They provide many durable, sturdy and high-quality guns that ensure you will find the perfect product for your sporting needs.

They are also known for their innovative design of firearms, and their revolvers are no exception. LCR, New Bearcat, Ruger SP 101, New Model Single Six, GP 100, and New Model Blackhawk are just a few of their models for you to choose from.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Innovative Products
  • Rugged and Reliable
  • Excellent Customer Service

CONS

  • Cons vary per model. Be sure to talk with your vendor.

Warranty

The company does not offer a written warranty. 

Colt

Features

Samuel Colt patented his mechanism in 1836, which popularized the use of revolvers in the old west and military. They have been providing quality firearms for over 160 years. When people think about a revolver, they most often picture a Colt.

Colt has had a huge impact on firearms over the years. While Colt is hard on the budget, the craftsmanship alone is worth the money. Be sure to consider the Colt Cobra, Night Cobra, and SA Army range.

PROS

  • Craftmanship
  • Dependability

CONS

  • Price
  • Cons vary per model. Talk to your vendor.

Warranty

Colt does not offer a warranty. See your local vendor for more information.

Freedom Arms

Features

Freedom Arms produces high quality, long barrel revolvers in Wyoming. They are not good for conceal and carry, but are powerful guns. Their guns are known to have excellent accuracy with precise bullet placement. This accuracy and power make these guns ideal for hunting.

They offer a few models including Model 83 Premium Grade 353, Model 83 Premium Grade 44, Model 83 Premium Grade 475, Model 97 Premium Grade 45 Colt and others. While they only offer a few models, the entire collection is of high quality.

PROS

  • Accuracy Across all Velocities
  • Quality Controlled Craftsmanship
  • Power

CONS

  • Price
  • Cons vary by the model. Talk to your vendor.

Warranty

These guns come with a limited lifetime warranty.

North American Arms

Features

North American Arms is a small company out of Provo, Utah. They offer a unique safety notch feature within the cylinder that allows you to carry the gun fully loaded without fear of accidentally discharging it. They offer mini revolvers and pocket revolvers in several models which include 22 short, companion, 32 NAA guardian, and ranger. For all models except the Sidewinder, the user must remove the cylinder in order to reload it.

PROS

  • Unique Safety Cylinders
  • Small Size

CONS

  • Cylinder Removal for Reload
  • Cons vary by the model. Be sure to discuss with the vendor.

Warranty

The company offers a lifetime warranty.

Taurus

Features

What started out as a small company in Brazil, Taurus Holdings Inc has become a well-known name in the gun community. They were the first small arms company to offer a lifetime repair policy. They also patented and invented the Taurus Security System. This allows the user to lock the firearm with a special key.

While locked, the user cannot cock the hammer or pull the trigger. They offer this system on most of the guns within the Taurus brand. Just a few of the models offered are 856 Model 2, 692 Model 2, Raging Judge 513, The Judge, and CIA 650.

PROS

  • Lifetime repair
  • Taurus Security System
  • Easy on the budget

CONS

  • Lackluster customer service
  • Talk with your local vendor to make sure that these are the right fit for you.

Warranty

These guns come with a lifetime repair policy.

Uberti

Features

Uberti revolvers bring back the thrill and romance of shooting something from the past. Uberti handcrafts all of their guns with careful detail to ensure that they have the same feel of the guns they are replicating. They also enhancing them with modern technology to make them safe and reliable shooters. They offer black powder handguns that shoot modern black powder rounds as well as models that utilize modern ammunition.

PROS

  • Traditional designs
  • True replicas

CONS

  • Disadvantages vary based on your preference.
  • High Price 

Warranty

The manufacturer offers a 5-year limited warranty.

Korth

Features

"Precision, Elegance and Emotionality are given to our weapons as standard." With this motto, Korth articulates their dream to build the best revolver in the world, and some would argue that they have done just that. It has always meant something to own a Korth gun as each gun is a unique symbol of luxury. They stand for high quality and strive consistently to be the best. The company offers National standard 3-inch, National standard 6-inch, and National Standard Super Sport STX among others.

PROS

  • Premium marksmanship
  • Elegant design
  • High-quality materials

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Cons vary by person. Discuss with your vendor.

Warranty

Check with your vendor for warranty information.

JANZ Präzisionstechnik

Features

JANZ Präzisionstechnik is a German-based company. They provided Korth with parts for several years before making their own revolvers. They offer the quick change system which allows for easy conversion between .22 and .45. They offer barrel lengths from 2.5 inches to 12 inches long. The guns are beautiful, and the surfaces are all tempered and polished. They also offer engraving services. The company does not have a lot of models, but they offer Type MA large caliber, Type E, and M fixed caliber models.

PROS

  • ES Changeable Caliber system
  • EM-S Changeable Caliber system

CONS

  • Price
  • Hard to find
  • Other disadvantages depend on the product type you choose.

Warranty

See vendor for warranty.  

Rossi

Features

While Rossi doesn’t offer as many options as a few of the other manufacturers on our list, they do not lack in quality. There are two options: the Rossi .38 Special, and the Magnum .357. The Rossi .38 Special is available in 6 variations and has a 5 shot chamber. The Magnum .357 is available in 8 variations and has a 6 shot chamber. You can find both in either blue steel or stainless steel and with a short or long barrel. Each model has the Taurus Security System, allowing the user to lock the firearm with a special key. When activated, the user cannot cock the hammer or pull the trigger.

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Accurate
  • Pros vary based on your needs.

CONS

  • Hard to find
  • Not available online
  • Discuss your needs with your vendor.

Warranty

Lifetime Limited Warranty.

the verdict

Ultimately your preference will decide which revolver is the right revolver for you. Consult your local vendor, ask questions, and communicate exactly what you are looking for in a revolver. Smith & Wesson has the best models if you are looking for concealment, while Strum, Ruger, & Co. are more suitable for competitive shooting and hunting. Korth guns are statement pieces with superior quality but a high price point. Uberti is a good choice for replicas and reliving the past. Armed with knowledge, you can choose the revolver that is right for you.