A revolver is a repeating firearm containing a cylinder with many chambers. As the hammer is cocked the cylinder rotates to align the next chamber round with the hammer and the barrel. It is from this action that the revolver gets its name. Let’s look at the world’s most famous revolvers.
1. The Peacemaker colt
The Colt single action army or the Peacemaker is the most famous handgun in history as it is the gun that won the west. It was built by the Colt Manufacturing Company of America and was in service with the US government from 1873 to 1892. . It fires a .45 Colt cartridge and has a six shot cylinder.
2. Webley Mk6
The Webley revolver is of British origin and is manufactured by the Webley & Scott Company and RSAF Enfield.
It is a top break revolver firing a .455 Webley cartridge, has a rate of fire of 20-30 rounds per minute and has an effective range of 50-300 yds.
3. 38 Special Revolver
The .38 Smith & Wesson Special is of American parentage and was manufactured by the Smith & Wesson Company. It fires a rimmed centerfired cartridge (the .38 Special) .and weighs approximately 10 ounces , has an overall length of 8 inches and a capacity for 6 rounds.
4. Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum Model 629
This revolver is of American origin and fires the .44 Magnum cartridges made famous by Clint Eastwood in his Dirty Harry films. . It has a double action and a six round cylinder and has a 3 dot adjustable rear sight.
5. Smith & Wesson model 686
This revolver is of American origin and fires the .357 Magnum cartridges. This cartridge was developed to penetrate automobile cover during the post World War 1 gangster era in the US. The revolver went into production in the 1980’s. It weighs 1.25 Kg is fed by a 6 or 7 round cylinder and has a length of 12 inches.
6. Smith and Wesson Model 10 Victory
This revolver of American origin was in use by the US forces during World War 2 and fires the .38 Special cartridges. It is fed by a 6 round cylinder and has a muzzle velocity of 755 ft per second. It has a blade front sight and a notched rear sight.
7. Smith &Wesson Model 500
The Smith & Wesson model 500 is a five shot double action revolver of American parentage. It is built on the Smith & Wesson’s largest frame the X frame and is cited by its manufacturers of being the ‘most powerful production revolver in the world ‘The model 500 fires a bullet weighing 350 gm at a muzzle velocity of 1975 ft per second.
8. Colt Python
The Colt Python is a double action hand gun chambered for the powerful .357 Magnum cartridge. It is of American origin and is manufactured by the Colt Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. It is built on the Colt large’ I’ frame and is renowned for smooth trigger pull, accuracy and tight cylinder lock up.. It was in production from 1955-1996
9. Webley Fosbery Automatic Revolver
The Webley Fosbery Automatic revolver is of British parentage and is manufactured by Webley Scott. . In this revolver the hammer is cocked and the cylinder rotated by sliding the action, cylinder and barrel assembly back on the frame. It fires a .455 Webley Mk2 cartridge and has a muzzle velocity of 620 ft per second.
10. Ruger Super Redhawk
The Ruger Super Redhawk revolver is of American origin and is a double action Magnum revolver made by Sturm Rogers. It has a weight of 1190 grams and a length of 8.5 inch. It is an example of a revolver having a swing out cylinder.