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SnubbieS T 46 Bore S&W Performance Center is currently offering three N-frame revolvers with 275" barrels. From left to right: Model 627 .357 Magnum, Model 657 .41 Magnum, Model 629 .44 Magnum. i Bg Left: The .357 Magnum Model 627 has an 8-shot cylinder. The Models 657 .41 Magnum and 629 .44 Magnum have 6-shot cylinders. mike “duke” Venturino Photos: Yvonne Venturino Good idea or WaSTe of Time? big bullets. Some tried to mate the two paths and they discovered they don’t necessarily go hand in hand. One problem is the greatest bulk, as in detriment to concealment, comes with a revolver’s cylinder. And also along those lines the bigger the bullet a revolver shoots, the thicker the cylinder. Consider this: I’ve carried both fullsized Colt 1911 .45 Autos and Colt .45 SAAs in inside the belt holsters. The .45 Auto is perfectly comfortable. The .45 SAA feels like you have a cantaloupe inside your belt. Also barrel length is a critical factor in revolver power because longer barrels burn powder more efficiently, giving more velocity. Snub-nosed barrels throw he concept of bigbore, snubnosed revolvers isn’t new. In fact it’s just about as old as revolvers themselves. As soon as men began to carry revolving cylinder handguns they began to follow two paths. Some wanted them to be concealable and some wanted them to shoot WWW.AMERICAnhAnDGUnnER.COM • JAnUARY/FEBRUARY 2011

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