Snub-Nosed Revolver

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snub-nosed revolver

A snub-nosed revolver is any small, medium or large frame revolver with a short barrel, which is generally 3 inches or less in length. They are primarily designed for maneuverability and concealment. These revolvers were extremely popular in the U.S. until the 1950s and 1960s, when most states passed laws limiting or prohibiting the carry of concealed weapons. They are manufactured in a wide variety of calibers.

Did You Know?

The British Bulldog

The British arms manufacturer P. Webley & Son introduced the Bulldog revolver during the 1870s. The five-shot revolver was known for its stubby, compact design — hence the bulldog moniker. The revolver was intended to be used for home defense and easily could be concealed in a coat pocket. An assassin used a .442 Webley Bulldog to gun down President James A. Garfield at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C., in July 1881.


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