Magnum Research Updates the BFR Series

Magnum Research BFR

Magnum Research announced an upgrade to the BFR line. BFR, which ostensibly stands for Big Frame Revolver, is the company’s line of single action wheel guns. Some of these guns are chambered in seriously powerful cartridges for handguns including the .30-30 Win, .500 S&W Magnum and .45-70 Govt.

One of the changes made to the guns is the redesigned hammer. The new hammer is machined from stainless steel and has a spur that is both taller and narrower than the prior iterations. According to the company, by raising the spur, it became easier to manipulate – especially when wearing gloves. The company also stated the tolerances are very precise and the guns have a very smooth trigger pull.

Magnum Research changed the grips used on the guns. Now the company is using a single piece Hogue grip to replace the older two piece design. The grips are made of soft rubber and have a different taper to help with control during shooting. Magnum Research states these are a new Hogue design that does not use a screw to affix them to the frame. Yet, the company claims the grips do not move under recoil. They do require the use of a takedown tool to removed them from the frame. Yes, the tool is included with the guns.

Both the new grips and hammers will fit the older BFR models that have been made in the 21st Century.

BFR models are available with a variety of barrel lengths from 5″ – 10″. Caliber selection does change what barrel lengths are available.

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  • Zachary marrs

    Please, we all know what the F REALLY stands for…

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Fanciful. Big Fanciful Revolver.

  • Is there a “.47-70 Govt” I don’t know about, or is that a typo? Legitimate question with old school hyphenated black-to-smokeless rounds, there were roughly a kajillion of them.

    These are some impressively ludicrous hand cannons, I bet they’re fun as heck to shoot if you know how to handle that kind of recoil. Seems like they’d make great bear country howdah pistols in those anti-Chrysler calibers.

    • Anomanom

      Apparently .45-70 Government is actually the proper name. Source: Wiki

    • Kelly Jackson

      Yep, there was .45-70 and .45-90

      • Giolli Joker

        45-120 as well, although I guess its use was fairly limited.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      I’m sure it’s just a typo 🙂

    • Typo – sorry about that. It’s been corrected.

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    Not me brother. I’d be more afraid of one of those mother%%^s than I am of bears.

    • Longhaired Redneck

      That would be “motherframers”!

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    2016 will be the year I finally realize I need a .45-70 revolver.

  • Gary Kirk

    Taller and narrower hammer spur to inbed further into the skull of the untrained who buy one just cause

  • John

    .30-.30, huh?

    Somehow I don’t think people would screw with me if I wore that on my hip.

    The jokes, on the other hand…

  • Bill

    I guess it’s pointless with a SA gate-loaded revolver, but I’d like to see a speedloader or moon clip loaded with 45-70 rounds.

  • Porty1119

    But why?

    • jamezb

      It’s purely tactical. Fire a .45-70 black powder round, then move to a new cover location while concealed by the massive smoke cloud.. Keeps the baddies guessin’…

    • Laserbait

      Because I wanted one, that’s why.

    • JoshCalle


  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    That’s good news. Before I even shot my 45-70 BFR, I installed the Hogue rubber grip that screws on. I wanted the cushion, as opposed to the “let it slide” strategy of the hard smooth grips, but the aftermarket grips are made for the Ruger Redhawk and they don’t fit perfectly and do slip a bit. While I was in there, I did a poor boy trigger job. Nothing like a 2 pound trigger on a 45-70 revolver. Still, the 10″ barrel 45-70 is a hilarious looking and tons-of-fun hand cannon. It’s always popular at the range, and the downrange devastation of my hand cast powder coated 500 grain bullets pegs the goofy meter. BTW – Magnum Research did a great job on the BFRs. The quality is obvious.