Great photo by my friend Chase Pappas of his Smith & Wesson TRR8. He is using TKCustom moonclips. The grip and cylinder release have been switched out for Hogue upgrades. You can check out Chase’s other photography on his Instagram account @chaseingtheoutdoors

Here is another shot of his TRR8 before the extended cylinder release.




  • CS

    Why would you use TKCustom moonclips when Smith offers their own OEM clips made specifically for that gun?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Just to irritate you.

    • Sasquatch

      They might be Honey Badgers or Chuck Norris. Hard to tell these days.

    • ChaseingTheOutdoors

      The oem clips are thin and flimsy, takes some finagling to get all 8 rounds to line up and drop in.

      The TK Custom clips are thicker and maintain a better purchase on the rounds, all 8 drop straight in.

      • CM

        So why the moon clips on a rimmed cartridge? Is it a speed thing? Sorry, just trying to understand the principle here.

        • ChaseingTheOutdoors

          Because loading 8 loose rounds at a time sucks.

          Think of moon clips as the revolver equivalent to magazines with an auto loader.

          • Mazryonh

            You didn’t mention one difference moon clips have that autoloader magazines don’t; you can load smaller-than-full-load moon clips into a revolver’s cylinder, such as using four 2-round moon clips for this model so you can reload only 2 rounds at a time without firing/reloading all the rounds. That kind of capability hasn’t been considered a priority for autoloading handguns ever since the Mauser C96 (which could reload in a similar fashion with stripper clips) went out of style.

        • CS

          Moonclips can allow you to use cartridges like 9mm para or 45acp in the right revolvers.

      • CS

        The TK clips are 10x the cost.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Damn, thats nice.
    Good job.

  • Don Ward

    Nicholas C did a story on a REVOLVER and not something slathered in rails or a piece of tactical kit for $399 retail?

    *Counts rounds, mumbling, five, six, seven, EIGHT*

    Well I guess an 8 shot revolver makes it the most tactical of revolvers.

    Phew. I was worried… wait a second… Are those RAILS?

    • Don Ward

      *Incoherent scream*

    • Mazryonh

      But can it attach and use a suppressor? If not, you’ll just get the “2/10 would not operate with” tacticool people around, never mind how most revolvers can’t be suppressed anyway.

    • Agree.
      Double action revolvers are no longer the handgun of choice for defensive purposes.
      That era is long over.
      Large bore DA and SA revolvers still have a valuable niche as hunting handguns that auto pistols simply cannot fill of course.
      But for defensive purposes, they are outmoded.

      • The Brigadier

        Function is in the hand of the beholder. Automatic shooters are always taught to double tap. That means 2 rounds for each bad guy. With hollow points a single hit from a magnum is usually enough.

        • With a gang of attackers, one is going to want an auto pistol with both large capacity magazines and rapid reloading capabilities.
          One may need suppressing fire. One cannot simply assume that one is going to have the opportunity to successful one shot kills, one after the other.

        • Revolvers do in fact have one real advantage over autos. They can be kept loaded long term without worrying about whether the magazine springs are losing their resilience.

          Auto pistol users typically rotate their magazines to give the springs a chance to rest. Wheelgun users don’t need to worry about that.

  • Edeco

    This 8-round paradigm has stood too long. Come on 9-round 357 revolver.

    • Giolli Joker

      12 rounds Scandium X-frame .357 revolver. 🙂

  • vwVwwVwv

    this is art, i am impressed, wow.

  • I want one of these as bad as Kate Upton, but need it as much as a bag of moldy bread.

    • Don Ward

      I didn’t know Kate Upton wanted one of these? Although if you hang out with super models too much you might be needing that bag of moldy bread.

      Hey oh!

    • Eric

      The mold in bread contains natural penicillin so it’s possible that eating moldy bread when you’re sick may not be the worst idea.

      • Avery

        That’s the joke.

        *Insert Rainer “McBain” Wolfcastle in front of Improv’s brick wall*

      • I don’t have time for your facts and details 😀

      • Mazryonh

        I thought that with all the antibiotic resistance going around, “wild” penicillin is already far behind the curve. And of course it wouldn’t help against viral infections.

    • Badwolf


    • Anonymoose

      I just tossed 2 bags of moldy bread. Want me to fish them out of the trash for you?

      • Stan Darsh

        Is it moldy Rye bread?

        • Anonymoose

          No, Italian.

        • irish7_1sg

          Hoffman recipe?

    • Swarf

      *fweeeet!* Unacknowledged edit by lalahsghost, resulting in the sullying of another commenter’s joke! 5 yards! Repeat 2nd down!

    • The Brigadier

      What the gun or Kate’s suppressors.

  • Bill

    One of these will be mine, one day , to go with my 325PD

  • RavishedBoy

    Why is .327 Federal Mag. ignored? It would be a perfect caliber for high capacity revolvers.

    • Swarf

      I think and hope that that question is getting asked more every day.

      It seems like a bad ass revolver round.

      • The Brigadier

        .357 magnum rounds beat the .327 hands down. It must appeal to guys with small hands.

    • Red McCloud

      1. It’s new, and new is bad according to the US firearm community (unless it’s the Tavor).
      2. It’s kinda expensive due to the low amount of ammo manufacturers making it.
      3. Almost all the guns chambered in it are Rugers that cost 700+ dollars, making it not that affordable of a cartridge to ‘get into’.

      I remember during a fit of mania I sent an email to S&W telling them that designing a version of the R8 in .327 Mag with a ten shot cylinder would be a good idea. I was responded with an email that essentially said ‘we’ll ponder it’.

      I just want Ruger to make their 3′ inch barrel LCRx in .327. It would be my dream revolver.

      • Giolli Joker

        “I was responded with an email that essentially said ‘we’ll ponder it’.”
        We’ll ponder on the marketing value of promoting a round introduced by our most direct competitors.
        Consumers associate .327 with Ruger, for S&W to jump in that field could mean creating publicity to their (less expensive) competition. If there were other players helping the diffusion of the round (Taurus? I think Charter Arms did something but it’s a small fish) people would associate less the round with Ruger and S&W would be more interested in taking part of the market… that by the way is still very small so not particularly attractive.

        • Brocus

          S&W used to sell the 632 in .327 when the round was new.

          • Giolli Joker

            Ok! I didn’t know.

        • Juanito Ibañez

          “Consumers associate .327 with Ruger…”

          That’s only because ATK/Federal Cartridge Co. used the Ruger SP101 as the development platform – leading to Ruger being the first manufacturer to release a production arm chambered for that cartridge.

          Actually, the .327 Federal Magnum was also chambered in Charter Arms and Taurus revolvers early on.

      • Art out West

        With 6, not 5 shots in that 3″ LCRx. That would be a sweet gun.

        • JCP

          Yes, that would be a sweet gun! I have a 4″ SP101 that is awesome. A smaller/lighter 327 would be cool. I also have the LCR 327 (six shot) & GP100 4″ (seven shot). Needless to say, I kinda like the 327. Ammo not easy to find but, not impossible. Better if you reload!

      • Bronson

        I don’t think people automatically assume something that’s new is bad. I think that they are weary because it’s untested, which would explain why people were so quick to accept the Tavor.

        • undeRGRound

          WARY, meaning unsure, or LEARY, meaning the same.

          Weary means TIRED. exhausted. I guess they could be tired of being a test mule for new products? LMAO

    • Blake

      & Leverguns…

    • Papafoxtrot

      Agreed. I’ve got a Ruger BH in .327 FM, 8-shot, and love that pistol. I’m big fan of .32s in general, and think more options would be wonderful. I passed on a .32 H&R Mag S&W the other day, but really with I could find one of the Ruger GPs in .327…that would be perfect.

    • iksnilol

      Well, you’re sorta doing something wrong by going with a revolver if you want high capacity.

  • Blake

    .327 Federal is an impressive & well-balanced cartridge. Two things I’d love to see chambered in it:

    – a tiny little 4-shot NAA-style pocket mini-revolver (smaller than any semi-auto)

    – a 16″ bbl “trapper-style” pistol-grip octagon barrel levergun

    • Paul B.

      How about a really small 5 shot pocket DA revolver sized for the round? Like a S&W Centennial on a 5/6 or so scale.

      • Bill

        Then you’d have a skinny 940. Nobody bought them when they were out, and by the time I wanted one I had to buy the cylinder from the S&W Custom Shop. It’s in my 640 (9640?) right now and boy, does it work!

    • Giolli Joker

      4 shots is not convenient in a revolver: the cylinder would be a rounded square, resting with the corners poking out of the sides of the frame making the overall thickness relatively wide. A hexagonal 6 shot cylinder (see Rhino) would offer the flat faces and 2 shots more for about the same width.

  • AAA

    I have one of the early ones thats marked with M&P, first weapon I purchased myself and i love it. Had it ported, swapped out the sights for a white ladder and U notch. Shoots amazingly and even better with a little sparc on top of it.

  • Ed Ward

    Definitely a ‘combat’ revolver in every sense of the word. SWAT entry gun and an absolute Beast easily fed when hungry via aforementioned moonclips. If I had a spare grand or so laying around it’s mine already…

    • Mazryonh

      I haven’t heard of any SWAT units using revolvers. 8 shots is a lot for a revolver but is a very small ammunition load for a handgun ever since the development of the first “Wonder Nine” semiauto handguns. You also can’t suppress revolvers, except for a very few purpose-made ones.

      • tiger

        Actually Swat use is what it was delevoped for. NYPD teams using protective sheilds found the slides on autos get hung up on contact. So S&W took a N frame, added rails for tac lights, gave it 8 rounds & moonclips to speed reloads. Result? The trr8….

        • Mazryonh

          You don’t need a pistol with a slide to get semi-auto firepower while using a ballistic shield in your other hand. A newer option like the IMI Uzi PRO machine pistol could work. So could an MP7 with no foregrip and the stock closed up. Those are just two of the non-revolver options possible in my view.

    • AC97

      What kind of idiot would use this as an entry gun when they can use a rifle, SMG, or shotgun?

      • AK

        If you are the point man of an entry team and carrying the +20lbs ballistic shield on your weak hand, this revolver is the tool you want. No risk of out-of-battery malfunctions against the shield and more potent than a semi-auto pistol. For speed reloads, you will carry another revolver strapped to your chest. A couple of the Paris terrorists at the Bataclan were ventilated with this very weapon. I’m sure you have seen the pictures of the shield that was used.

        • AC97


        • Art out West

          But for that purpose, you want it in .357 mag instead of .327 mag. The .327 is a good defensive cartridge, but the .357 is still considerably better. Now if the revolver held 10 rounds of .327, that may change things up a bit.

          • AK

            True, and that’s the French version as well, M&P R8.

          • Bill

            Yeah, except a 4 inch .357 would be a lot of scream and yell in confined spaces. Add the fireball and your team might not love it after having 6 rounds go off a few feet from their heads. Sometimes less is more…

  • AC97

    My main point was that you shouldn’t be using a handgun for an entry gun when you have long guns, except as a backup.

    I think I may or may not have misinterpreted what they said as them saying that it would be a good primary entry gun, as opposed to a backup.

  • Art out West

    I’m a bit confused. This same revolver can be had with 8 shots of .357 magnum. Therefore, it seems to me that the .327 version ought to hold 9 or 10 shots instead. Ten rounds of .327 would be sweet.

    • Isaac Arnold

      The model number is 327, it is not .327 caliber. It is in fact a .357 magnum. Don’t feel bad, that is a common mistake.

  • Jackson Andrew Lewis

    just sucks cant use it for competition…..

  • Isaac Arnold

    NOT A .327 Magnum! I see a number of people below talking about the .327 Magnum. This revolver is a .357 Magnum. The model number is 327.

  • The Brigadier

    I looked up the price and it’s $1327. That is uber expensive for a revolver eight shots or not.

  • Robert Martin

    I hate Piskaticaninny Rails on anything—except those thermos mugs they marketed. Those were neat.
    Who remembers the story about the Hillbilly child telling his father about the day’s Geometry Lesson? No son, Pie are not Square. Cornbread are Square. Pie are Round.
    Someone needs to tell several gun manufacturers: Revolver are NOT SQUARE. Semiautomatic are SQUARE. Revolver are ROUND.
    {This is in reference to the ghastly slab-sided barrels.}
    The only way that I’d buy one is if I was so rich that I can afford to have the barrel replaced and Piskaticaninny Rail removed before I ever shoot it. And my Smith can rosette weld the gay little keyhole shut, bright nickel the piece and put either stag, bone or exotic wood grips on it while he’s at it.
    But once I rededicated it I’d like it a lot.
    Can’t S&W market a basic Model 28 with an 8-Round Cylinder?
    Who in Hell is Kate Upton? Never hear of she—presumably ”She.”