TFB Review: Cimarron Firearms 1875 Outlaw

This past winter I found myself rewatching many of the westerns that Netflix had on rotation. Movies including “High Plains Drifter” “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Power of the Dog” and these films really had me wanting a six-shooter of my own to play around with at the range some day. I reached out to Cimarron Firearms and asked if they would be willing to send me a review copy of their 1875 Outlaw in .357 and they were more than happy to send one my way.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Taylor's & Company 963 MF Defense .357 Magnum

In this week’s edition of Wheelgun Wednesday, we turn our eyes to Europe for a revolver that has been out for over a decade but is only recently making its way into the United States. Taylor’s & Company has begun importing the 963 MF Defense .357 Magnum (and more importantly, they are arriving), and this revolver was “tactically cool” long before us, Americans, began asking for Picatinny rails and Cerakote colors on our wheelguns. Today, we will take a closer look at the Taylor’s & Company 963 MF Defense .357 Magnum, that is made by Armi Olmi in Italy, to see what it is all about. Let’s dive in!

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Colt Magic or Ruined Classic?

Welcome everyone to the 234th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Charter Arms Professional III .357 Magnum 6-Shot

We are back at it again in this week’s edition of Wheelgun Wednesday cruising our way through the Charter Arms “Professional Series” of revolvers. If you haven’t heard of them, it is almost an insider, industry secret that this small collective of snub-nose revolvers exists. Charter Arms has 6 revolvers in this semi-coveted series chambered in either the curious .32 H&R Magnum as well as the venerable .357 Magnum round. The past 2 weeks we covered the Professional and Professional II. If my public school education math is correct, that will now bring us to the Professional III which happens to be a .38 Special/.357 Magnum wheelgun. Let’s dive in and see what makes the Charter Arms Professional III unique from the rest of its counterparts in the Professional Series.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Customized Classic or Hopelessly Tragic?

Welcome everyone to the 229th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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The Diamondback SDR – The New Lightest 6-Shot .357 Magnum Revolver

Luke C (@ballisticaviation)​⁠ is at SHOT Show 2024 Industry Day at the Range with Diamondback Firearms to talk about their second-ever revolver, and their first-ever centerfire revolver chambered in .357 Magnum. The New SDR (Self Defense Revolver) is a modern J-frame design revolver featuring a polished stainless steel finish, two types of Hogue rubberized grips, fiber optic sights, and weighs in at only 21 ounces. According to the folks at Diamondback, this makes the SRD the newest and lightest six-shot .357 Magnum revolver on the market.

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Marlin 1894 Returns To Market In .357 Magnum

Good news, cowboy action shootists – the Marlin 1894 is back on the market in .357 Magnum chambering. If you’ve been paying attention, you should remember the Marlin 1894 returned to the market last July, after months out of production when previous brand owner Remington went bust. Now, Ruger is building these rifles in North Carolina, but upon their reintroduction, they were only available in .44 Magnum.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt Python Combat Elite .357 Magnum 3″ S/S

Welcome back to another week of Wheelgun Wednesday, and before we jump into it, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone visiting TFB! For those who might be familiar with my participation in Wheelgun Wednesday, I’m addicted to double-action revolvers from Colt and Smith & Wesson like a straight-up junkie. I can’t get enough. Moreover, like a bloodhound on a trail, I am always hunting for more. Colt is definitely a company that you need to “hunt up” their new offerings because they don’t do a great job of updating what is for sale within their portfolio and what appears on their website. They have multiple models of revolvers that have been on the market for years yet are still not displayed on their website. All that being said, Colt has sneakily and rather quietly (yet again) released a new revolver that will likely be more readily available in 2024 than it will be this year. Their newest, soft launch offering is the Colt Python Combat Elite .357 Magnum in a 3″ Stainless Steel barrel.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Speer Target-38 Indoor Practice For Your Revolver!

Welcome back to Wheelgun Wednesday, TFB’s weekly article series where we talk about everything revolver-related. Today we take a look at something old, Speer Target-38. These were practice rounds you can use in a revolver chambered in .357 Magnum or .38 Special. I got a chance to check them out years ago so here they are.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Ruger Blackhawk .357 Mag EGW Red Dot Mount

In this week’s edition of Wheelgun Wednesday, we are going to venture down a path that some people might consider blasphemy and others might view it as the future. If you are here, you are already a lover of wheelguns, but what’s your grasp of technology? The latest, greatest tech that we can incorporate into and with our firearms to make them as high speed, low drag as possible is always something our newer generation of shooters is aiming for. This can be attention to detail in the aggressiveness of our grip texturing (stippling), getting faster reloads (Bianchi speed strips or traditional HKS speedloaders), or even mounting a micro red dot to something as old and western as a Ruger Blackhawk. We are going to crawl down that precise rabbit hole looking at an EGW Red Dot Mount that I recently mounted on a customer’s six-shooter. Let’s dive in!

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Wheelgun Wednesday: The Problem With Two-Piece Barrels And A Solution

Welcome to another edition of TFB’s Wheelgun Wednesday, where we discuss all topics revolving around revolvers. Today’s topic comes from gunsmith Dave Lauck, of D&L Sports, in which he addresses one of the main detractors of the design of two-piece barrels for modern revolvers, which is that they can loosen under recoil over time. The most prominent examples of two-piece barrels comes from the popular Smith & Wesson scandium framed Model 300 series, such as the 325, 327 (aka TRR8 and R8), and 329. While there’s no certainty that each revolver with a two-piece barrel will loosen, people have reported this problem, which can lead to less than optimal conditions for accuracy and safety, so let’s take a look at Mr. Lauck’s solution to loose two-piece barrels. 

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Ruger SP101 Review

On this edition of TFB’s Wheelgun Wednesday, we’ll take a look at my former everyday carry piece, the Ruger SP101. The .357 Magnum SP101 was introduced a few years after the release of its big brother, the Ruger GP100 in the later half of the 1980s, and has since been chambered for .22LR, .327 Federal Magnum, .38 Special, and 9mm. The Ruger SP101 revolver’s prefix “SP” is generally referred to as “Special Purpose,” compared to the GP100’s “General Purpose,” but doesn’t appear in any current literature on Ruger’s website or advertisements. The Ruger SP101 revolver also saw service with the French police. Let’s take a look at this controversial concealed carry weapon, the Ruger SP101.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Is This Magnum 1911 Beautiful or Barbaric?

Welcome everyone to the 146th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Taurus 66 Review – .357 Magnum Seven-Shooter

Thanks for joining us for another Wheelgun Wednesday at TFB, where we cover all things related to revolvers. This week, we’ll take a look at the Taurus 66, with a satisfying 7-round capacity, chambered in .357 Magnum. The Taurus Model 66 was first introduced in 1978 as a six-shot revolver and gained its plus one capacity in 1999. Let’s dig in.

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Henry Lever Action Extended Sight Systems From Midwest Industries

Midwest Industries has just announced their Extended Sight Systems for Henry lever action X Models, which brings the rear sight back onto the receiver, rather than Henry’s factory location on top of the barrel. Midwest Industries’ Extended Sight Systems include an aluminum handguard rail with M-LOK slots and a 16-inch top Picatinny rail, a front and rear sight, a 5-slot Picatinny rail section, and a sling swivel. Without having a Henry X Model lever action, I estimate that the Extended Sight System provides an extra six inches to the overall sight radius. The full press release can be read below.

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