10 Short-Barreled Sixgun Revolvers

A hideout six-shooter in the Old West usually meant a short-barreled pistol that was easy to carry discreetly yet able to be brought quickly into play from across a card table or across a room. Bankers and shopkeepers kept them hidden just in case, and lawmen and outlaws used these hideout guns as backups. The shorter barrel on these sixgun revolvers made them more concealable yet, because they were based off of full-sized pistols, they were chambered in powerful calibers. There was no compromise with these discreet pistols.

Originally, Colt’s Sheriff’s Models had short barrels with no ejector rod; Colt Shopkeeper’s Models had short barrels with ejector rods. Today, Mounted Cowboy Action shooters who need a quick-drawing gun that can easily be cocked one-handed favor modern reproductions of short-barrel revolvers. Some of these models incorporate a bird’s-head grip, making the gun more concealable and easier to shoot for those shooters with smaller hands. They are also chambered in powerful calibers, making them excellent self-defense guns or unique variants for a six-gunner’s collection.



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This article originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of GUNS OF THE OLD WEST®, print and digital subscriptions to GUNS OF THE OLD WEST are available here.

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