The Ultimate Guide to the Best Revolvers

February 15, 2017

For the average concealed carrier, a revolver is a great choice. They are reliable, easy to understand, easy to operate and they require less maintenance than an automatic or semi-automatic pistol. While they do hold fewer cartridges and take a little longer to reload than an automatic pistol, the double-action on a good revolver is much better than on an automatic pistol. Here are some of the best revolver choices for Concealed Carriers.

  1. Ruger SP101 357

The Ruger SP101 revolvers fitted with the Crimson Trace LG-111 Defender Series Lasergrips are designed to put the shooter on target quickly and accurately. Among the most powerful small-frame revolvers on the market, they are engineered for solid performance. Featuring a recoil-reducing grip, the SP101 is comfortable to shoot and perfect for personal defense or field use.

Caliber: .357 Magnum and can also fire .38 Special + P

Magazine Capacity: 5


Weight: 27.6 oz.


  1. Ruger LCR

Ruger’s LCR frame is partially made of polymer to reduce the weight and streamline the manufacturing. It offers snag-free hamerless ergonomics and a Hogue grip to manage recoil. The LCR is lightweight, easy to use, with awesome double-action trigger pull. The LCR is smooth and consistent.

Caliber:  .38 Special + Pm

Magazine Capacity: 5

Length: 6.5”

Weight: 17 oz.

  1. Smith & Wesson 642 PowerPort Revolver

The S&W 642 PowerPort gun is an aluminum framed revolver with a steel cylinder. Smith and Wesson calls this an Airweight revolver. It comes in at 15 ounces unloaded. The “Power Port” name comes from a port in the barrel just in beyond the front site. The concealed hammer double-action-only design makes for snag-free draws from concealment, and the 642 has Smith & Wesson’s excellent double-action trigger pull. 

Caliber: .38 Special +P.

Magazine Capacity: 5

Length: 6.35”

Weight: 14.6 oz.

  1. Smith & Wesson M & P Bodyguard 38

The Smith & Wesson M & P Bodyguard is a polymer framed 38 revolver that features a crimson trace laser for low-light backup to its fixed sight sights. It handles easily, is lightweight and has an ambidextrous cylinder release.

Caliber: .357

Magazine Capacity: 5

Length: 6.6”

Weight: 14.36 oz.

  1. Charter 2000 Undercoverette

This revolver offers potent Magnum stopping power, making it ideal for home protection, yet it has a short 2” barrel that makes it easy to conceal and carry.  The Undercoverette also offers lighter recoil, making it a comfortable revolver for recreational shooting. Safety, reliability, stopping power, less recoil—the Undercoverette delivers.


Caliber: .32 H & R Magnum

Magazine Capacity: 5

Length: 6.75”

Weight: 19 oz.

  1. Charter Arms Off Duty .38 Special

The Charter Arms Off Duty 38 is lightweight, snag free and powerful is a versatile revolver and is one of the larger revolvers for concealed carry. The Off Duty is a hammerless design with a higher grip placement that allows better control during rapid fire. The grip is comfortable and fits in the hand nicely. It’s easy to carry. Looks smart and provides plenty of firepower.

Caliber: .38 Special

Magazine Capacity: 5

Length: 6.75”

Weight: 12 oz.


For those who prefer a revolver for concealed carry, there is no shortage of excellent choices. Although some are light and small enough to be carried loose in a pocket, we recommend the use of a good holster, whether for belt or pocket carry.