Back in the day, .357 Magnum revolvers were among the most popular handguns around. Law enforcement officers wanted a more powerful cartridge than the .38 Special for service use and the .357 sixgun was better able to stand up to the new .38 +P and +P+ cartridges.

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Probably the most well-known .357 Magnum when I became a cop in the mid-1970s was the Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum. Envisioned by Border Patrolman and gun writer Bill Jordan as the “peace officer’s dream,” the Model 19 was based on a strengthened (medium-sized) K-Frame, making it more convenient to carry than the large (N-Frame) Model 27 or Model 28 Highway Patrolman .357 Magnum revolvers.

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Colt produced a robust .41-caliber revolver during the same era called the Trooper Mk III, which had a new action that didn’t require all the hand fitting needed in the older Trooper and Python models. At the same time, Ruger came out with its first double-action (DA) revolver, the Security-Six, which was another medium-sized .357 Magnum, this one with a solid, modular frame that had no side plate like the Colt or S&W. All three of these handguns were used extensively by law enforcement and had great followings for self-defense and field use.

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Sadly, none of the aforementioned .357 Magnums are still being made today, but Ruger and S&W are still turning out .357 models along with several other manufacturers. Here are some of formidable options for today’s wheelgunning fans.

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Chiappa Rhino 40DS
http://www.chiappafirearms.com

Charter Arms Mag Pug
http://www.charterfirearms.com

Dan Wesson Model 715
http://www.cz-usa.com

Ruger GP100 Match Champion
http://www.ruger.com

Ruger GP100
http://www.ruger.com

EAA Weihrauch Windicator
https://www.eaacorp.com

Rossi Model R97206
http://www.rossiusa.com

Smith & Wesson Model 66
http://www.smith-wesson.com

Smith & Wesson Model 340PD
http://www.smith-wesson.com

Taurus Model 608
http://www.taurususa.com

Taurus Protector Model 605
http://www.taurususa.com

Ruger SP101
http://www.ruger.com

Ruger LCR
http://www.ruger.com

Smith & Wesson Model 27
http://www.smith-wesson.com

Smith & Wesson Model 686
http://www.smith-wesson.com

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