Cowboy to Modern Revolvers: 5 Models to Look for on

Chiappa 50DS Rhino Chambered in 40 S&W – Modern Revolvers You can find on

5 Cowboy to Modern Revolvers You Might Find on

Whether you are looking for a revolver that was used in the old cowboy days or something more modern, there are plenty of revolvers you can find from private sellers on Knowing what might be available can help you decide what you might want to add to your gun safe. Here are a few revolvers, from the classic Peacemaker to the modern take in the Ruger Vaquero, that you might find from user listings on for sale or at auction. 

Colt Single Action Army Cowboy Revolver

The Peacemaker is one of the most iconic firearms of all time. When you think of a cowboy, you probably think of the Colt Single Action Army at his side. It was standard issue for the U.S. Army for nearly two decades at the end of the 1800s and is still a popular handgun today. It has been chambered in a wide variety of calibers and can often be found with decorative engraving. 

Colt Single Action Army (Last Cowboy) -
Colt Single Action Army (Last Cowboy) –

Ruger Vaquero Modern version of the SAA

The Peacemaker was not without its problems. Despite being iconic, it was often carried by cowboys with only five rounds loaded. This prevented the hammer from being jostled while riding, resulting in an accidental discharge. Modern versions of the SAA, such as the Ruger Vaquero, have fixed this problem and are much safer. If you want a revolver with modern technology but the aesthetics of the old cowboy days, go this route.

Ruger Original Vaquero 45 Colt 4.75" - Item 955124750
Ruger Original Vaquero 45 Colt 4.75″ – Item 955124750

Ruger GP100 – Modern Revolvers

If you want a revolver with more than six rounds, you either have to find one that fires a smaller caliber or look for a bigger revolver. The LeMat revolver, for example, featured a nine-round cylinder plus a single 20 gauge shot but is relatively rare. Instead, look for a Ruger 357 revolver. The Ruger GP100 offers a seven-round cylinder chambered in 357 Mag.

Modern Revolvers : Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum Revolver - Item 956808078
Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum Revolver – Item 956808078

Taurus Model 905

Are you looking for a 9mm revolver for the range or for carrying? Try the Taurus Model 905. It features a transfer bar for safety, a five-round capacity, and a small frame size. A 9mm cartridge does not have a rim, so you use a moon clip instead of an extractor star. This means you always reload with what amounts to a speed loader and extract all the rounds at once. 

Taurus Model 905 Revolver 9MM Luger 3″ TALO EXCLUSIVE M905 G10 Night Sight –

Chiappa Rhino: Modern Revolvers

The Chiappa Rhino debuted in 2008 as an odd revolver. To keep the weight down, it is made out of Ergal, an aluminum alloy. It also fires from the bottom cylinder rather than the top as nearly all other revolvers do, which can help reduce muzzle flip. The hammer is inside, and the external “hammer” is actually a linkage handle that moves back into place once cocked. If you like unique handguns, this one is worth checking out from a private seller on

Modern Revolvers on Chiappa 50DS Rhino Chambered in 40 S&W,
Chiappa 50DS Rhino Chambered in 40 S&W, Item 956826383

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