By Florence on Jan 12, 2022

5 Best 9mm & .45 ACP Revolvers

5 Best 9mm & .45 ACP Revolvers
The 9mm and .45 ACP are two of the most popular handgun cartridges in the world, with nearly every major manufacturer producing at least one weapon in each caliber.

Why A 9mm Or .45 ACP Revolver?
To begin with, both of these cartridges are incredibly popular all over the world, so you'll never be far from a store that sells a large range of ammo.
As a result of its popularity, you have a large selection of defensive and range/training ammunition.
Let's look at some recommendations based on our testing and carry experiences with 9mm and.45 ACP revolvers now that that's out of the way.

Best 9mm And .45 ACP Revolvers
There are many excellent 9mm revolvers on the market, and not all of them could be included on this list. These are the ones that are the most dependable, the ones that perform the best, and the ones that offer the best value for money.
1. Ruger LCR
Ruger has earned a name for itself in the low-cost carry market, and the LCR revolver demonstrates the company's devotion to high-quality at a low cost. The LCR is a popular backup gun of ours, and its 1.87" barrel makes it ideal for ankle or pocket carry.
2. Ruger SP-101
Ruger is back on the list with the SP-101. This is the ideal option for anyone searching for a 9mm revolver that is both inexpensive and reliable.
It has a machined back sight, is lightweight, and comes in three different barrel lengths. It's basic and uncomplicated, but if you need something to keep in a toolbox or glove box, this is a great option.
3. Smith & Wesson Performance Center Pro 986
If you're seeking for the greatest revolvers, you'll most likely be considering Colt or S&W. In this situation, Smith & Wesson's Performance Center Pro model 986 takes the top spot.
4. Ruger Redhawk
For less than a grand, you can acquire a revolver that not only fires the .45 ACP, which is a great choice for two-legged threats, but also has the option of switching to the .45 Long Colt for a little extra oomph against bears, boars, and other things that start with the letter "B."
Because of the two calibers you have access to, you have a little more freedom when it comes to carrying the Redhawk in this caliber, as you can cover more potential circumstances than most other handguns can.
 5. Smith & Wesson 625
The S&W 625 is a.45 ACP revolver designed for competition.
For roughly $850, you get a 4" barrel and a gun that weighs around 40oz to absorb the.45 ACP's comparatively light recoil (in a gun this heavy, anyway).

Revolvers may be old-school, but they still have a place in the guns world. Because 9mm and.45 ACP are so common, you'll always be able to find ammo, and you're likely to already own a few firearms chambered in these calibers.
These 9mm and.45 ACP revolvers are all excellent selections if you're searching for a new revolver to add to your collection.
Scroll down and click the links to see the best prices that GunCritic found online for any of these handguns. You'll also find real reviews from real people to make sure that it's right for you!

Ruger LCR
1. Ruger LCR
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The Ruger LCR is the evolution of the revolver. Its monolithic frame is made from aerospace-grade, 7000 series aluminum in .22 LR, .22 Magnum and .38 Spl +P models and from 400 series stainless steel in the powerful .357 Magnum, 9mm Luger and .327 Federal Magnum models. The patented friction reducing cam is a next generation design in fire control systems that results in a smooth, non-stacking trigger pull and the patented polymer fire control housing holds all the fire control components in their proper dimensional relationships, reduces weight significantly and helps reduce recoil. The high-strength stainless steel cylinder is extensively fluted (reducing weight) and features a PVD finish for excellent durability. Specifications: Weight: 13.5 oz. Overall Length: 6.5" Rate-of-Twist: 1-in-16" Additional Info: Blackened Stainless Cylinder

Ruger SP101
2. Ruger SP101
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The Ruger SP101 is a series of double-action revolvers produced by the American company Sturm, Ruger & Co. The SP101 is a small frame and all-steel-construction carry revolver, with a five-shot (.38 Special, .357 Magnum, and 9×19mm Parabellum), six-shot (.327 Federal Magnum and .32 H&R Magnum), or eight-shot (.22 LR) cylinder. The Ruger SP101 was introduced in 1989 as the smaller-frame counterpart to the GP100. Both of these revolvers, together, replaced Sturm, Ruger & Co's long-standing staple in the American firearms market, the Ruger Security-Six series revolvers. A 9 mm version was available until its discontinuation around 1998, but was later re-released in early 2018. A basic .22 LR version was also available until 2003 while a redesigned version was introduced in 2011.

Smith & Wesson M986
3. Smith & Wesson M986
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The Model 986 is an L-Frame gun, which is much beefier than the J-Frame I longed for 20 years ago. However, the larger frame gives the gun several benefits a smaller gun doesn’t have. First, the Model 986 is large enough to handle a seven-round cylinder. This gives it a greater capacity than some of the 9mm pistols being designed for concealed carry today. The Performance Center went with an unfluted cylinder made of titanium. This gives it good strength without adding much weight to the package. The cylinder is gray, which contrasts nicely with the matte stainless finish of the frame and barrel. The colors give the gun an understated multi-tone look. Because the gun is designed for a rimless cartridge, it ships with moon clips to hold the ammunition.

Ruger Redhawk
4. Ruger Redhawk
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RUGER & COMPANY INC Ruger 6 Round 45 Long Colt Redhawk w/4" Stainless Barrel/Hogue Monogrip The Ruger Redhawk revolver embodies many advanced features such as a "triple locking" cylinder, a unique "single spring" mechanism for relatively lighter trigger pull, easily replaceable front sights and adjustable rear sights, and all stainless steel construction(RH455-Blue Finish). Ruger Redhawks are perfect for the big game handgun hunter who needs the power of a .44 Magnum in a rugged, dependable revolver. Moon clips not included. Only shoots 45 LC SPECIFICATIONS: Mfg Item Num: 5027 Category: FIREARMS - HANDGUNS Type :Revolver Action :Single / Double Caliber :45 Long Colt Barrel Length :4" Capacity :6 rd Safety :Transfer Bar Grips :Hogue Tamer Monogrip Sights :Adjustable Weight :46 oz Finish :Stainless

Smith & Wesson M625
5. Smith & Wesson M625
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Champion Series - Jerry Miculek Miculek Style .265 Wide Grooved Speed Trigger Jerry Miculek Wood Grip Gold Bead Patridge Front Sight on an Interchangeable Base Low Reflection Bead Blast Finish Designed in Collaboration with Jerry Miculek Jerry Miculek knows a little about ultra-fast performance. His record 12 shots, two loads of six with a reload in between, in under three seconds set the standard for speed shooting.  Smith & Wesson and Jerry Miculek have collaborated to design a revolver to deliver ultra-fast performance - the Model 625 JM.  Since the 1850s, Smith & Wesson has supported sport shooting, a part of the American firearm heritage, with new products and activities to keep the challenge alive. Along with sponsoring a wide variety of shooting sports and events across the country, Smith & Wesson is especially proud to sponsor the successful careers of Doug Koenig, Jerry Miculek and Julie Goloski Golob - three of the world's most legendary shooters as they compete and win with Smith & Wesson firearms.