Reliable and classic, revolvers are definitely making a comeback. For decades, wheelguns have been tossed aside in favor of more modern, semi-automatic handguns for concealed carry. But what’s old is new again. 

If you’re reading this, you probably have some handgun experience, and if you don’t, stick around. Revolvers can be a great concealed carry option. Why? Because they’re simple to operate with fewer moving parts than a semi-automatic pistol. Revolvers also have a very deliberate trigger pull, which brings the hammer back and then releases it to fire the gun. Such a long trigger pull can help reduce the chance of a negligent discharge.

While cylinder capacity on a revolver is generally limited to between five and eight rounds (depending on caliber), revolvers are a great choice for people with hand weakness or limited mobility because there’s no slide to rack. Plus, they’re fun to shoot. 

So if you’re thinking of getting a revolver for concealed carry, I took a look at five great choices for beginners. You can’t go wrong with any of these options. But be careful, a good revolver is like a potato chip, you can’t have just one. Luckily, we have great choices at to make sure you buy the best first revolver that fits your needs. 

Smith & Wesson Model 642

Caliber: .38 Special +P 
Capacity: 5
Barrel length: 1.875 inches
Weight: 15 ounces unloaded

The Model 642 has a short barrel, making it perfect for concealed carry. The overall small size and J-frame grip make it extremely concealable. The model 642 is often referred to as an “Airweight” because it’s very light with a surprisingly manageable recoil for a short-barreled revolver. The cylinder is designed to accept moon clips for fast and easy reloading. You can’t go wrong with this very popular and classic revolver.