New for 2020: Magnum Research Custom BFR .45-70 Gov't. Revolver

posted on January 29, 2020

Only one handgun stopped me in my tracks while cruising the SHOT Show floor in search of new-for-2020 handguns; a massive 17.5-inch-barreled .45-70 single action revolver that only lacked wheels to—in the words of the inimitable Louis L’Amour—“make an admirable piece of artillery.” Magnum Research makes high-end revolvers to customer’s specifications, and their BFR moniker stands for “Biggest Finest Revolver.”

This particular cannon features adjustable sights, is drilled and tapped for mounting an optic, and has an octagonal barrel and pentagon-shaped 5-round cylinder chambered in .45-70 Government. Wyatt Earp and his Buntline revolver would be green with envy.

Construction is entirely stainless steel, a transfer bar system and free-wheeling pawl render the wheel-gun safe for full-capacity carry, and the trigger is tuned to a crisp 4.8 pounds. A Hogue rubber grip keeps your shooting hand functional. The handgun is built strong and rated to fire any factory ammo on the market, including the hot stuff.

The new custom 17.5-inch barreled BFR .45-70 has an MSRP of $2,500, and delivery is four to six months out. For more information, visit


Recipe Air Fryer Pheasant Lead
Recipe Air Fryer Pheasant Lead

Recipe: Air Fryer Pheasant with Lemon and Fresh Herbs

Cooking a whole, plucked pheasant in an air fryer results in a perfectly finished bird with crisp skin and delicious, moist meat.

First Look: Hornady Security Ammo Cabinets

Assembled in the USA, Hornady Security has announced new Ammo Cabinets, a specialty security container for organizing and safeguarding ammo and much more.

Top 5 Long-Range Hunting Scopes

Here’s a look at some of the best long-range hunting scopes on the market.

Hunter Prep 101: Stand Safety, Herd Health and Minerals

Contributor Mike Roux highlights some important summertime practices for deer hunters looking for a successful fall season.

Wyoming Receives $6 Million for Elk Habitat, Research, Public Access

The RMEF and its partners allocated $6,046,939 in 2022 grant funding to conserve and improve wildlife habitat, enhance public access and assist scientific research in Wyoming.

Hardware: Maven CRS.1 3-12x40 SFP

Weighing in at just 14.2 ounces, the CRS.1 offers a clear, sharp, high contrast image and promises to do just what hunters need—put bullets on target.


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.