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


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