We wrote this article for Robert Farago and his Blog, The Truth About Guns. In this article we dove into the history of the Shotshell Revolver and why it would not be fair to say the Smith & Wesson Governor is just a Taurus Judge Clone.
Let’s start with this: is Ruger’s new 1911 a copy of Smith & Wesson’s budget-minded 1911? More likely, Ruger’s copying the original Colt m1911 patented by John Moses Browning designed on February 14, 1911. While reviewing modern firearm patents you will find many, or most, reference previous designs in their work. They may have used the safety mechanism or possibly the firing mechanism from a previous design and adapted it to their current design. The truth about guns is that most of them are copies. One could even argue they are all copies. Now about the Smith & Wesson Governor . . .
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