Not quite as antiquated as might be assumed, revolvers like these can still admirably serve to defend. Here are two once common revolvers that filled holsters of lawmen across the nation through much of the 20th century. They're still the one of the very best ways to shoot .38 Special at the range and they make great bedside handguns. They can be concealed with the right holsters and apparel. The .38 Special can be quite capable in one of these revolvers with correct ammunition selection. These medium sized, 6-shot, steel-framed models handle +P ammunition with ease. They may not hold "lotsa bullets" but they are repeating handguns which offer follow-up shots.
This Colt Official Police is a NYPD gun from the 1950s and has the officer's badge number stamped on its back strap. It came to me in its Jay-Pee holster.
This Smith & Wesson Model 10 dates from the 1970s and came from a Central Texas law enforcement agency according to the pawn shop where I acquired it.
Do any other Forum members have any old police guns? Especially with interesting histories to tell?