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- City Hunter: Although many professional gun users featured in the series tend to use revolvers, and they know how to use them, revolvers appeared also in the hands of amateurs, who tend to get humiliated when going against professionals with revolvers or semiauto, or even a disarmed Ryo.
- David Della Rocco in The Boondock Saints is given a "six shooter" when his mafia bosses Papa Joe and Vincenzo set him up to be killed — unbeknownst to Rocco, he was being sent to kill nine guys instead of the two guys they told him he would have to kill. He later uses the gun in his first vigilante murder, killing two of his ex-associates before emptying the gun into the bartender.
- Ray Ferrier in The War of the Worlds brings one with him when fleeing from the alien invasion.
- Seen in Reservoir Dogs where Mr. Orange and Mr. White try to carjack a woman. The woman hastily pulls a snubnose revolver and manages to shoot Mr. Orange.
- In Death Wish, Paul Kersey's first gun is a Colt revolver.
- Pre-Batman Bruce Wayne wields a snubnose revolver in Batman Begins when he plans to kill Joe Chill. He later throws it in the river after Chill is gunned down by the mob and he is harshly chewed out for his intent by Rachel.
- In Lethal Weapon, cautious family man Murtaugh carries a revolver, while the hot-shot badass Riggs carries an automatic. Riggs constantly calls him out on it. Lampshaded in Lethal Weapon 2, where Leo correctly guesses their weapons based on their personalities. Subverted in that Murtaugh is capable of doling out headshots with frightening accuracy and later carries a semi automatic pistol alongside his revolver as a backup weapon.
- Big Trouble in Little China: When Jack, Wang, and Eddie arm themselves after breaking into Wing Kong territory, a humorous sequence has them trading guns, each attempting to get rid of the snub-nosed revolver in favor of the shotgun or SMG.
- Nicholas Cage's character in Knowing decides he needs a gun, and appears very inexperienced, to the point of methodically reading the manual, and then proceeding to run around with his finger on the trigger, in direct violation of the many, many safety warnings in the manual. It appears to be a stainless N-frame Smith & Wesson with rosewood grips, so at least he has good taste.
- Little Shop of Horrors: Seymour, a man clearly not predisposed to violence, carries a revolver when he goes to kill Orin. He's so lacking in confidence with the firearm that he never actually uses it, Orin instead accidentally killing himself.
- In The Godfather, Clemenza provides Michael a .38 snub nose revolver to kill Sollozzo and McClusky. While he is a former Marine and World War II hero, this is his first foray into the "family business".
Sonny: You think it's like in the army, you shoot 'em a mile away? You gotta get right up close and bada-BING! You blow their brains all over your nice, Ivy-League suit!
- Clarence, the male protagonist of True Romance, favours a snubnose revolver as his Weapon of Choice. The one person he does kill with it brutally beats him beforehand and he ends up leaving his driver's licence at the scene, putting The Mafia on his trail. He tries to partake in the final shootout and gets shot in the eye for his trouble before he can fire a shot, though he does survive.
- Noah Bennet in Heroes uses a snubnose revolver the first time he tries to kill a person with special abilities.
- Perseus, a computer programmer, defends himself with a snubnose revolver in NBC's Chuck.
- Threshold Shortly before going on a dangerous mission, Cavanaugh (who is experienced with guns) gives a revolver to Caffrey, who is not experienced with guns. She initially complains that he gave her "a girl-gun", but he clarifies that a revolver is more reliable and wont jam. He goes on to state that he'll give her shooting lessons when they have more time. While she doesn't use it on that mission, she does use it to save his life later.
- Both Walter and Jesse of Breaking Bad seem unfamiliar with guns, and both end up buying small-to-medium sized revolvers when they need to arm themselves. Possibly subverted because Walter does so for a specific reason and on the advice of a competent-sounding dealer (who suggest a revolver specifically because Walt is inexperienced).
- In the second season of Bones, Dr. Brennan acquires a S&W Model 500 revolver to use as her personal sidearm. Unfortunately, being chambered for .500 magnum, the pistol is ludicrously overpowered for her. Booth later uses the gun to shoot a bad guy through a solid metal door.
- Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds switches to using a revolver sometime in series 4, possibly because of his issues with the standard-issue semi-automatics that he once failed his shooting qualification with in the first series.
- Necromunda features plasma cannons, grenade launchers, web-shooting pistols, and even an average gang member can expect to be armed with a laser rifle. Your gang's raw recruits however, are so ineffective and disposable that they are often armed with only a stub revolver...
- Probably why Alan Wake, a thriller writer with supposedly limited experience with firearms, primarily uses a revolver.
- Invoked in the first The Godfather: You are a newcomer to the mob and the first gun you get from your mentor is a snubnose. You only get better weapons, including a genuinely Better Revolver, later. In contrast, the sequel has you established as a high-level made man from the start and your starting weapon is an automatic.
- Receiver, a game that simulates using a gun as close as possible, features a Smith & Wesson Model 10. It is the easiest gun to use, because it has the least amount of mechanics that you can operate, thus making you less likely to screw up.
- This is absolutely Truth in Television. Revolvers are recommended for beginning shooters or people just looking for a weapon for home defense, due to their relatively low maintenance, ease of use, and high reliability. They can also be left loaded indefinitely, unlike semi-automatic pistols whose magazines need to be rotated occasionally to stop the spring from losing tension and causing the gun to misfeed after a single shot.
- Semiautomatics generally have more efficient internal ballistics than revolvers, with locked chambers, layouts that allow for longer barrels in the same overall frame size, and equivalent performance from smaller cartridges. This is most noticeable when seeking out compact handguns, of the type most commonly carried concealed by civilians. Compared to full-sized versions of each type of handgun, compact semiautomatics deliver much more muzzle energy than snubnosed revolvers, which lose as much as half of their muzzle energy relative to full-sized revolvers firing the same caliber.note This tends to make compact semiautomatics more credible "pocket rockets" from a stopping power standpoint (though revolvers still have some advantage in reliability).