Who carries a .44 Special?

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    A couple of pre-war Smith & Wesson .44 Special revolvers.

    Top: A Model of 1926 (Third Model) that shipped in March of 1932, visiting with a friendly Triple Lock from 1910 while on a trip to Tennessee.
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    I have a couple of S&W 696s that I carry one or the other on occassion.
    Great guns, accurate, reliable and realitively easy to conceal with good leather.

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    I used to carry a Lew Horton model 24 or 624 .44 special snub it's been years since i have carried either pistol .These day's i just pull em out take em to the range on occasion and have a little fun.I have yearned for a 696 or 296 for years.
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    When I am not carrying my 1911 I carry a Charter Arms 44 special bulldog. My dream is that Ruger or S&W will bring out a nice quality all steel 44 spcl the same size as the bulldog.

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    CA Bulldog Pug.

    Kramer Gun Leather pocket holster, and a belt holster from the same. I prefer this defensive platform because of its simplicity, and large munitions. With the pocket holster, carries just fine in pants pocket. In cold weather, I switch to my belt holster, which my jacket hides.

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    Hard to beat the Bulldog Pug, in .44 special. I have other pistols & revolvers. But with the autos, in a quick think situation, "Is a round chambered? Safety disengaged?" And with all these small calibers in the attractive cute little auto frames, it would nevertheless be difficult to validate a defensive shooting if the victim had to shoot the perp multiple times.
    With the .44 special, a defensive argument is much more defendable, because only one shot was required, instead of an entire magazine. I use autos for practice on the range, a magnum for hunting, but for concealed carry - always the Charter Arms Bulldog Pug.

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    Its great to see all of the posts on here. Very nice.

    I suspect that they were carried in the capacity of a SD gun more often back in the day - when Dirty Harry popularized the .44 Mag. I'm guessing that they are mostly used for a woods gun today. Just a guess based on my perceptions.

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    Carried a Charter Undercover for years and upgraded to a stainless .44 spl Bulldog Pug that I occasionally carry now. I made a homemade billfold/holster that fits in my back pocket and hides the little pistol in what looks like a billfold sticking up if my shirt tail rides up too high.
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    I don't have a .44 Special, but I keep eying the Charter Arms.

    I'd also like to see a .44 Special Ruger SP101. That gun is enough of a beast that they should be able to up it to .44 Special in roughly the same footprint.
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    Five .44 Special chambers would be stretching dimensional capabilities of the SP 101's cylinder. There's not enough room.
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    Yes..But a Speed Six sized LCR would be splendid.

    I like the big holes as produced by a .44 Special but think that in comparison to a .357 LCR,

    my current 3 inch Bulldog...


    is a bit big for any pocket carry.

    I'll sell it eventually- and downsize to the LCR or Gen 4 Glock 33 when they become more available.

    No big hurry.

    Cost of .44 Special practice and carry ammo is also a consideration when I already shoot .357 SIG.
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    ca 44 here

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    FA M97 44SP is my hiking gun.

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    Believe it or not, I saw a Taurus .44 Special (Model 431?) Gunsite Ranch (bobbed, tuned & Raven stamped) last weekend with a 3" hybrid ported barrel. One of my best shooting buddies bought it. Only Taurus I've EVER lusted-after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Five .44 Special chambers would be stretching dimensional capabilities of the SP 101's cylinder. There's not enough room.
    The SP101 would need a slightly larger cylinder window and cylinder, but overall the SP101 and the CA Bulldog Pug are about the same size. I'd buy at least two .44 Special SP101s.
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