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Who carries a .44 Special?

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    Occasionally carry my Charter stainless Pug--will carry more now that cooler weather allows easier concealment under bulky clothing.

    I "smush" the nose of a 240g SWC into a sharp-edged meplat of .35 or so, IIRC, loaded at 650-700. Heavier bullet has more useful POI than 200g lead or jacketed, and sometimes the jacketed Blazer GDHP seem to be keyholing, although I haven't made certain. I love XTP's, but don't want to try to push one fast enough from a 2.5" barrel to get reliable expansion, since the 180g "speed demon" hits quite low.

    Although my recovery time is a bit longer than I'd like with the heavy bullet, and I don't pattern one-handed 2-3 round bursts as tightly as I'd like, I feel very well-armed with it for up-close SD. It also pulls duty as a truck gun as a second gun when I carry something smaller concealed on my person.


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    Interesting that so many folks are keen on am SP101 .44 spl. Gunsmith, inventor & innovator Paris Theodore build a few 5 shot, custom Ruger Speed Sixes...in .41 spl. Now before all the caliber experts begin to grab their torches & pitchforks, let me explain. He simply shortened .41 mag. brass to the same length as .44 spl. & developed a nice handload for it. Theo was quite an interesting character, working with any number of foreign & domestic "Governmental Agencies" and his (unclassified) work includes a heavily modified S&W 3913 pistol called the ASP. The entrance to his non-descript, almost unnoticeable New York City gun shop was very, VERY difficult to locate. He was a friend of mine, but I'm STILL not at liberty to tell you...how we became acquainted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Interesting that so many folks are keen on am SP101 .44 spl. Gunsmith, inventor & innovator Paris Theodore build a few 5 shot, custom Ruger Speed Sixes...in .41 spl. Now before all the caliber experts begin to grab their torches & pitchforks, let me explain. He simply shortened .41 mag. brass to the same length as .44 spl. & developed a nice handload for it. Theo was quite an interesting character, working with any number of foreign & domestic "Governmental Agencies" and his (unclassified) work includes a heavily modified S&W 3913 pistol called the ASP. The entrance to his non-descript, almost unnoticeable New York City gun shop was very, VERY difficult to locate. He was a friend of mine, but I'm STILL not at liberty to tell you...how we became acquainted.
    The 41 special is not a new concept or invention at all. I have been doing that for years. The 41 magnum is the only magnum that did not start out as a " special ".
    And if I recall correctly, Colt chambered some guns for the 41 special in years gone by.
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    Yep, the .41 mag was uniquely the older of the two calibers. Paris was just the only modern gunsmith (to my knowledge) to build a dedicated gun to fire only the .41 spl. I wish I had bought one of them I saw on Gunbroker about 6 years ago. The seller apparently didn't know Paris build it 'cause he wasn't mentioned. I recognised some of the features (numbered cylinders, no flutes, etc.).

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