Hey thanks guys!
I guess this has been sort of a "grail gun" for me forever though I didn't always realize it. Once, I was a young teenager perusing an older cousin's new 1970 Guns & Ammo Annual. I suppose that was the first year for the Annual (my cousin later gave it to me and I still have it). There was a firearms manufacturers' catalog in back of it. I spied the Model 57 in .41 Magnum and the cartridge appealed as being powerful but different. Back then the flashy nickel also appealed.
Later as a young adult I came to view nickel as an unappealing finish so have owned few nickel guns over the years. Only a nickel 4-inch S&W Model 19 and an assortment of nickel pre-war Colt and Smith & Wesson models came through the collection but they didn't generally stay around.
Back in early marriage, I ended up with some money burning a hole in my pocket one Saturday afternoon, thought a gun purchase would be a good thing on the spur of the moment, so set out to find a .41 Magnum. The only nearby place that sold guns was Gibson's Discount Center and I'd seen .41 Magnums in there on occasion, both Smith & Wesson Model 57s and Ruger Blackhawks. When I got there though, only .44 Magnums were available so I went down that road and haven't regretted it. The .44 Magnum has been wonderful through the years, giving me my "Dirty Harry" fix, shooting enough metallic silhouettes to construct a battleship, and taking a couple of deer. I thought I was well beyond the yearning for the .41 Magnum and over any notion of actually thinking that nickel guns looked cool.
Now, here in my dotage I've reverted back to my childhood I suppose. I still appreciate blued steel the very best of all but already have a number of blued handguns so indulged an old dream.
I sure am looking forward to playing with the cartridge.