This is a gun I inherited. The barrel on one side says, " 44 S&W Special CTG" and on the other side it says Smith & Wesson. Chrome plated looks like. (Looking at the handle I don't know which is worse, thinking they made it with that steer ??? on it or knowing somebody modified it added it on!) I last fired the gun in the late 60s or early 70s. As I just got my S&W Shield 9mm and it says to clean and lubricate it, it got this out and cleaned it also. It may be from 1920??? I know it is old. Is 246 gr a big load for this gun? What does Special mean? I know it si loud and will punch holes in just about anything which is why when the wife and I (thank you dear) decided to get a gun for SD, I knew this was too much. So I got the Shield 9mm.