I like the color of your grips. They look good with stainless.
July 3, 2006, 12:29 PM
The only 44 Special I have is a fairly cheap Charter 2000 Bulldog Pug, It shoots pretty well and is really light weight but it isn't built for longevity. But the price is right and seeing as it's my fly fishing gun I want something that I won't be so attached to when I take a dunk in the creek.
July 3, 2006, 12:50 PM
This (http://www.fototime.com/D387EEBEAC7FF03/standard.jpg) is one of a pair of 1950 Target .44 Specials that were shipped in 1955 to St. Louis and New Orleans, respectively. They wound up in the same collection and were both returned to S&W in 1970 for work. One had its barrel cut to 5" and a smooth trigger fitted. The other one got 5" replacement barrel and also got the smooth trigger. Not sure why one was cut and one got a new barrel. Maybe this was the last spare barrel in inventory?
An interesting fact is that the guns are one digit off from being consecutively numbered (S140775 & S143776, exactly 3,000 apart). One is in bright blue and the other in satin. The one with the replacement barrel seems to shoot a tad better. I'll have to check the crown on that modified barrel.
Other one. (http://www.fototime.com/24C1698EC87260A/standard.jpg)
Here's my 3G Colt SAA in .44 Special. Yes, that's genuine ivory.
July 3, 2006, 01:59 PM
Here's mine...pleasure to shoot. I've recently begun reloading for her. Great boat gun. (fending off pirates and taking out the odd big shark.)
Clements Custom Guns .44 Special based on an Old Model (3 Screw) Ruger Blackhawk.
July 4, 2006, 03:16 AM
Starting at the top. Target Model of 1950. Model 1926. 2nd Model from 1925. Triplelock from 1910.
July 4, 2006, 10:19 AM
Man, I'd gladly arm wrestle you for that 5" 1926. Sought one for 30 years and finally gave up as I just couldn't bring myself to pay what people wanted for those things on the rare occasions that I found one for sale.
July 4, 2006, 01:20 PM
Here's an older version of the Charter Arms Bulldog. Three inch barrel, exposed ejector. Came with small wooden boot grips but I opted for Charter's rubber finger groove wrap arounds which make it a very nice range gun. The 2.5 inch version like Enkindlers gun with small grips is a good choice for pocket carry, need to get one of those as well.
No pictures, but I did pick up my first .44 special hand gun July 1st. It's a 3" S&W 624 about 20 years old and in pretty fair condition.
July 5, 2006, 08:07 PM
Here's a pic of my recently purchased Smith 296 .44 special. The gun weighs about 18 ounces. I took it to the range for the first time over the weekend and shot about 25 rounds through it. It has a pretty healthy kick to it but is pretty quick for subsequent shots. I love how the rosewood grips look on the gun, but the web of my hand was pretty sore when I was done so I might get some rubber grips for CC.
July 5, 2006, 08:24 PM
I love how the rosewood grips look on the gun, but the web of my hand was pretty sore when I was done so I might get some rubber grips for CC.
I would keep the wood grips for carry and get a set of rubber for the range. The wood grips don't snag on clothing like rubber. That's why I added woods to my 720.
July 5, 2006, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. Do you know of an online maker of rubber grips I can look at?
July 5, 2006, 11:15 PM
Here is my backpacking carry. It is a Smith & Wesson .44 Special Mountain lite. It holds 5 in the tubes and weighs 18 oz empty. I love it!
Some really nice guns & pictures. I'll add a a couple more: S&W M24-3 and S&W M296; AKA:
And "the beast".....:D
July 5, 2006, 11:50 PM
That Reeder is something to behold! It makes my mouth water!
July 6, 2006, 12:20 AM
Oh boy... I should have never looked at this thread because now I must have one of those little beasties. :evil:
July 6, 2006, 12:38 AM
That Reeder HAS TO BE one of the Nicest Wheelies I have EVER SEEN!!!
Where did you find her?
She is Gorgeous!
Stephen A. Camp
July 6, 2006, 12:43 AM
An old Taurus Model 431 with Corbon 200-gr. DPX ammunition...
This S&W Model 24 frequently accompanies me to the deer blind in hunting season.
July 6, 2006, 12:56 AM
:banghead: Oh boy... I should have never looked at this thread... :what:
That's what I'm thinkin'...!
Bullet Bob, that's one of the most unusually good looking revolvers I've ever seen. Very interesting.
saber, since I swore to finally get a BODYGUARD, now I'm looking at the 296, etc. with renewed interest.
I wonder how I could get a 'shrouded hammer' on one on those!
July 6, 2006, 02:02 AM
Thanks for the compliments on the Reeder
I basically sent Gary my 44mag Vaquero and had him put a freefloat cylinder, octagon barrel and bisley hammer on it and refinish it. It's amazing and has the best trigger I've felt on a Ruger. I mainly shoot specials out of it and the occaisional magnum if I'm feeling masochistic. here's some more pics
That's one beautiful snubby you have there. For rubber grips, although they're slightly bigger than the boot grips, you might check out Pachmayr Compacts or Hogue grips.
July 18, 2006, 07:26 AM
Here's another shot of my 696...
...and the photoshop job I did to it.
July 18, 2006, 02:01 PM
If you find the recoil of your lightweight .44 a bit stout, you might try using Glaser .44 Specials for serious social work and public sanitation. The Glaser has a lighter charge, but velocity to make up the difference.
I tried them in .357 and thought for sure they were squib loads until I examined the targets (various water filled containers)!
As a plus, there were no exit holes, and riccochet factor is very low with the prefragmented projectile.
Fits my hand like a glove - shoots to point of aim, I really like this revolver.
July 23, 2006, 07:58 PM
My grips were a little too long for carry and they were very slick. So I did some customizing. I shortened the grip, and used a dremel to create more of a texture. I also refinshed them in a walnut stain. I like how they have an old rustic look. Here are some before and after pics.
Here's a picture of my Galco carry rig. The holster is a customized speed master. The leather I removed made it difficult to holster and was causing it to print through my shirt. It's much better now.