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Who carries a .44 Special?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by CZF, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. CZF

    CZF New Member

    Anyone carry a .44 Special?

    Especially 396 Night Guard owners?
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Sometimes. Used to be a Charter Arms Bulldog, now it's a 696. The 396 looks like a fine carry pistol. Recoil should be brisk.
  3. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

    kwhi43@kc.rr.com New Member

    I do. Old made in 1974 Charter Arms Bulldog. Buffalo Bore 200 gr Wadcutter
    chronograph 950 fps.
  4. Joe_m107

    Joe_m107 New Member

    I regularly carry a S&W 329PD 44 Magnum revolver with a 2.5 inch barrel. I carry it with 200 grain Winchester SilverTip 44 Special rounds. Does this count?

    My revolver is the Alaska Backpacker 4 series. Very similar to the Night Guard series. It's stainless steel cylinder is not black, and the sights are adjustable, but otherwise, the same.

    I'm sure I'm giving up some velocity with the short barrel, but it sure is convient to carry.
  5. P5 Guy

    P5 Guy Active Member

    From time to time I have carried a S&W 696.
    A bit on the heavy side but so is the S&W 681 I have lugged around under a jacket in the Winter. Florida is not the climate for big revolvers and concealed carry.
  6. I have a friend who often carries a S&W 296 (pretty much same size) with a couple shot loads and regular JHP's while stomping the foothills of NW Colorado. He onetime walked into several hundred rattlesnakes in the spring (they were sunning, but slow and groggy due to the cool temps). He delicately stepped out of them and later commented he could not have carried enough ammo to fight them off if it had come to that. He likes the .44 Special for its size and weight, and power, for hikes. PS: I somethimes carry a Ruger Sheriff's .44 Special as a CCW. [​IMG][/IMG]
  7. Jaymo

    Jaymo Active Member

    Woof, woof.
    Charter Bulldog fan, here.
    How do I determine the age of my Bulldogs?
  8. Lawdawg45

    Lawdawg45 New Member

    I've had a Charter Arms Bulldog in one form or another in my front pocket, off duty for 20+ years.;)

  9. scaatylobo

    scaatylobo Active Member

    Customized Bulldog

    I have a customized Charter Arms bulldog that I got over 20 years ago and did carry for a few years.

    I stopped as I could not find a good way to carry backup ammo.

    Now I found the new version of the 'strips' and I have not carried it but since you reminded me,I will break it out.
  10. PRM

    PRM Active Member

    Custom Built Colt Bisley with Elephant Ivory

    Yep - I do at times. My custom Colt Bisley, .44 Special with elephant ivory grips.

    Gun work done by David Chicoine www.oldwestgunsmith.com

    Grips by Jerry Meacham

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  11. tulsamal

    tulsamal New Member

    I carried a S&W M296 Airweight for close to ten years. Liked it a lot. Especially with the 200 grain DPX all copper bullets.

    Too many of the bad guys like to wear vests now. Things like .44 Special and even my much loved .45 ACP just won't go through them. So I started carrying an HK P2000 LEM in .357 SIG instead. 12 +1 with an extra mag. Nobody can say for sure what would have happened if they had been in a certain Colorado movie theater but I would have had a better chance with the HK than with the .44 Special. That's just the facts!

  12. Liberty1776

    Liberty1776 New Member

    I carry a Taurus Tracker .44 Mag 4" with .44 Special loads... does that count?
  13. beatledog7

    beatledog7 New Member

    I have on occasion carried a Redhawk, and once or twice Specials in the chambers.
  14. Tony_the_tiger

    Tony_the_tiger New Member

    My wife carries .44 special and I usually carry .357 magnum. We are peaceful folk that stay out of trouble and give back to our community.
  15. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Active Member

    Sometimes - Rossi Model 720 It is a 5 shot K-frame size gun in stainless steel with a 3 inch barrel.
    I spent most of my life shooting 38/357 revolvers but have gotten to like this 44 Special.
  16. JERRY

    JERRY New Member

    the no longer made Rossi 720 is everything the bulldog wished it could be.

    smaller than any of the S&W types, more sturdy than any of the C.A. guns.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2012
  17. Stainz

    Stainz New Member

    My CCW was my 296, an enclosed hammer 19.7 oz Al/Ti 5-shot .44 Special, in an OWB holster. I didn't like that form of carry - and Robert Mika make me a pocket holster for it and one for a 642, too, even though I wouldn't get a 642 for some time. The 296 carries well in about 75% of my pants front pockets. I finally bought a 642 2/07 - it will pocket carry in any of my pants pockets - a definite 24/7 EDC.

    My ammo of choice for the 296 was the 200gr Gold Dot from CCI Blazer - until one split it's case in my 696 - now I carry that bullet loaded in new Starline brass loaded by Georgia Arms - actually costing the same as the Al-cased Blazers. I replace one with a first up 240gr LSWC when woods walking. The Gold Dots thoroughly destroy a 2L pop bottle full of water - and I have chronoed them at 804-808 fps from the 2.5" 296. The 642 carries +P 158 gr LSWHPs.


    Here they are holstered:


    The 396NG is a tad heavier than the 296 or original 396. May be welcomed - the 296 has a decent recoil!

  18. JERRY

    JERRY New Member

    im so damn jealous of you Stainz with that Ti .44spl 5 shooter!
  19. jimniowa

    jimniowa New Member

    I too am a .44sp fan as I carry a 2" taurus in my side panel of my truck and a Ruger SBH cut down to 4.5" when out in the field. It is a lot more fun than a .44mag, but I load for them also for hunting.
  20. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Active Member

    Caarter Bulldog Pug here. I carry it with handloads that push a 210 gr. SJHP @ 980 FPS from the 2.5" tube. Recoil is brisk, but manageable.


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