I don't know how I stumbled on it, but I found the Charter Arms Bulldog Pug .44 Special revolver online, and thought it was a really neat idea. It was a shoe-in for a spot on my list, and I wanted it as a future, Winter-time carry gun when I could more easily hide the extra bulk and weight. But the reviews I'm finding are pretty mixed, from "I had it for years, shot thousands of rounds through it, and it still functions fine" to "It locked up on me and I sent it to the factory. Got it back and couldn't dry-fire it for a whole cylinder before it locked up again." And more like that. A revolver's big advantage is supreme reliability, so without that, I'm not very interested. I looked at other .44 options. Smith & Wesson has their Night Guard 329 which looks great but the MSRP is over $1000. Taurus has a Model 444 Ultralite which is made with Titanium for some reason, and is still pretty expensive at $733 MSRP. I wouldn't mind a Taurus for a plinking .22 but I've heard so many opposing opinions on them that I don't know if I could depend on one for my life. Ruger's only offering is their handcannon Alaskan which is supremely cool, but is also huge and heavy and also MSRPs for $1000. I don't think I'd use .44 Magnum out of whatever I found to fill this role, and choose .44 Special in stead (provided I could find any...) as I have no delusions of controlling high-powered Magnum loads with a 3" barrel. Still, I have a thing for the .44 caliber. Am I just going to have to save for a while and pay a grand for a decent one? Do you guys have experience with short-barreled .44s?