Best 44 Special for Concealed Carry

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  1. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

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    I used to carry my CA Bulldog some, 21 ounces, 240 Gr SWCs.
    I still carry it for snakes loaded with rat shot, which is the main reason I bought it years ago.
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  2. cfullgraf

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    The 2-3/4" S&W Model 69 is about the same size as the 3" GP100 and would have similar difficulties with carrying concealed. It is also a dandy gun when shooting 44 Special level ammunition.
     
  3. TTv2

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    It's not a .44 Special, but it is a .44 and I think that makes it special. Would like it if Pietta and Uberti would get off their butts and make some smaller 5 shot versions of the Remington.

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    I'm generally not a fan of .44 SPL or Mag, but I find the .44 Mag to be far more useful in that you aren't limited with ammo choices like in .44 Spl and when Taurus makes a 5 shot .44 Mag that's not much more than a Charter Bulldog and costs less than what the Ruger GP100 .44 does, it's dubious as to what benefit .44 Spl offers. My Public Defender is a .45/.410 and makes for a great choice in the woods or the hoods, but the size can be a turn off. If I had to go down in size but still wanted more lead than what .357 can realistically offer me (I don't care for 180gr .357 in a revolver), I'd just as soon get a .40 S&W Charter Pitbull.
     
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    After trying them all , including the rare ones like S&W296 ti , I concur the Bulldog Stainless 3" original , maybe with factory bobbed hammer and with factory Pachy Compac knock off grips , is indeed the best .44 spl. one can carry with moderate loads. It does (barely) work in pocket holsters and is great IWB or outside carry or pack carry. . The stainless seem nicer finished after the original Brigeport Conn. ones. They are easier to "polish out" and I suspect stronger overall.
     
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  6. UncleEd

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    aaaaa,

    Sorry to learn you expect meeting drug crazed
    perps. Any chance of moving to a better
    neighborhood? :(:(:(

    And keep in mind, any .44 is going to be rather
    bulky. If you don't encounter any drug crazed
    perps in a year or two, bets are on you'll just
    leave that kind of gun home.

    So, I'll start the tread drift: Get a snubby
    .357. Recoil won't be any worse than a .44
    Special in a small revolver and you'll have
    plenty of different rounds to choose from.

    And remember, placement beats caliber
    size. Of course, if you expect to meet
    up with multiple drug crazed perps
    regularly, get a hi-cap auto. :eek::eek::eek:
     
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  7. Buckeye63

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  8. Buckeye63

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    I live in a quaint little town .. nice neighborhood

    Which is eaten up by Meth heads … always looking for a score … which they are always looking for a mark…
    It is everywhere.. I couldn’t imagine how you could completely escape it …
    My answer is “ Go heeled “
    Protect yourself, loved ones and property..
     
  9. TTv2

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    How's the recoil?
     
  10. .38 Special

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    Well, I guess @BobWright is about my favorite gun carrier in the group. How I would love to open carry an SAA in a fine holster!

    In my situation, IWB is the only realistic option. I occasionally carry an N frame in .44 Special, but it's never really comfortable. The Model 69 is intriguing, but is still a lot of gun. So I throw in with the Charter Arms lot. The Bulldog is never going to be a candidate for engraving and ivory grips, but for EDC among the "It has to start with a '4'" crowd, I think it is exactly the right answer.
     
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  11. Tallball

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    The Bulldog is light enough to carry. My other 44's are too heavy to CC comfortably.
     
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    Sad it is everywhere. My Sleepy town now has shootings and a decent amount of drug activity and thefts.

    People online say how bad the town has gotten and that they want to move, but everywhere is like this now. It just depends on how many stories become public
     
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  13. wcwhitey

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    Just curious has anyone had a problem with a Bulldog? Mine is a quality solid and very reliable revolver. Much better overall than my Professional. I just wonder if the recent Bulldogs are recommendable.
     
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