Skip to comments.Vanity: Need .44 Revolver links
Posted on 06/05/2006 8:07:40 AM PDT by Robert Teesdale
Hey - a quick vanity question here. A friend is looking for recommendations on a carry pistol while biking up in the Colorado mountains. I am recommending a shrouded hammer, short-barrelled .44 for him. Unfortunately I am having trouble finding a shrouded hammer, short barrelled 44. Anyone have a suggestion?
Charter arms 44 spcl. Bulldog... a good buy if you can find a used one.
David Berkowitz may be able to give you a good deal on one.
I'm recommending the Ruger SP series in .357 or the Charter Arms. The Charter Arms though is unshrouded.
heheheh... I've had one for years...I've long forgotten how many bazillion rounds I've put through it... it's an inexpensive workhorse..
Well, S&W makes a short-barrel .44 mountain gun, but I think since you don't get grizzlies in Colorado, a .357 should suffice - there are compact 5-round .357s, and you can also shoot .38 specials out of it as well for practice.
I guess is he more concerned about 4-legged varmints or 2-legged ones?
I may be mistaken, but I don't believe anyone makes a shrouded-hammer revolver in .44 caliber.
Man, that's a hand cannon!!!!
Go with a 4" .44MAG, with a standard profile barrel, like the SW 629 Mountain Gun or an equivalent Ruger/Taurus.
Why do you want to buy a wimpy 44? :)
Makes my hand hurt just lookin...
Anyone have any user feedback on the Springfield Armory XD 45ACP? It's gotten rave reviews, but my local gun shop rep says they have a reputation for blowing up and are made by kids in Croatia. What gives?
The Smith AitLite PD weighs only 12 ounces.
Go to Smith&Wesson's site.Also,Charter Arms.They make a short-barreled .44Mag called"The Bulldog"."The Son of Sam"swore by it!
Would you consider a semi-auto instead of a revolver? A subcompact Glock has no hammer at all and you can get them in many calibers including .357 and .45.
I thought the Bulldog was a 44 Special.
I would second the Ruger Alaskan suggestion. Chambered in .454 Casull it can also be loaded with the milder .45 Long Colt rounds.
Read this as "hiking". For a mountain biker, weight is a big deal.
I'd consider a short barreled .357Mag, like the Ruger SP101/GP100 or SW 360/386.
they have a private gun market
Just get a .38 snub nose hammerless and load with wad cutters. Easy to fire from the pocket.
Yeah. Look for a smaller caliber. I'm assuming this guy is not familiar with firearms or he would be making his own choice. A .44 is a cannon and short of a bear, something in a smaller caliber will offer more choice and be more user friendly.
Charter Arms apparently does not make a hamerless or shrouded 44 spcl. I don't know of anyone who does. Maybe Charter did in years past and a used one can be found.
I agree with others here. The 44 special makes a big hole, but is rather enemic. Many 357's will provide sufficient power and can be found in the configuration you cited.
Glock makes a 10mm compact semi-auto that produces a great deal of power in a small, light package (Model G29).
Gun porn on a Monday. We truly live in a blessed age...
I know of no shrouded hammer 44 mag revolvers.
However, if he can afford it, smith and wesson offers a scandium frame model of the smith model 29 that might be perfect for him as a back packer. I think it runs about $800. It is very light.
Personally, Id rather opt for a 10MM Glock, unless I was going to Alaska. THe 10mm has great penetration and is roughly equal to a 41 mag in power. If you pick the Glock 20, it has 15 rounds in the mag too.
BS on them blowing up. They are getting universally fine reviews. I wish I could afford one right now.
They are made in Croatia though.
Oh man, is there any hope of having functioning wrists after firing that? Not to mention ears?
What did you say?
.454 is a huge, intimidating cartridge for a non-shooter, esp in a small-ish platform like the Ruger.
For Alaska, or Montana where 1000lb bears are common, maybe a good choice, but for a 120lb Cougar, a properly loaded 357 or .44 Magnum is PLENTY of gun.
.44 Mag is reasonably suitable for bears, properly loaded.
The .480/.454 is too much gun, too heavy, excessive recoil, for a non shooter concerned about relatively small predators.
Ruger is now offering the Alaskan snubbie in .44 mag.
I am a total firearms novice, but the two times I've been to a range there was a guy (same guy both times) a few booths down with a .454.
Simply unbelievable how loud that thing was.
I stand corrected!My favorite .44Mag is my S&W"Classic"w/5" barrel and full lug.
I've shot an 8" .44 S&W Model 29 in the California desert. I kid you not, the muzzle blast would make the pickup truck move.
One of the things on my mind is that if I ever need to discharge a firearm in a home defense situation, I probably would have to kiss my hearing goodbye.
The only negative is 10MM round is not on every gun store shelf.
Good to know thanks. I can't afford one right now either as I bought a Glock instead.
Yeah, even through earplugs and earphones!
That is true eric, so do what I do.
Order your ammo a case at a time from www.ammoman.com
I dont have a 10mm(always wanted one), but I did get 45acp ball from them, and a friend just bought a case of 308 match ammo from the company for his new DPMS Arms 308 M-4 style rifle.
I went the .40 route with my Glock. I was a little apprehensive about the popularity of the round but its become almost as common as .38 Sp. I have a 6 inch blue Python I got in 1970. Its in 95 percent condition. I have pretty much retired it in favor of the semi auto.
If you can live with factory loads, then the Glock is probably the most reliable handgun one can carry.
I have a 17 and a 26, and have pretty much standardized on the 9mm for daily carry.
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