Web Blast: The .44 Is Still Special
John Fires Back
By John Taffin
From November/December 2009
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WEB BLAST ADDITIONAL .44 SPECIAL PHOTOS
A true Classic– a Colt Single Action .44 Special.
Colt offered the New Frontier .44 Special in both 2nd and 3rd Generation versions.
The .44 Special is still a viable hunting cartridge especially when
chambered in a Colt New Frontier.
Another older .44 Special is this Colt New Service rebuilt by Milt Morrison.
This may well be the best factory produced .44 Special in the last
100 years; it is a Freedom Arms Model 97.
A .44 Special Colt New Service Fitz Special built by Andy Horvath;
shown forcomparison is a Colt Detective Special .38.
Andy Horvath’s rendition of a .44 Special Colt Fitz Special.
Is this accurate enough? Ruger’s new 4-5/8″ .44 Special.
Taffin’s latest .44 Special is this Colt New Service Target Model from the 1930s.
Taffin shoots his latest .44 Special, a Colt New Service Target.
Shooting a Great Western .44 Special Buntline.
Targets fired with custom .44 Special Rugers by Bill Grover and Hamilton Bowen.
This custom .44 Special was built by Ben Forkin.
Custom Ruger .44 Specials by Andy Horvath and Ben Forkin shoot great.
This ivory stocked .44 Special was built as a tribute to Skeeter Skelton by Bill Grover.
Shooting the Smith & Wesson .44 Special Triple-Locks.
Even replica Single Action .44 Specials shoot great; this one is by AWA.
Elmer Keith sits on the back porch of his Salmon Idaho
home with his 7-1/2″ Colt SAA .44 Special.
Old .44 Special Smith & Wessons still shoot great; Triple-Lock,
1926 Model, 2nd Model Hand Ejector.
In the early 1970s Skeeter Skelton encouraged converting .357 Magnum
Ruger and Smith & Wesson sixguns to .44 Special.
Two great .44 Special sixguns, a Colt New Frontier ivory stocked by
Nutmeg Sports and a Smith & Wesson 1950 Target.
Even before Colt resurrected the .44 Special SAA, bottom,
Great Western was offering their .44 Special Frontier Model.
This pair of 20th Anniversary Shootists Holiday USFA .44 Special SAAs, #1 and #2,
have been stocked with “B” Western stags by Precision Pro in honor of Taffin’s
boyhood movie hero, Wild Bill Elliott.
This custom Ruger .44 Special by David Clements is made even more versatile by
the addition of a .44-40 cylinder; stocks are by Larry Caudill.
The custom Ruger .44 Specials were built by Ben Forkin using Ruger and Colt barrels.
A pair of easy to pack short-barreled .44 Specials by John Gallagher on a
50th Anniversary Blackhawk and a Three Screw .357 Blackhawk.
A special pair of Specials by Andy Horvath. Top sixgun uses a
Smith & Wesson ribbed barrel.
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