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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

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A true Classic– a Colt Single Action .44 Special.

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Colt offered the New Frontier .44 Special in both 2nd and 3rd Generation versions.

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The .44 Special is still a viable hunting cartridge especially when
chambered in a Colt New Frontier.

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Another older .44 Special is this Colt New Service rebuilt by Milt Morrison.

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This may well be the best factory produced .44 Special in the last
100 years; it is a Freedom Arms Model 97.

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A .44 Special Colt New Service Fitz Special built by Andy Horvath;
shown forcomparison is a Colt Detective Special .38.

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Andy Horvath’s rendition of a .44 Special Colt Fitz Special.

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Is this accurate enough? Ruger’s new 4-5/8″ .44 Special.

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Taffin’s latest .44 Special is this Colt New Service Target Model from the 1930s.

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Taffin shoots his latest .44 Special, a Colt New Service Target.

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Shooting a Great Western .44 Special Buntline.

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Targets fired with custom .44 Special Rugers by Bill Grover and Hamilton Bowen.

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This custom .44 Special was built by Ben Forkin.

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Custom Ruger .44 Specials by Andy Horvath and Ben Forkin shoot great.

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This ivory stocked .44 Special was built as a tribute to Skeeter Skelton by Bill Grover.

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Shooting the Smith & Wesson .44 Special Triple-Locks.

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Even replica Single Action .44 Specials shoot great; this one is by AWA.

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Elmer Keith sits on the back porch of his Salmon Idaho
home with his 7-1/2″ Colt SAA .44 Special.

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Old .44 Special Smith & Wessons still shoot great; Triple-Lock,
1926 Model, 2nd Model Hand Ejector.

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In the early 1970s Skeeter Skelton encouraged converting .357 Magnum
Ruger and Smith & Wesson sixguns to .44 Special.

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Two great .44 Special sixguns, a Colt New Frontier ivory stocked by
Nutmeg Sports and a Smith & Wesson 1950 Target.

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Even before Colt resurrected the .44 Special SAA, bottom,
Great Western was offering their .44 Special Frontier Model.

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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.

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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.

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The custom Ruger .44 Specials were built by Ben Forkin using Ruger and Colt barrels.

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A pair of easy to pack short-barreled .44 Specials by John Gallagher on a
50th Anniversary Blackhawk and a Three Screw .357 Blackhawk.

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A special pair of Specials by Andy Horvath. Top sixgun uses a
Smith & Wesson ribbed barrel.

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