10 Handguns to Own Before You Die
A “bucket list” refers to a list of things one wants to accomplish before “kicking the bucket.” The phrase was popularized in the 2007 movie, “The Bucket List,” but there are references that predate the film.
If a bucket list can be things to do and places to go—why not guns to own? I’ve compiled a list of those I believe a handgun enthusiast should have at some time in his or her life.
Smith & Wesson Model 29
At one time, the Model 29 really was the most powerful handgun in the world, and it’s still the most powerful most of us can handle. Because of its place in history, you should have one. Created by Remington and Smith & Wesson, and based on a lot of load work by writer Elmer Keith, the .44 Mag. cartridge came out in 1955. The original gun was simply known as the “Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum.” It is essentially the same handgun as the Model 27 except for the caliber. By 1957 it was known as the Model 29. The gun received star-status coverage in the shooting magazines of the late ‘50s with many stories about hunters taking on various species of dangerous game. When “Dirty Harry” hit the theaters in 1971, two legends were made: Clint Eastwood and the Smith & Wesson .44 Mag. It’s a heavy kicker, so go with the 6.5-inch barrel if you can find one. You can also shoot .44 Spls., which is a lovely cartridge.