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The .44 Special: A Big-Bore Favorite

The .44 Smith & Wesson Special has had a virtual cult-like following for most of its 100-plus-year existence and became a favorite of many western lawmen and self-defense practitioners.

This Old Gun: Colt Anaconda

Watch this American Rifleman Television segment of "I Have This Old Gun" to learn more about the Colt Anaconda revolver chambered in .44 Mag.

The .44 Special: History & Performance

Here we take a look back at the history of the .44 Smith & Wesson Special cartridge along with its ballistic capabilities.

Back to Basics: Running the Single-Action Revolver

Those who carry a single action revolver do not feel they are giving up much compared to their fast-firing semi-automatic cousins.

A Look Back at the .44 Special

As the 20th century was about to debut, the brass at Smith & Wesson decided on a new double-action revolver design called the Hand Ejector Model. More powerful cartridges were in high demand so the company developed a solid frame with a swing-out cylinder to replace its top-break double actions.

The Case for the .44 Special Cartridge

A few gun manufacturers are currently making handguns for the old Special and it seems to be making somewhat of a comeback in popularity.

Tested: Ruger GP100 .44 Special Revolver

At long last, Ruger's sturdy medium-frame revolver is ready to launch big-bore cartridges.

Tested: Charter Arms Boomer .44 Spl. Revolver

Charter trims its signature 5-shot .44 into a sleek, light-weight concealed-carry gun.

4 Favorite Forgotten Handgun Cartridges

Despite the prolific popularity of particular pistol and revolver cartridges, several excellent options are hanging on around the edges of the handgun mainstream.

Hornady Critical Defense .44 Spl. Ammunition

Hornady Critical Defense .44 Spl. ammunition combines "premium" performance with modest recoil.

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