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    Go Ahead, Make My Day...Shooting the .44 Magnum

    "Go ahead, make my day."

    Had a great outing with my "new" Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum:



    The S&W Model 29 was made famous in the Dirty Harry series of movies and brought great attention to the .44 Magnum cartridge, which had been developed by Elmer Keith in the 1950s based on his extensive research and reloading, and personal use, of .44 Special cartridges that he loaded to very high pressures.

    The first Model 29 revolver was built by Smith and Wesson in December 1955 and released to the public in January 1956.

    The .44 Magnum is based on a lengthened .44 Special case, loaded to higher pressures for greater velocity (and thus, energy). The .44 Magnum has since been eclipsed in power by the .454 Casull, among others; nevertheless, it has remained one of the most popular commercial large-bore magnum cartridges. When loaded to its maximum and with heavy, deeply penetrating bullets, the .44 Magnum cartridge is suitable for short-range hunting of all North American game—though at the cost of much recoil and muzzle flash when fired in handguns. In carbines and rifles, these are non-issues.

    The release of Dirty Harry in 1971 gave rise to enormous interest in the Model 29 revolver, the Model 29-2. The "real" Dirty Harry Model 29 has a 6.5" barrel. The Model 29 in this video has the 8" barrel.

    S&W's production of a large N-frame revolver in .44 Magnum began in 1955; the Model 29 designation was applied in 1957.[1] It remained primarily the province of handgun enthusiasts, some law enforcement personnel and hunters until 1971, when Clint Eastwood made it famous as "the most powerful handgun in the world" in the movie Dirty Harry. After the movie's release, retailers had trouble keeping the Model 29 in stock.

    At the time of its introduction, the Model 29 was the most powerful production handgun. There were a number of custom, or wildcat, calibers that were more powerful, as in the old Howdah pistols of the 19th century. Elmer Keith's achievements in maximizing the power and performance of the .44 Special was the inspiration and driving force behind the introduction of the .44 Magnum by Smith & Wesson. His intention for the new round was to be used in sidearms for hunters of large, dangerous game, rather than for self defense, though with today's specialty cartridges, it can be a good defensive round.

    The Model 29 will chamber and fire .44 Special cartridges, as the .44 Magnum was developed from the .44 Special. The Magnum case is slightly longer to prevent magnum rounds from being chambered and fired in handguns chambered for the .44 Special.

    In the late 1990s, Smith and Wesson discontinued production of many models of revolvers, including the 'basic' Model 29; since then, at various times, the model, in limited or 'custom' configurations, has been manufactured in as many as 10 evolutions.

    The Model 29 featured in this video is a Model 29-3, manufactured in the early 1980s. The revolver shown was purchased by a gentleman who used it only a couple times and then tucked it in his gun safe, a common event, given the heavy recoil and noise of the .44 Magnum.
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    Gotta Love the .44 Mag. I have a Ruger Redhawk, same barrel length as your gun and I absolutely love it.They are so fun to shoot.They definitely turn heads at the range .Thanks for sharing that video

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    I was introduced to the Model 29 back in 1975. Instructor handed me one after I had just put 10 rounds thru a police riot shotgun. So not only did I end up with a sore shoulder that night, I ached thru my whole right arm. But I still hit the target.
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  5. That is awesome, so can you go bear hunting with that? I see that you control the recoil on it pretty good those.

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    I'll keep my Ruger .454 Alaskan.
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    Looks like a fun revolver to shoot.


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    My .44 Mag. Vaquero with 7-1/2 inch barrel and Hoque grips is a sweet shooter.
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    Those Hogue grips look really comfortable. I may have to try some different grips on my 44 mag.
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    Yes, you can take bear with a .44 Magnum. Of course, I would NOT go after bear with this pistol alone, but would have a trusty 12 Gauge with 3" magnum slugs with me as well.

    :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpdude View Post
    Gotta Love the .44 Mag. I have a Ruger Redhawk, same barrel length as your gun and I absolutely love it.They are so fun to shoot.They definitely turn heads at the range .Thanks for sharing that video
    Not trying to criticize nor make fun but the intent of this forum and the firearms discussed is all about self defense and has nothing to do with "turning heads at the range". I also have "looked over" several stalls to see what all the "noise" was and it usually is one of these revolvers. My comment would be that if you want such a revolver, you had better know how to use it and use it competently and effectively and not just because people turn their heads. Once you expend your 5 shots, all that power is now just a hunk of metal. Just trying to put a dose of reality into the thread. Personally, I have an FN5.7 X28 semi auto with 20 rounds and 1 in the chamber. Light weight, lo recoil, and devastating velocity and accuracy at distance--that is what I consider self defense. Not sure how others read this but it is not meant to criticize in any way, it is meant to put some realism into what a 5 shot revolver, regardless of power, can and cannot do for you.

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