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Firearm History

Dirty Harry’s Hogleg — S&W Model 29 .44 Magnum

If ever there was a firearm that should receive title billing in a movie, it was the Smith and Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum used in Dirty Harry. The synergistic combination of Eastwood’s inimitable presence and the Model 29’s unparalleled power created an enduring cinematic icon. At a time when the Age of Aquarius threatened to castrate American virility, Dirty Harry gently reminded the world that we Americans were still the baddest boys on the block.

CZ 75 pistol with a Ziplock bag of handloaded bullets

Ammunition

The General Purpose Handload

The Shooter’s Log is often asked about the ‘best’ handgun load. Unfortunately, many correspondents fail to share the intended mission of the load. The mission has a strong influence as to the desired bullet weight, velocity, and penetration. As an example, you may be perfectly happy to run the .44 Special or .45 Colt with a 255-grain SWC at 700 fps for cowboy action or target practice. If hiking in country in which the big cats or bears may be more than a nuisance, the same bullet up to 1,000 fps would be a better choice.

Two revolvers, the black barreled Super Blackhawk on the top and white-handled single action Ruger on the bottom on a white background

Firearms

The Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum

The Ruger Super Blackhawk has become an American Icon. Dirt tough, affordable, powerful and the product of Yankee technology this is a great hunting handgun. Discover why it has been such a long lasting staple in gun cabinets everywhere.

A Taurus .44 Magnum being held in both hands of a person, barrel pointed left with dirt in the foreground and trees in the background.

Firearms

Big Steel — The Taurus M44 .44 Magnum

The Taurus M44 .44 Magnum combinedf with .44 Special ammunition is a perfect weapon to protect your home. It’s also hard to beat when defending yourself against animals. Reliability, accuracy and power at a fair price … a hard combination to beat. Read this post for the details on range results and the best ways to practice using this heavy duty revolver.

Ammunition

The Birth of the .44 Mag. Cartridge

Ever heard of the Smith & Wesson NT-430? Maybe not by that name, but the easiest description would probably be to use a famous movie quote, “Go ahead, make my day.” Yep, the NT-430—later dubbed the Model 29—was famous long before Inspector Callahan wielded it in back in ’71. However, “Dirty Harry” ensured it would always have a place in firearm history, but he wasn’t the only champion of the Model 29 and the .44 Mag.

Ammunition

Cartridge of the Week, the .44 Remington Magnum

Here comes an ashtray at 1,420 FEET PER SECOND! This train needs no tunnel it makes them. This week I am going to make my hero Dirty Harry so proud of me. However, Harry one correction it was not the gun, it was the bullet that made this the most powerful handgun ever made, the .44 Remington Magnum