If i were you i would move out of the south-side of Chicago!
Reminds me of a meme i seen on FB once that said "I carry a .45 because they don't make a .46"
Seriously though, most guns and calibers out there are effective, mostly it's the shooters who are ineffective.
"An armed man is a free man. An unarmed man is a fool. A disarmed man is a slave."
A bad day shooting is better than a good day at work.
I"m a proud infidel and a white trash gun nut.
You know that little thing inside your head that keeps you from saying things you shouldn't? Yeah, I don't have one of those.
How to piss off a conservative, lie to them. How to piss off a liberal, tell them the truth.
You can't fix democrat.
Custom rig. Reallly comfy but weighty. I am able to cope with that...
There won't be much information on self defense because the incidents are very rare, but actual outcomes can be informative.
Remember that your intent is to defend yourself. What you're considering could (maybe) be interpreted as being on the offense. You're preparing for a gun fight, right?
In the cases I've studied in Texas (again, there are very few), the straightforward, no-nonsense, commonsense approach to self defense is most successful.
Good guy, no record, licensed, background check, (being a veteran helps), no social media with batcrap crazy gun swaggering, not looking for a fight and shooting from a place of fear for yourself or others, quick to call for medical help for the victim ... those matter in Texas.
The Op starts this thread in 2014 asking about a .44 Mag as an EDC. Comes back to the thread in 2018 asking if anyone here quadruple carries 4 full sized handguns. If you look at the OP's other previous posts you'll see that one of the mods called him out as being located in South Hampton England. You'll also clearly see a pattern of trollish postings from the OP for example he started a thread asking how many of us members of NGF had killed people. I'm calling this one as i see it. The OP is a troll, just look at his previous postings.
If you shoot the bad guy center mass one time with a 45 and he gets back up shoot him again. If he still gets back up run. Run as fast as you can. And pray. Pray hard because no matter what gun you use you can't kill what is undead.
More than power what you need to be concerned about is shot placement. My wife carries a 380 and with her shot placement I can promise you the bad guy is going to wish to God he had not tried anything with her and he is going to wish that for the rest of his long life. She aims low. Very low. About 5 or 6 inches below the belly button. She also hits what she aims at.
There are drawbacks to using a 44 mag for defense. I use a 40 for defense and I am pretty sure I can get three or four shots off between the time you pull the trigger and then bring the gun back down for the second shot. Now my experience with this round comes out of a S&W 29-2 that has an 8 3/8 inch barrel. I have never fired a 44 mag snubby revolver or auto loader. So that may just be the gun and my lack of experience with the round.
The other draw back is the idea of over penetration. Most defensive uses will be with in 10 feet or even less. This is just my opinion and I am sure some one will disagree with me but I think the gun is over powered at that range.
I do carry my 29-2 in certain circumstances. We like to hike and camp in very primitive areas. No one else around for miles is a good spot to build a shelter. I carry in a drop leg holster because Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh my. My better half carries a .357 of the same length for the same reasons when we go hiking for the weekend. The 44 or the 357 is easier to carry than the 30-30 or the 30-06.
Good eye , Mike Weber. Some folks from Nevada, just can't be fooled.
(Las Vegas shows us ... "All that glitters ,is not Gold " ; or to that effect.)
"Bless those who do not expect to succeed...for they will not be disappointed".
Chuck Norris sleeps with a pillow underneath his gun !
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