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NO. Many of us (yours truly included) fell for the concept of lightweight guns in magnum calibers. I bought a S&W 386 Sc/S - scandium frame, titanium cylinder, stainless steel barrel liner - altogether about 20 ounces empty. With full power .357 Magnum rounds, it is impossible to control, recoil is so violent that second shots are very slow and by the time you finish a 7 round cylinder, you literally hurt too much to consider reloading it. Ouch.


The very last .44 Magnum gun I'd every buy is a titanium model. No thanks. Especially as a second (?) EDC gun. Geeezus, dude, if you need to carry 2 concealed weapons, move to a better neighborhood, find new friends, and run with a better crowd. That said, and unlike .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum is not a good choice for a SD firearm. It is far too powerful - first to control in a crisis situation, and second with serious potential for over-penetration (great for porn flicks, bad for shootouts). However, if you loaded it with .44 Special cartridges, you'd have a winner. But if you're going to load .44 Specials, why carry a large frame Magnum? Makes no sense. If you want a big bore SD handgun, Charter Arms makes the .44 Bulldog, a perfect compromise of power, size and weight.


Remember, your EDC gun is an EVERYDAY, without fail, no matter what, carry gun. Which means it has to go perfectly with absolutely everything you wear, or don't wear, year round. That means from winter parka to summer shorts and a T.
 

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I actually think it makes sense for a gun you would carry in the wilderness. Carry alot, shoot a little.

With Specials it would be great!
 

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Remember, a .44 magnum is probably going to go through your attacker and potentially harm/kill the person behind them. You are responsible for every bullet you fire, where ever it goes.
 

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Remember, a .44 magnum is probably going to go through your attacker and potentially harm/kill the person behind them. You are responsible for every bullet you fire, where ever it goes.

Well Heck a .45 230gr could do that also, I would think, but I could be wrong.
 

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I watched the video. At the 52 minute(!) mark he brought out a Taurus titanium .44 Mag revolver with a 2" barrel.

Given my experiences with Taurus firearms I would not look forward to betting my life on one of their firearms.

It is a big revolver and will prove difficult to conceal.

Recoil should prove to be punishing, to say the least. This is not good in a self defense carry handgun.

A full house .44 Mag. load out of a two inch barrel will produce an impressive fireball. You should be able to kill 'em and cook 'em with one shot. If shooting at night, you'll have to because you'll be blind after one shot. Once again, not good in a carry handgun.

All in all, it seems we have a handgun produced by a manufacturer with an 'iffy' reputation that serves no practical purpose.
 

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I agree with everyone thus far -- a titanium .44 Magnum is a bad idea. Think about it, it's like putting a v12 engine on a Volkswagen Beetle. I bought a S&W 329 PD .44 Magnum with a 4 inch barrel and it literally hurts to shoot it. The only way I've made it somewhat manageable is by swapping out the hardwoods with the included Hogue grip it came with, and also by using .44 Special Cowboy loads. Then it is TOLERABLE, but still not fun or pleasant.

The only nice thing about the gun is that it causes a massive shockwave and gets a, "What the hell is HE shooting" look from people three lanes down in each direction. Beyond that, it's a completely impractical gun. I'd take a Ruger Redhawk .44 Mag any day of the week over it, but especially so if I was using it to defend myself against bear.
 

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I've shot several 44 mags over the years and it's my next gun to get. Off hand i know i have used Rugers, S&W, Dan Wessons and possibly some others that i don't recall. All were nice guns and very fun to shoot. Depending on the gun, length and ammo they can also be punishing to shoot. Like i said very fun at the range not very practical for a carry gun unless you are dirty harry. I would suggest something in the range between 9mm and 45 acp. If you want a revolver get a .38 that can handle +p loads
 

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I've shot several 44 mags over the years and it's my next gun to get. Off hand i know i have used Rugers, S&W, Dan Wessons and possibly some others that i don't recall. All were nice guns and very fun to shoot. Depending on the gun, length and ammo they can also be punishing to shoot. Like i said very fun at the range not very practical for a carry gun unless you are dirty harry. I would suggest something in the range between 9mm and 45 acp. If you want a revolver get a .38 that can handle +p loads
Look into a S&W 29-2 .44 mag. The recoil is really not that strong on these but they are hard to find and expensive. ( I hate that damn movie ) Even shooting factory .44 one handed is not difficult. On the other hand the one I have is a an 8 3/8 barrel and that might have something to do with cutting down the recoil. Its a hog leg no question and CC is pretty much out of the question.

I looked at both the .44 and her .357 one day and noticed the barrel of the 44 is lower to the grip than the Python. Not by much but when they are side by side you can see it. I think this also cuts down on the recoil because it reduces the leverage of the barrel by bringing the fulcrum down lower. I don't really know I'm just guessing. I do know that I can shoot the 44 one handed with full loads and I would not even think of doing that with the 357.
 

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Look into a S&W 29-2 .44 mag. The recoil is really not that strong on these but they are hard to find and expensive. ( I hate that damn movie ) Even shooting factory .44 one handed is not difficult. On the other hand the one I have is a an 8 3/8 barrel and that might have something to do with cutting down the recoil. Its a hog leg no question and CC is pretty much out of the question.

I looked at both the .44 and her .357 one day and noticed the barrel of the 44 is lower to the grip than the Python. Not by much but when they are side by side you can see it. I think this also cuts down on the recoil because it reduces the leverage of the barrel by bringing the fulcrum down lower. I don't really know I'm just guessing. I do know that I can shoot the 44 one handed with full loads and I would not even think of doing that with the 357.
My dad used to have a S&W 29 and that was one of the better ones to shoot and it's high on my wish list but the cost and availability of a good used one is preventing me at the moment....That and i just dug up my septic tank and may need a new leach field. There goes all my discretionary funds. Never shot a python so i can't say.
 

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We have a scandium 337 that is a pleasure to shoot with .38 target wadcutters. I think I'd stay away from any larger caliber in such a light weight gun. I'd think you either will get the job done with the first shot - or you're damn sure gonna be dreading pulling the trigger again.

I have a 4" 629 I've worn a few times under a vest or light jacket. Much easier to control. Everyone has to go their own way. If you do decide to buy one of these flame throwers, I'd strongly suggest a S&W over the taurus.
 

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My answer is short and sweet----NO---HELL NO and DON`T!!!!!
 
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