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GUNS Magazine June 2011 Digial Edition - Page 44
I John taffin photos: Joseph R. Novelozo f the truth be told, I would not be afraid to bet there are more .44 Magnums sold than all the rest of the more powerful sixguns combined. The .44 Magnum has been used to cleanly take all big game including Alaskan brown bear, polar bear, African elephant, Cape buffalo and African lion. And since we are being truthful I would also be willing to bet the .44 Magnum is the most powerful sixgun the vast majority of shooters can actually handle. It may not be regarded as awesome as it was in 1956; however, it is just as powerful now as it was then, actually more so with all the different ammunition choices now available. More than once I have called the .44 Magnum the King of Sixguns; I see no reason to change that in the twilight years of my life. I have to admit I have not been enamored with all the creations emanating from the Performance Center, but the current model is not only one of the best looking Smith & Wesson big-bore sixguns I’ve ever seen, it also has a function matched up perfectly with its form. It handles the .44 Magnum with ease while visiting a minimum of felt recoil upon the S&W PER 44 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JUNE 2011