There is a story in the Texas Monthly this month that a sheriff in Bee County, TX was in a gun fight and he shot it out with two guys. In the story it is said the sheriff used a Colt 44 and this was before the Colt Anaconda and it was around 1947. Could this had been a Colt New Service as the story doesn't say which Colt it is? He shot two guys and reloaded and shot them again all the while being shot 5 times with a .38. I can't hardly imagine he was using a SAA Colt unless he was fanning his pistol. That is why I imagine he was using a double action pistol in one of the .44 calibers?