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The recent threads discussing 2nd and 3rd Gen .44 Specials prompts me to post my recent acquisition. It's a 3rd Gen, made in 1979, with a 7 1/2" barrel. It appears to have been fired very little. There was a small blem spot in the bluing on the cylinder but otherwise it's in very nice condition. I was attracted to this one because 7 1/2" is my favorite barrel length and this one has good case colors. And I was able to get it at a good price although it came with no box/paperwork. It also appears to want to shoot! All of my other Colt, USFA, Uberti, etc. SAs are .45 Colt so this is my first .44 Spl. I enjoy shooting .44 Russian in my S&W NM 3s so I figured why not go for an SAA in .44. Next range trip I'll give it a more thorough run through at 25 yds, etc.
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.44 Special is great in an SAA, particularly if you're a reloader. I much prefer it to .45 Colt. Have fun with your new SAA.

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Greetings Ol’ Pard. Congratulations on the Colt. You’re going to find the 44 Special is indeed “Special”. I’ll never give up my 45’s or 38-40’s but if pressed would probably have to say the 44 sp. is my favorite.

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A beautiful example, and it doesn't look like it needs any work centering the barrel for windage. My 1982 made .44 Special required a trip to the late Eddie Janis of Peacemaker Specialists to turn the barrel a couple of degrees.
 

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That’s a really nice one. There’s been quite a few .44 Specials popping up here lately. The one I recently got and posted is from 1982, the peak, I think, of potentially rotten fitting and case colors. I lucked out, though my case colors are much darker than your gun which are excellent.
 

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Thanks to everyone for their responses. They are appreciated. I really like early 2nd Gens but I understand 2nd Gen .44 Specials are on the shelf next to the hen's teeth and the unicorns and priced accordingly. So I went 3rd Gen and have no regrets whatsoever. This gun is a pleasure to shoot, has a nice action and looks good. Now to decide what kind of grips I want to make for it...
 

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Very nice indeed, sir. Congratulation's.
 

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Very nice looking Colt, and while I don't have any SAAs in .44 special, I do a lot of down loading my .44 magnum stuff to .44 special pressures. I nice big slug, accurate and hits like a sledgehammer. Congratulations on your new pistol.
 

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I have never shot 44 special, but if it is anything like shooting 44-40 I would probably enjoy it.
 
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