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.