very very cool little gun. Id be proud to own it.
Thank you Lloyd, that is a great complement.
The idea for this revolver has been on my mind for a long time, starting with an article that I read in American Handgunner back in June of 1988. Massad Ayoob wrote an article entitled "4x44", where he extorted the benefits of a 4" 44 Magnum, and one of the guns he talked about was one chambered for a wildcat cartridge called a ".44 JAG", which was made to approximate the .44 automag and be able to be used in a wheelgun with the full moon clips.
Since that day, the idea of a handy .44 mag revolver has been in the back of my mind, and I've ran the gamut of 4" Smith and Wesson revolvers, 4 5/8" Ruger Blackhawks, Super Blackhawks, Vaqueros, and I even cut down the barrel on a Redhawk to 4" (before Ruger started making them factory). While all these were good, they just didn't fit.
This summer I fell for the 3" 629, and started shooting it frequently. I realized pretty quickly that if I was wanting to run warmer loads, the pretty wood grips had to go.
I added the Pachmayr grips, and then made the decision to have the cylinder cut for the clips.
When I got it back and hit the range, I realized that I have finally achieved my goal. It's a handy .44 Magnum, controllable with the cushioned grips, able to be reloaded quickly with the full moon clips, and just what the Doctor ordered.
I can shoot light loads (.44 Russian), medium to warm loads (.44 Special) or warm to 'stupid' loads (.44 Magnum).
This one will stay in my possession until I'm done with guns.