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.45 Colt

I sat down to my reloading bench this morning to put together some .45 Colt ammo for my new Ruger Flattop. It got me to thinking: The .45 Colt just might be the best—or at least the most versatile—handgun cartridge of all time. Of course, that only holds true if you consider the role of a handgun in its traditional sense—a reactive tool for stopping threatening or edible creatures at close range.

May 25, 2012

A New .45

A couple of years ago, the Louisiana-based firearms distributor Lipsey’s put together a contract with Ruger to produce a Blackhawk Flattop .44 Special revolver. Seems they took notice that quite a few original Flattops in .357 Mag. were making their way to custom revolversmiths to be converted into the better caliber. I was just about to do the same when Lipsey’s announced the special run. Two barrel lengths were offered—4 5/8 and 5 1/2 inches—and because I am head-over-heels in love with the .44 Special cartridge I ordered one of each. The 4 5/8-incher is pretty much a constant rider in my truck.

February 14, 2012