I do still have a few magnum revolvers. There’s a 1939 vintage S&W “.357 Magnum” with 6-1/2" barrel and Ruger Old Model Blackhawk .44 Magnum (circa late 1950s) also with 6-1/2" barrel. Both were gifts and aren’t going anywhere. A third is my 1969 Colt SAA 2nd Generation .357 Magnum with a 4-3/4" barrel (the first handgun I bought legally after turning 21). I did relocate it about 20 years ago and bought it back. I keep all of them for sentimental reasons.

Finally, there is a Smith & Wesson Model 360 .357 Magnum with 1.8" barrel but it’s a lousy excuse for a .357 Magnum. Firing full charge loads in it is almost a crippling affair. I only feed it .38 Specials now and it travels most everywhere I go because it only weighs about 11 oz.

It seems Americans are madly in love with magnums, both rifles and handguns. There are now handgun rounds that make .44 Magnums seem weak. My feeling about them is if you need a handgun this powerful, you’re in dire need of a rifle.

A few years back a friend — in an effort to sell me his .416 Remington Magnum — showed how it would shoot through a telephone pole. (It was his pole so we weren’t committing an act of vandalism!) No way would I buy that thing! Another time a fellow shoved his .470 Nitro double rifle at me and said, “Try this!” No way, Buster, I shoot rifles in competition. One blast with this cannon and I’d flinch for an entire season!

For a good portion of my adult life there have been magnums of one sort or another within reach. But having reached seven decades, I’m really happy shooting gentler non-magnum rifles and handguns.