- Jul 25, 2010
Search Amazon for gel padded motorcycle gloves. They have flames on the back.
My first and only .44 Magnum is my 1993 Bisley Super Blackhawk. I bought it after returning from my second tour in Korea. While overseas I read an article (in Guns and Ammo?) about custom pistols from Stoney’s Pistol Palace in Sarasota. They performed a trigger and action job on it for ~$100? on a new pistol that cost me $399 IIRC. I bought it to carry while bow hunting at my next duty station, Fort Carson, CO. I MUCH prefer the Bisley grip with heavy rounds. I recently picked up a Super Redhawk in .454 Casull that is punishing enough to shoot that I’m in the market for a padded glove. I have never needed one with the Bisley.Wow, a heck of a thread retrieval, more life than the original. Guess I should go on record.
I likely don't handle a 44 mag as well as I used to as it's probably been over a year since I've shot a full house load. But, I used to be reasonably proficient, shooting them weekly & having killed several deer with them.
Have had OM flattop BH's, Super BH's, Redhawks, N & L frame Smiths, including the sadistic 329 in 44 mag. Hate to think if this older man could even hold on to it for 6 shots. Thought about stepping out the back door & trying it. I'll think more about that after I've shot my Bisley for a few cyl. fulls first, to see if I even care for that. Folks that have difficulty with the 44 should try a Bisley if they haven't, the grip helps some.
Skeeter Skelton? I've really missed him. Have his books & they still get opened to this day.
Maybe my best effort with a 44. 1988
Try leather motorcycle gloves. With a padded palm. I have a store in St Joseph, MO that sells nice, soft elk hide gloves. They are good to wear shooting.First time I shot a .44 M I was 21, 22, something like that. A friend's dad had a Super Blackhawk and the one time I shot it, six rounds was enough for me. The last three my trigger finger was sore due to the thing flipping up so much. I concluded that I hated the .44 M. But I grew up shooting DA revolvers, mostly S&W, and probably don't know how to grip a plow-handle SA correctly.
Fast forward twenty-odd years and my brother-in-law had a Redhawk 7.5" inherited from their dad. We split a box of ammo 25 rounds each and I loved it. Bought my own off Gunbroker within a month.
I'm not a big, tough guy (tall and skinny) but that gun really works for me, even with the few +P loads I made from recipes in Handloader #246 (300 grain pushing 1400 FPS). Admittedly, I shoot a lot of stuff that's more like hot .44 Special or Magnum starting loads. Handloading for the .44 is the best hobby.
My fingers are long so I find the stock grips a little small. I've been meaning to order a slightly bigger set of smooth wooden grips for years to see if a bit more leverage helps me hold on target easier. Other than that, the only problem I have is that the backstrap tends to pull up a blister/tear in the skin on my thumb with full Magnums. I try to remember to put on some sort of work glove for heavy loads.
On the subject of gloves, my wife didn't like handling my MkIIs because she said they were "trying to pinch her." (I know, stop riding the slide!) I bought her a pair of thin leather batting gloves or golf gloves (forget which) from a Big5 and problem solved. She then liked the MkII enough to buy herself a Mk IV 22/45 Lite.
No padding needed, just something to protect my girlish skin a bit.Try leather motorcycle gloves. With a padded palm. I have a store in St Joseph, MO that sells nice, soft elk hide gloves. They are good to wear shooting.