Posted April 10, 2020 6:37 am by Comments

By Ben Philippi

A black and white portrait of my first handgun; a beautiful stainless steel Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 magnum. I still love this gun. (Photo: Ben Philippi/
My first handgun was a beautiful stainless steel Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 magnum that I purchased in 2010. In my eyes, it was, and is, the epitome of sexiness. I owned a lot of rifles, shotguns, and airguns before I got my Smith. It opened the door to many more handguns — both big and small — and a love of all things gun.
It was after coming across a Gunblast review of a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .480 by Jeff Quinn that I decided I wanted a “hand cannon.” Here was this cool looking country dude reviewing a gun capable of stopping pretty much anything in its path with a single pull of the trigger. I wanted it.
I started shopping in Los Angeles where I lived at the time. Keep in mind, this was back before sites like The search went on for a few weeks. And then one day, I stepped into Gun World in Burbank and there, under one of the glass counters, was my gun. No, it wasn’t the


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