Elmer Keith and the .44 Magnum
Elmer Keith was a hunter, inventor, author, and guide who changed the hand gun game with his contributions. He created the .357 magnum and the .44 magnum in 1935 and 1956 respectively. He preferred hand gun hunting and felt that the .38 special could not generate enough power. The common hunter was not a skilled enough marksman to hit the vital targets on an animal.
He began experimenting with more powerful bullets which led to the creation of the .357 Magnum, a gun of approximately the same size(as the .38) that fired longer bullet casings(more powerful bullets). Still leaving the option of firing .38 casings from the same gun.
|.357 Magnum S&W|
He developed the .44 magnum in very much the same way. After convincing companies to produce the .44 magnum it became one of the most commercially successful guns ever. It was produced by Smith and Wesson and Remington.
|.44 Magnum S&W Model 29|
The .44 Magnum was made very popular to the public in the 1971 movie Dirty Harry which featured actor, Clint Eastwood, and Taxi Driver starring Robert Deniro.. The .44 magnum also paved the way for some really cool semi automatic guns like the Desert eagle.