I know, I just got a new Blackhawk but there is another I just have to have. The anniversary edition of the 357 and 44 mag flat top Blackhawk revolvers peaks my interest but since I have a very nice original 6 1/2" Blackhawk in 44 mag I can't get to excited about these. I have found that there is a flat top Blackhawk Ruger that is on my list. One that was never made before. There is a special run of Blackhawks with 4 5/8" & 5 1/2" barrels chambered in 44 Special. Ruger has never done that, to my knowledge, and since it is one of my favorite calibers for a packin' gun, I put one on order. Should be in next week.
I lot of folks consider the 44 special to be a milk toast kind of revolver cartridge, being heavily overshadowed by the 44 magnum. Of course the argument is that one can shoot 44 specials in the 44 mag so if you want wimpy loads in the 44 bore, shoot specials in the mag. But there is much more to it than that. You see the 44 special is 100 years old and has survived for good reason. It was Elmers favorite round and often used long after his 44 mag became a reality. Sometimes a light weight 44 revolver with moderate loads is a better choice for a trail gun. It is quieter and lighter weight with less recoil. All good points for a gun carried all day long especially when it is very capable ballistically to handle anything encountered along the trail. I think it really is special.