I've Taurus 431s and 441s with 3"-4" barrels in .44 Special.
The gun fits K framed holsters,holds 5 shots,and can handle any premium defense grade ammo in .44 Special. This is no big N frame to have to carry all day. But then I am a short person anyway so they fit me better than an N frame would.
Hiding the gun for CCW carry is easier due to less bulk than the bigger carry pieces.
Recovery between shots is fast and easy compared to the .44 magnum.
The .44 Special will do everything I need it to do.
That's a personal choice based on needs.
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