Hadoken! Is what I’m sure James’ is thinking in his head as he shoots a .44 Magnum. It throws fireballs.

James is shooting a S&W Model 69 Combat 2.75″ .44magnum with plain old Remington UMC .44Mag ammo.



  • Giolli Joker

    Fake News.
    Not James.
    T-shirt is his size and we can’t see shorts.

    • Cal S.

      Rumor has it he’s still wearing those Magpul ones. They’re covered up by his shirt.

      • TonysTake ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

        NO… Magpul is tattooed on his chest…

    • Edeco

      Maybe the shirt just went limp in front due to the massive recoil pushing him back

    • Bierstadt54

      Looking good, Fake James, but Real James would be twice as stylin’.

  • Dougscamo

    And not a hair out of place!

  • robert57Q

    Damn! I was hoping there’d be video!

  • Jim_Macklin

    25 grains of 4227 behind a Keith 429421 in a 4 inch S&W or a 5 inch Ruger Super Blackhawk can start grass fires if fired pone over normal lawn grass. At night it can substitute for a flashlight to find dropped keys.

    • VeriAeq

      4227 does burn too slow IMO, even behind 265 grains of Lyman #2 in a 7.5″ Ruger SBH.

    • uisconfruzed

      THANKS! I’ve been asking around for a powder that’ll produce a light show. Alliant 2400 works great, but no show.

  • Jason Martin

    Remington UMC 44mag ammo throws a larger fireball than most. must be the powder they use

  • supergun

    Who needs tracers.

  • Blue Centurion

    Great Balls Of Fire!


    I smite thee with a magnum ball of fire!

  • Bill

    Another gun of no practicable use that I desperately want.

    • uisconfruzed

      ??? You should try hunting. I quit using a rifle in the woods, free standing my Anaconda prints a 7″ group at 50 yards.

      • jcitizen

        Beautiful! Mines a four inch. Stopped making them didn’t they? Or is Colt even in business now?

        • uisconfruzed

          I believe they stopped making them in the 90’s, I think they just started making a 357.

          • jcitizen

            They used to call those first blued ones, the “Trooper” if I remember correctly.

  • Ted Unlis

    Sometimes we forget two of the disadvantages presented by magnum wheel guns back in the day when revolvers were the standard for duty/defensive use.

    Years ago when conducting nighttime firearms training for recruits and their newly issued P226’s in 357 Sig on the flat range, one of our instructors put on a demonstration of 357 Sig vs 357 Magnum muzzle flash in near total darkness; I had forgotten the blinding fireball that leaped out of a 4 inch 357 mag barrel and cylinder gap. If you think that 44 Magnum fireball is huge during daylight, try it after dark.

    The comparative minimal muzzle flash of modern semi autos using today’s top performing duty/defensive ammo like Federal HST 9mm is striking.

    • Ted Unlis

      The two disadvantages I neglected to name are recoil and muzzle flash.

  • ActionPhysicalMan

    This is one of the many reasons I hand load and thoroughly test my ammo. I like to have close to 100% combustion before uncorking, for flash and noise mitigation. The loads with close to 100% combustion usually also have lower uncorking pressures and thus less noise than loads with slow burning powders. Of course, I sacrifice velocity for this, but it is worth it to me (I think).

    • iksnilol

      + less wear on guns.

    • Paul Prochko

      Flash suppressed powders are also good…and they are available and it helps some.

      • ActionPhysicalMan

        Not thinking about it much and maybe because I am old I have always assumed flash reduced propellant was either just a little faster or a triple base and thus smokier propellant. Perhaps I should catch up with the times and look into the products they are marketing as reduced flash to see exactly what is different. Thanks for reminding me of the issue.

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  • Rogertc1

    My 4 inch S&W M500 is a flame thrower.

  • jonp

    Reminds me of my SP101 with full house 158gr 357Mag reloads. I was afraid I was going to set the overhead trees on fire with that thing.

  • Maudlean Spires

    I have a ruger super Blackhawk with a 7 1/2″ barrel in 44 magnum. I have never really paid any attention to the muzzle flash. I guess I will have to try it at night to see. I shot at an armadillo that had ran into a cement pipe under the highway from point blank range once. I will never make that mistake again. It sounded like I had stuck my head in a cannon. My ears rang for a week. I have deer hunted with it a couple of times but it is just so awkward and heavy to carry. The stand that I hunted from this past season I shot four deer that would have all been easy shots for it. The last one was a nice buck that ran less than ten feet from the base of my stand. He certainly would have been an easy shot. He fell less than 20 feet from me. I may take it with me and try to shoot a deer with it this season from this same stand.

  • sonny

    Pocket flame thrower………… If you can’t hit ’em, burn ’em!

  • Lyle

    Maybe he needs a 7.5″ barrel with a Vortex flash suppressor on it. I imagine the sunglasses are to prevent numbing the retinae. Muzzle flash is a bug, not a feature.

    Very cool photos though!

    But did he HIT the TARGET?