I bought my first handgun, a Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Long Colt with 7-1/2" bbl. in the mid '70s, and never been without at least a couple since then. I currently own a T/C Encore with factory 14" barrels in .223 and .308, plus a Bullberry custom 10", scoped, in .44 magnum. A Taurus 44 Tracker Stainless 4" in .44 mag and a Browning Buckmark 10", scoped, in .22 LR round out my hand arsenal.
I've also been a lifelong handloader, for both pistol and rifle cartridges, and enjoy all kinds of shooting and hunting.