I have been a life-long lover of S&W. I currently own 4. The oldest was My Fathers' .357 mag Combat Masterpiece that He carried as a County Sheriff's Deputy over in Indiana. I also have a 617 & 629 Classic (both 8 3/8", with Leupold optics) and My favorite: a 681PC ( Performance Center ) .357mag with a 3" compensated bull barrel, and Crimson Trace laser grips that I carry. Man, that 681 is one shootin' machine. I just got some Hornady Critical Defense .357 mag rounds for it. I put 7 rounds into a 1.5" group at 25 feet. That is what I carry now. I usually hold a 2-3" group with Winchester Silver Tips in .357 mag or .38 +P ammo. I haven't gotten around to buying a "pistol" yet. I still haven't gotten over my "revolver fettish" yet. Someday, though I'll take the plunge. Lately I have been thinking about a custom X-frame .44 mag with a 10 1/2 compensated barrel that would be able to handle the Garret .44mag +P cartridge. Take care, Everybody, I hope to hear from You.