Reviewed By: Trevor S on 07/26/2012
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
Note: This model is shipped with a 4" barrel as specified in the description not the 6.02" barrel listed in the title.
The metalwork on this revolver is magnificent--there is not a sharp edge or buggered screw anywhere on the firearm. The bluing is so uniform and lustrous that it looks more liquid than steel.
Mechanically, it locks-up tighter than any other revolver I've had the pleasure to fire (and I've been collecting K and L frames since the late '80's). The trigger is vintage S&W--crisp light SA, and smooth-as-butter DA. At the range, my handload .38 spc's hit right at the point of aim @ 25 ft without any sight adjustment. Only had a hand-full of full-bore .357, but they were not uncomfortable to shoot (with the full underlug, this is a heavy, but balanced, handgun).
As nice as the machining is, I had to deduct a star because of the dang grips. The wood is high-quality and nicely finished, but there is a sharp ridge where the two halves come together in the front and on the butt, and a big gap at the bottom of the backstrap.
If you can't tell, I'm in love with this revolver, or at least I will be when I get some aftermarket grips. As usual, Buds was nothing short of amazing! I ordered it on Sunday and picked it up at my FFL the next Thursday. Thanks!
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