||I advise people that have arthritis in their hands to not buy the 638 but to buy the 642/442 model of this revolver.
I am 100% happy with Buds,my FFL and actually Smith and Wesson as well.
The problem is the spring tension in my new 638 is so high I cannot safely lower the hammer after I have cocked it single action.
The hammer tab keeps slipping out from under my thumb and hitting the firing pin.
This is never a problem with a standard hammer revolver because you can get a good grip on it because of the larger tab on a standard revolver hammer.
Obviously,I havent fired the gun yet because I need to see what I have to do to address this issue.
I guess I'll be buying a spring kit for my brand new 638.
The gun itself is simply beautiful but if I cannot lower the hammer safely I might as well have bought a 642 which is marginally smaller behind the firing pin anyway.
Believe me,I never thought this would ever be a problem.
I used the layaway program at Bud's-all by computer and mailed in my checks to my layaway account for two and a half months.
Everything went like clockwork.
It's not all sadness.
I can fire the 638 double action and it's a really light revolver that rides well in a pocket.
But I really went back and forth whether to get the 642 or this 638.
I figured I'd be getting a spring kit for it anyway.
So,I guess I better start getting to it.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]