This is my first gun purchase and my first order from Buds. Hands down, you can't find a place cheaper.
I ordered the 7" barrel for this model due to having long fingers. Many other guns that I tested felt "small" in my hand. Plus, the added weight (and yes, this thing is heavy for a 22), helps with the recoil, which is almost non-existent. Out of the box, it came with two magazines and a lock. The magazines have a very strong spring and with frequent loading, it can hurt your thumb. I recommend using an auto-loader to reduce the problem. As for the gun itself, the field strip is very easy to accomplish and cleaning is a breeze.
After putting a box of Remmington gold jackets from Wal-Mart thru this gun I have mixed feelings. The groupings were very tight, as the extra length and weight of the barrel really helps in that department. This is a heavy gun, which is what I wanted. Ladies, you would be advised to get the shorter barrel unless you have a lot of upper-body strength.
I have a few beefs with this firearm. Number one, there were about a dozen or so FTF. While this may just be the ammo or perhaps the break-in period of the gun, only time will tell. The plastic housing on the grips have a little gap near the top of the slide. It just seems like they are a little loose. Also, the magazine release feels like thin metal, plus if you use it instead of racking the slide, it looks like it could wear easily. This isn't a huge issue, as this firearm is to be used for range practice and not tactical encounters. Last but not least, the black on black front and rear sights make it hard to get good contrast on a black bullseye target. Smith and Wesson could have spent a little more time on this portion of the design. With a middle magazine release, this gun is friendly for the southpaws.
Before casting a final judgement, I've purchased two additional boxes of ammo from different brands. Once field tested again, I'll update this review and see if they feed better than the Remmington did. Overall, the price can't be beat for this functional if not no-frills pistol. I'll bump it up a star if the FTF's are reduced and can be ruled out due to the ammo, not the firearm.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars!