So let\'s look at this from two angles: (1) Price/Logistics and (2) Firearm Review [note: I have had the item for about 5 days only, but have run 500 rounds through her in all options]
(1) In my hands, the whole thing knocked my back ~$730. The gun was $683, I did not use cash, my FFL charged $20 - and I don\'t think that is a beatable price no matter how you slice it. Logistically, I ordered the firearm on a Sunday, so I did not have unreasonable expectations as to it arriving Tuesday. It took about 6 business days, but (again) for saving $100 or so, the wait was not too terribly disconcerting. I would perform similar transactions in the future.,
(2) Review. I am left handed and have been tolerating semi-auto pistol(s) for a while. This was to be my first revolver, and (according to many of my friends, associates, and contemporaries) I possibly chose one of the best in terms of handling, versatility, and size. One of my jobs requires me to open carry. This thing announces your position quite clearly. There is no mistaking what it is, it does not blend in with your clothes, it performs what I need it to perform (in terms of open carry). For plinking, range work, etc. it will take a relatively inexpensive .38 round and because it is a heavy gun, there is minimal recoil when using these. It handles the P without breaking a sweat as well.
[side note - I chose the 4\" barrel after narrowing it down to the 3\" and the 4\" .... mainly because I have size 8 hands, am not a small person, and that extra 0.8 ounces is not going to cause me that much stress, but the overall experience at the range has been a bit better than a 3\" Ruger I have been shooting ... yes, I am aware we are comparing apples to velcro.]
Now, back to my shooting experience. This puppy comes into her own when you load it with 357 rounds. The Hornady 125 XTP groups so tight, that I feel I am as close as I am with the 38 loads. Sure, I am probably exaggerating, but it takes the hit much better than the GP100, owing to the heavier frame and more beefy underlug. I am in Texas, and if I was just crazy enough, I\'d buy another one and wear two at once.
Anyone considering a 357, but wants versatility with 38S, P and magnum rounds, this is one that I would highly suggest you place in the short list pile before you close the deal. Truthfully, this gun (despite it\'s non bargain price tag) had made me a Smith & Wesson fanboy and I am probably going to get a J frame for the wife and around the bedroom/kitchen. Again, it is not a cheap handgun, but as my friend Tony once said \"buy it nice or buy it twice\"
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]