It's ugly and it's heavy. Still, I like this revolver.
I don't plan on entering it in any beauty contests, so the ugly part doesn't matter. And the fact that it IS heavy helps absorb a lot of the recoil from the .357 round. The trigger breaks clean and the front ramp site is much improved after putting 3 coats of Testors orange flourescent enamel paint on it.
I've put 50 rds of .38 P through it and there is barely any recoil. The large steel frame and the nice rubber grip absorb it. You do get some recoil with .357s but I'd say less than my S&W Model 65 357 which is a larger gun. My best effort was in the center mass of a silhouette, a 2-1/2" group from about 20 feet, single action. I figured not too bad for 68 yr old eyes.
Bottom line? I like it, it seems well-made, and it's worth the price. A bit too heavy for carry (my usual carry is a lightweight S&W 642) but it will do duty as a travel gun and ride along in the glove box and I'll feel a bit more secure knowing it there.
Bud's service was great and the transfer agent, Kitchen's Guns of Ashland, KY was exceptional, as always.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]