I bought a new Smith & Wesson M442 38 Special revolver from Bud's because of their low price, free shipping, Bud's stellar reputation, and the fact they had one in stock with no internal lock.
I paid via eCheck to get the low cash price so it took a few days for the payment to clear, but I know that when I made that payment choice. As soon as the payment cleared I got e-mails from Bud's letting me know the payment and shipping status with a tracking number.
With the free two-day delivery my local FFL dealer got the gun and I picked it up that afternoon. My FFL was on Bud's preferred list, so having it shipped was so easy that I didn't have to contact my FFL dealer until I went to pick it up. My local FFL dealer was also very complimentary of Bud's, saying that they were organized and professional to deal with. That is nice to hear, especially when from a competitor.
I got to take the 442 out for the first time today. The 442 felt very light, even when loaded. That may account for some of the kick I felt when I went through the first 5 rounds. I was able to hit center mass but not as tight a group as I would like.
I went through another 25 rounds with the 442 and, once I got used to how it felt, was getting consistently better groupings. I got the 442 for its compact size and power for home defense and traveling and am satisfied that it will fit the bill just fine.
Good gun and buying experience. I would definitely buy from Bud's again if I couldn't find the gun I was looking for locally.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!