5 out of 5. Or should I say, "8 out of 8?"
Either way, this gun is the epitome of advanced revolvers. You really can't get any better of a gun when it comes to 357 Magnum revolvers. I have shot it once now and love it. Best group was one inch group of 8 rounds at 7 yards in double action pulls.
Most people will probably say this gun is too big and heavy to conceal carry everyday. I have no problem conceal carrying this gun in a shoulder holster and just throwing a shirt over the shoulder rig. Shoulder rigs is the only way I like to carry hand guns. This gun looks heavier than it is. At 35 ounces it still isn't all that light. However, in a shoulder holster for me it carries great.
Did I mention it holds 8 rounds? Superb. It has a fixed bottom rail for lights and/or lasers. Also comes with a removable optics rail.
It shot wonderfully. Double action pull is very smooth and very easy to stage. It is very long and heavy though. Single action is flawless.
Only grip, while this is only an aesthetic problem and not in any way a performance issue, the finish of the metal on the trigger and hammer looks very poor. Looks very dirty and unfinished. Like I said, it poses no performance issues as I had zero problems with the gun functioning. It just looks unfinished for how much you're paying for this gun.
Love this gun.
Would I buy another S&W revolver? Absolutely. In fact I just ordered the S&W 629 Classic Deluxe 6 1/2 inch barrel yesterday.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!