Thought i would also post with my new Taurus model 651 5 shot 357 Magnum snubby. Got this little beauty a few days ago, and finally got out to the woods to test her out. This is my third Taurus, and so far, i love them all. I pocket carry a Smith 642 and a Smith 442, but i cant seem to get enough of the Taurus products.
This gun is heavier than my smiths... i think it weighs in around 24 ounces. It does however, eat up the recoil with standard 38 special rounds. I shot a box of UMC 38 special rounds, and it felt like my Taurus 94 22 LR. 357 magnum reloads were another story, but no worse than shooting +P out of my airweight Smiths. Double action is tough.. i am not sure what the lb. is on the trigger, but it is alot. Single action was crisp. I think it will need about 1000 dry fires to get it broken in a little, but all in all it did great.
Fit and fininsh seemed very good on this particular model... cylinder is tight an grips are pretty functional. I can see after breaking in the trigger rotating it into my daily carry with 357 Magnum loads, or my Speer Gold Dot 38 +P. I like having the abaility to shoot SA if i want, but still having the ability to pocket carry in my Desantis nemesis holster without worrying about a hammer snagging on clothings.