I took it out today on my lunch break. Met my dad at the indoor range and ran 135 rounds through it. 50 125g Blazer brass, 75 125g Dads reloads and 10 158g Winchester +p. My thoughts are as follow (in no particular order)
- I forgot how much of a pain in the arse cleaning a revolver is
- It shot / I shot it a LOT better than I thought I was going to. At 10 Yards I was able to group all rounds inside of the 9 ring. It spread out a bit at 15 yards. At 25 yards I was able to consistently connect with with a large steel silhouette. I don't know what size it was.
- I think I am going to go for a standard pressure carry load. My second round accuracy with the +p 158's was pretty bad. Hard to control. On the upside, the rounds produced a good deal of smoke and massive flash which was was kinda like having a backup team with me that was throwing smoke grenades and flash bangs at my target every time I fired. They should market that as a feature.
-I already knew this but it's not a range gun. The first 50 rounds were great and I was on target. From 50 on though my accuracy got worse and worse and I started hitting more and more low left. The last 25 would have probably been more accurate if I had thrown them at the target. This is the type of gun I could see myself running 5 cylinders through every time I go to the range to stay proficient with it and then putting it away although those first 50 rounds were fun.
- The trigger is not as bad as I thought but not as good as it could be. It's loosened up a bit since I have been dry firing the snot out of it. Still haven't made my mind up as to whether there is a trigger job in it's future.
- Would it be that hard for Smith to re-design the cylinder latch to a lower profile so that my thumb knuckle isn't bleeding
from three spots when I am done shooting it?
The verdict? One hell of a carry gun for 350.00 bucks. Not high capacity but light, amazingly concealable and more shootable then I would have gave it credit for. No buyers remorse here.