If price is no object, then buy the Smith. My Model 60 is the most fired of my centerfire handguns, and still looks and feels like new. I generally use carefully reloaded ammunition that falls within SAAMI specs for standard 158 grain 38 Specials. I also use 110 grain medium velocity factory 357 ammo when I feel prosperous. With both loads I do quite well at 25 yards. The short barrel is no bar to accuracy.
In spite of the excellent grips, a lot of people aren\'t going to like recoil and the muzzle blast. I say, learn to love them. This handgun is just about the ultimate in reliabity, portability, and small-package power. - J. U.
i resently i buy this magnifisent revolver fron idenpendent dealers i went to use today 06/07/09 is it powerfull and good handling i recoment this revolver for thoes how are looking for a magnnum - L. S.
I did a lot of research before I laid down my dollars for one of these six-inch stainless GP-100's, and most of what I found had positive things to say about this firearm. I'll add my two cents to that positive spin. This is an impressive firearm to say the least. It is the most accurate handgun I own. This gun always puts the round where I point it. I have no problem sub-dividing a round Shoot-N-See target at 10 yards and hitting it where I want to put it. The recoil with a .38-Special round is less than my 9mm S&W M&P9. Loaded up with 158-grain Magtech .357 rounds and it creates an impressive boom, bright muzzle flash, and quite a bit of recoil (the long, heavy barrel keeps muzzle rise to a minimum, however), but with the included Hogue grip that recoil is not painful at all (just keep your thumb away from the cylinder). The long site radius no doubt contribues to the accuracy I've experienced; over 500 rounds through the barrel in less than a month! - M. R.