Have you done any training with this weapon?
I just completed my first self-defense course using a revolver (I've been to twelve handgun courses now).¬* There are some significant problems with revolver carry in the context of modern self-defense situations.¬* Capacity is a huge issue, even though revolver enthusiasts insist otherwise.¬* Handgun ballistics being what they are, the odds are you will need to shoot several times very quickly to stop an attack.¬* Second, are you thoroughly familiar with the trigger and able to control the double action trigger both one and two handed?¬* Can you fire rapidly and still hit the cardiac triangle?¬* Are your double tap groups tight?¬* Finally, have you practiced your reloads while stationary and on the move (the "New York Reload" is a very attractive option)?¬* I found that some serious time needs to go into training in order to operate these guns efficiently.
¬* I don't recommend them at all unless the OC'er knows what he or she is doing.
S&W 627 TRR8 (bottom), S&W 625 (middle), S&W Model 27 Registered Magnum
The TRR8 shot the best overall and is setup for defense.¬* The black front sights of the 625 and 27 disappeared into the target.¬* Make sure to replace the stock front sight with a white dot, gold bead or night sight.¬* Also have some trigger work done by S&W.¬* It makes the gun more controllable for fast shooting.¬* Their prices are reasonable and the results were quite good.
In the course, I found the M27 to be the most "handy" with its 3.5" barrel.¬* The 4" barrel on the 625 was fine too.¬* If I were going to carry a revolver, I'd use the Model 27, add front and rear night sights and have the trigger worked.¬* I'd carry heavy 357 magnum rounds with two spare moonclips of eight shots each.¬* I would also attend at least one more gun course and fire at least 2,000 rounds in a training context outside of class.