I have a S&W Model 29 (44 mag) 6 1/2 barrel. A ton of fun to shoot. If you're looking for blast and fire coupled with a stout recoil you don't need to go much further than a 2 1/2 inch 357 mag revolver. I've had two 2 1/2 inch Pythons that barked a lot of fire. Fun as hell to shoot. I'd like to shoot a 454 Casull sometime but, I don't see that happening.