Update post #76. I'm Christmas shopping for my self, and I would like to get a S&W in .44 magnum, and the 629's have caught my eye. I've been leaning towards the 629 competitor with a 6" barrel, or the Stealth Hunter with a 7.5" barrel. I like the 629 V-comp, but not fond of the 4" barrel. Also the Competitor and the Hunter look to have a weaver mount built into the gun, and this I like for mounting a reflex sight. Anybody have any experience with any of these model's, and care to share your opinion?