Wow, thanks so much for all the feedback and suggestions from everyone, and thanks to CraigC for sharing all that revolver eye candy. I admit I'm still not fully decided on what to get, but I have decided on a couple things: - As much as I like the look of the 69 it sounds like recoil will make it pretty much a 44 special only, so I'm probably going to cross that one out as a first 44 option (might revisit down the road though) - If I go Blackhawk, then it will be the Bisley Hunter model. I shoot a lot of double action revolvers and am much more comfortable with the similar type of grip I can get on a Bisley vs the plowhandle. - Not a fan of the look of the Super Redhawk so it's definitely not on my list, but that 5.5" Redhawk looks pretty sharp. Anyone have experience in shooting a standard Redhawk and standard 629 with similar barrel lengths that can discuss differences in shootability and recoil? Thanks!