The GP100 with the 6" barrel is built to handle the meanest 357 rounds out there. It is heavy and big, but is absolutely amazing at absorbing recoil from hot rounds. Its weight, and the Hogue grips make it very controllable, and its trigger is excellent, breaking very smoothly and precisely at the back. Try this gun with some of the super-hot Armscor 125 gr 357 ammo, and wait for everyone at the range to come over and see what just shook their world. Big flash and really big boom. Very accurate and very sturdy; just an excellent gun.