This is one of the largest revolvers I've ever shot over the years. Being a revolver, it's durable, reliable, and simple to operate. The long barrel offers a good sight picture, and I found this gun easy to adapt to and shoot accurately. The long barrel also contributes to the gun being heavier. That paired with the 357 Mag round (rather than 44 mag) makes it have a relatively low recoil and is quick to align for each follow-up shot.
This is far too big for CCW, and may be too big for home defense for some people who would rather opt for a shorter barrel. I think it's a great gun for hunting, plinking or target shooting. You can't go wrong with Smith & Wesson.