S&W Model 640 J-Frame bull-barrel 5-shot .357 on days when I just don't wish to be bothered with a thumb safety, magazine, etc. By Christmas and no coincidence or significance, I will take delivery of a S&W Performance Center Model 627-5 N-Frame 5-inch barrel 8-shot .357 along with two Five Star speed loaders, a dedicated gunbelt, and low-profile holster and speed loader pouches. Compensating for something you ask? Yes, very much so... Advancing age, declining strength, arthritic hands, slower reflexes, etc. Big and bulky? Check. Heavy? Duh! Only 8 rounds you assert? Ooookayyy. Need to dress appropriately for it? schrraight! Dis ain't no pipsqueak, piss-ant pocket "piece." This is a growed-up, serious, big boy, Bill Jordan-esque combat handgun. Only better. With a round butt, gold-bead front sight, and an action that just may be smoother than my Colt Python's, this is may just supplant several others! This is one handgun that will not require my skills as a 'smith to clean-up the action. DA trigger pull is smooooooth! For those enthralled with those injection-molded-polymer-framed semi-autos, try an all-steel anachronism sometime and be surprised at the evolution of these wheelguns.