It is and I like the short barrels. I had a "Liberty" model for a while in the 6.5" barrel. It was a bit long. Good shooter too. I had a Model 57 S&w for a while too. I got it cheap cause it had been fired alot with hot loads apparently. It had alot of play in the cylinder from side to side and front to back. It still shot well. I just didn't load it but to standard pressure and velocity. Have the same problem with a few Mod 29s I had with pressure. I usually could only load them at max pressure by the load manuals. If I tried using ammo I loaded for the SBH, the cases would stick and primers weould start to flatten. I quit doing that.Thanks Pancho. I do hand load. I have a S&W model 57 Mountain Gun in .41 now. It is my favorite cartridge. I have had an itch for a SA Revolver and thought the .41 Blackhawk might be a good choice.
How do the two compare? I shoot a 45 Colt. (NBH convertible; 45 Colt/45 ACP.) The 45 Colt loads are pretty stout and I like the power. But I know it is far short of a 44 mag. I shot a 41 mag Smith years ago and the recoil seemed negligible. My 45 Colt has a lot more recoil. But I have to admit my memory may be off a bit. It was in '73 when I was using that Smith.I have one and will consider selling