Scorth,Hi I am new also. I am from Minnesota.
(Going to Mesa, AZ this winter...if you lived in MN in our winters, you would know why!)
The SP 101 with the 3" barrel is an awesome revolver. I struggled initially choosing between the SP101 snubby and the 3" but finally settled with the the larger barrel. I seemed better balanced, easier to shoot with less perceived recoil. Love it at the range, going to consider it for CCW once I am more comfortable handling it- I am accustomed carrying Glocks. Stay in touch and let us know if its growing on you!