Picked one of these small 25-oz guns up yesterday, and thought you might like to see my (admittedly bad - got home after dark and had to shoot indoors by flash) pictures to get more of an idea of the thing.
180-grain .357 handloads in the cylinder
Even Gina agreed that it's probably the ugliest gun I've ever had.
It's pretty small, though (bear in mind that the Detective Special has very small stocks on it - the DS' grip frame length with these mounted is no longer than that of a J-frame):
Rhino between a D-frame and a K-frame
As Mas & Co. noted on his podcast, the Mk3 HKS speedloader works well and 586 one works just fine, too (and how 'bout that cheesy wood grain on the rubber stock? ).
The ejector rod throws the cases all the way out, which is pretty impressive. Not so impressive is the fact that if it's pushed slowly, it always wants to get under one or more rims, at least with loaded ammo. (Solution is probably to not push it slowly. )
Trigger pull is heavy but quite smooth. SA is creepy and light.
I took Friday afternoon off to go shoot. If the recoil is as mild as everyone is reporting, I'll be a happy man.
I gotta admit, as ugly as it is, its kinda cool. I just read a good review in one of the monthly guns mags and found myself warming to it. The cylinder turns uniquely, the barrel is set on the bottom of the cylinder to keep the center line low, which is supposed to make recoil far more manageable, and the lock work is designed to be safe and user friendly. Neat concept, I definitely want to shoot one with mag loads and check it out.