I'm looking into getting a S&W 29 as a carry piece. I'm 6'1",255, so I think I can pull it off. The thing is, I would like a 2.5" or 3" barrel. Has anyone here had any experience firing one with such a short barrel. I understand they can be rather brutal in the recoil department, and the muzzle blast is nothing short of a nuke going off in your face. Any truth to this?