I got a chance to try out my new S&W 329PD today. To get comfortable with it, I shot 24 rounds of 44 Special, 200 grain Jacketed hollow points. At 7 yards I was keeping a fairly clean 4" pattern. I did notice the pistol had a reasonably sharp snap even with .44 Specials. This gun has substancially more recoil as compared to my 629 shooting 44 Specials. OK, I thought I might consider using my padded shooting gloves for the Magnums... IT DIDN'T HELP! This pistol still peeled the skin off my thumb on the second shot, right through my gloves! I have shot many 44 Magnums, and I own a lot of 44 Magnums. I have shot 500 Magnums many times. I have even shot 330 grain +P+ .44 Magnums, but I have never shot a 44 Magnum or even a 500 Magnum that recoils like this pistol does! This thing is BRUTAL with 240 grain Magnums. Not only is my thumb cut, its also swolen up nicely. I only shot 5 Magnum rounds, and said fuk this, and put 44 Specials back in it. I shot a total of 50 rounds of .44 Specials, and 5 rounds of 240 grain Magnums today, and my hand feels like I shot over 1000 rounds. Other than its extremely unforgiving recoil, its reasonably accurate. But I got tired fast from this gun, and I began shooting sloppy. It was time to call it a day... Here is a sample of my 7 yard off-hand shooting. You can tell I was getting tired... and sloppy.