Got to the range today with my new Ruger SP101 .357. I fired 100 rounds of 130gr .38 special and 15 rounds of 158gr .357 magnum. This was a learning experience. Most of my shooting experience to date has been with semi-autos. My revolver experience has been with my S&W 617 .22. The SP101 is a whole nuther ballgame. TRIGGER CONTROL is the name of the game with this gun. Firing my 617 will give an auto shooter a little bit of context for a long DA trigger, but only a little bit. There are so many opportunities for user error to be introduced as I pulled that trigger back. It really makes you work at making a long smooth pull. When I did get the nice smooth trigger pull, the gun rewarded me with some very nice groupings. Unfortunately, it's going to take much more practice to get the groups consistent. Only a couple were off target; I guess I can be happy with that. Kick was noticeable with the .38 rounds, but it was very manageable. Muzzle rise was not an issue. I tried various hand positions along the grip. Moving my grip up the handle didn't really produce any noticeable advantage in controlling the weapon. However, moving my grip lower on the handle did improve trigger control. Now for the .357 rounds. HOLY CRAP!!! Keep in mind, I've been an auto-shooter. This is the first magnum I've had the pleasure of working with... "working with" is the right way to describe it. You put magnum loads in this puppy and it immediately lets you know you better work in full cooperation with it, or it will ruin your day. For those of you who have never shot a magnum, it's kind of like palming a bowling ball then having someone strike the other side of it with a sledge hammer... it's not pleasant. Strange thing to me was muzzle rise was again negligible. I was expecting out of that short barrel to get a lot of muzzle rise. It wasn't there. Ruger did one heck of a job designing this gun so that the energy is coming almost entirely straight back into your hand and arm (please refer back to the bowling ball and sledge hammer). Let me say at this point that I cannot imagine trying to put .357 magnum rounds into a smaller, lighter form than the SP101. Whoever at Ruger thought up the LCR in .357 is an raving lunatic. I'm reminded of the homicidal rabbit in Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail... "It'll take your arm off!" All in all, I'm very pleased with the gun. It's a different form a shooting to master. This gun took me to school, and I liked it.