JustinW, I think I saw that you carry a 340 PD. I assume you're happy with it? Are the CT grips a must have on a gun like these? Any issues as a lefty? I carried the 340 daily for a couple of years. It is very light, beautifully made and reliable as can be. No probs as a lefty. On the down-side, recoil is a bitch in that light-weight package (forget .357 magnums and load with .38+P Speer short barrel Gold Dots). Like all double action only snubbie revolvers, accuracy isn't great. The CTC laser grips help a lot with recoil and also accuracy. I ended-up selling mine and now carry a BDA .380. If you really want a snubbie (and there are many advantages to them), the 642 is pretty good - and the extra weight might even be a plus for shooting. I think the 340's best role probably best as a back-up handgun. For that kind of money and work, an Arsenal Saiga looks like a pretty good deal. http://www.k-var.com/shop/home.php?cat=354 - $800 for a SGL-31 Yeah, you're right - that is a great deal. Having just converted an IZ-109, I'm feeling pretty confident with the process and now have the correct tools at home. Anyway, for now I am still focused on finishing the 109. I'm waiting to get the shortened barrel back from the gunsmith and then it will be time for refinishing and bolt polishing. Then off to the range!!