I think the S&W 627 is an 8 shot .357 magnum, not a .44. The .44 N frame is numbered as model 629. I would get the .357 instead of the .44 due to cheaper cost to fire at range when using .38 rounds in the .357 mag. gun. Also, the .44 in a 4" barrel configuration is not a joy to shoot at the range. I wouldn't want to shoot more than 50 or so shots at a time with one due to the recoil.