I come before the Great (some not-so-great) Minds of GeorgiaPacking.org for guidance, comments, and snide remarks on a potential-soon-to-maybe-purchase-with-the-wife's-permission. I have finally saved up enough to look at adding to my collection and am looking at .357 revolvers; for the most part, I've been fixated on a Ruger GP100 .357 4". However, a coworker told me that he purchased a Taurus 608 the rough equivalent of the Ruger (including price) except 1) it holds 8 rounds; and 2) it has a ported barrel. I'm hoping to get in a range day with him to try it out, but I'm not sure when that will happen between now and next weekend (gun show in Gwinnett). For that matter, though, I've only handled the Ruger - I haven't actually shot it, though I have shot other revolvers of similar size and calibers. I guess my main concern is with the ported barrel. I know it (supposedly) eases the kick, but I've heard others complain about ported barrels sending powder back in the shooter's face. At a range, that's not as big of an issue; but as this will most likely be a nightstand weapon - and thus probably used in the dark if the need arose - wouldn't there be a problem with a flash? Now, with all that being said, here's my questions. Any owners of the Taurus here? If so, what are your opinions? Any shooters with experience with ported barrels - pros/cons? I would say feel free to add anything else, but around here that's usually understood.