A few weeks back I purchased an unfired NIB S&W Model 36-1. I picked this gun up as a carry revolver. So far, I have been very impressed with the 3 inch heavy barrel. It significantly reduces the recoil and makes shooting this gun a real pleasure. The 3 inch is not that much harder to conceal than its 2 inch counterpart - so overall I'm happy with the gun.
I've put actual pre-ban elephant ivory on several of my guns and was talking to a friend who makes custom grips about having a set made for this one. He showed me some Elk he had been working with that was a fraction of the cost of ivory. I told him I would try a pair. They are different from what I am used to, but they are growing on me :-).
I stayed with the style of the factory wood grips instead of going with an over sized pair for easier concealment. I have smaller hands, and this grip size works for me.