That Highway Patrolman is nice, but the 3.5 inch Model 27/Model of 1950 is one of the meanest/scariest looking handguns ever. The barrel profile combined with frame size and cylinder wall thickness, just give it that je ne sais quoi.
I took this pic with my lap top cam back in 2008 for a thread about what the scariest/most intimidating
handgun was. Its my nickel 3.5" S&W Model of 1950 .357 Magnum. If it doesn't intimidate ones adversary, its got six .357 Magnums ready to do its talking for it.
Look how thick those cylinder walls are, no worries about shooting the most powerful loads in there.