I have had an 8 inch blue, slotted version for over 25 years. The only reason DW offered the slotted barrel shroud version was to make it under the production revolver weight limit for IHMSA. They are very accurate but stick to bullets at least 180 grains for the hotter loads and I actually preferred the 200s. I won a lot of matches with this revolver and I would not part with it. Good luck to you.