Hard to cock vs. others, but amazing for the price!
You can't expect the buttery-smooth feel and performance of costly Ruger cowboy guns for this price, but I'm not sure why the hammer has to be so stiff to cock. Someone with weak hands might find it irritating, but then there's always the two-thumb approach. The gun is really phenomenal for the price. Very well made, solid, and precise, nothing wobbly, built like a tank. Great trigger, with no slack once cocked and a pull weight similar to my Single Six.
An advantage to the Cerakote finish is that you might be more willing to risk it out on the trail than you would a fancier revolver. The only cosmetic complaint I have is that the hammer and trigger look like they had a bit of a hard time in the parts bin. I waited two months for this model, and Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore delivered efficiently, as always.