20 odd years ago my son found a S&W 38sp in a ditch near the dirt road we lived off of. Helped son clean up S&W and bought ammo.
Son fires it and some time latter traded it for a deer rifle. S&W was beat up from being in ditch for a while but still functioned well after good cleaning. Deer rifle was meat gun and used well on wild hogs and deer.
Never really thought of S&W as a practical weapon at that time, but the deer rifle keep meat on table, and could serve as defense weapon if needed.
Times have change in our great nation, and today the S&W would be much more valued. But it still would not be of much use putting meat on the table.