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Smith and Wesson
Just on reputation for reliability and durability, alone, I'd say: S&W. Though, either would make an effective choice. After an action job by a competent gunsmith, either would serve well.
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S&W, no question.
While I don't think you can do wrong by purchasing a Taurus snubbie (heck, I own one in 9mm), given a choice I'd buy a S&W in a NY minute.
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I have to totally agree with wilson133 (BTW, welcome aboard!!!).