For sheer beauty, it's hard to beat a Colt Python in either the 4 or 6 inch barrel with the standard wood grips and nothing added. But IMHO, Colt makes better semiautos and S&W makes better revolvers. I dislike the cylinder release latch on the Colt. Also, I find a curious predilection in many of the Colt revolvers to have a sticky point in the revolver trigger release once it's been pulled to the rear double action. It's usually very faint but distinct and I never fail to pick up on it. Drives me nuts.