S&W 686, 686+ or the Ruger GP-100, for wheel guns in current production...No doubt the Python is an outstanding revolver, but it's out of production and considered more of a collectible gun, than a EDC...
Between the Smith and the Ruger, really I think either one with proper maintenance will last longer than an owner, both are great weapons. Really it comes down to personal preference things, like the kind of sights you want, and how you like the grips, assuming of course you are willing to pay the mone for either.
S&W Would be my choice today. Colt Python is still the best .357 made, EVER. Still have the one I bought in 1963 for $135.00 and it was the most expensive in the shop. Oh for the good ol' days. I was 19 and NO 4473s:congrats:
I have the 686 with no lock. The first shot was in the bull at about 21 ft. The second shot I thought I had missed the paper. So I walked to the target and noticed the first hole had enlarged a bit. Needless to say I had a very good shooter. Just a pleasure to shoot.
586 or 686 S&W (pre-lock)! Great triggers and great lines. Will also take a beating like the Ruger. The GP comes in a close second as it's a little rough around the edges and it's trigger is not as smooth as the Smiths. Python is too delicate and a collectors item these days, but is one classy revolver.
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