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The Python is a great gun, but is an old design with a few flaws. The lock work is complex, hard to work on and the spring tends to stack on the DA stroke. If you are looking for a shooter, the S&W L frame is a better gun. If you are unsatisfied with the S&W, you can have it customized to your needs for a fraction of the cost of a Python. I own a Python and love it, but it has entered the realm of "beautiful antiques".