I'm looking for a revolver for training and practice on my range. I'm going for skill-acquisition and I want a tool that won't hinder me. I've been shooting a DAO J frame. I started shooting a much larger Ruger SA and found I shoot the bigger, heavier, longer gun better (no surprise). So I'm looking for a bigger DA. The things I'm certain of is that it will be .38/.357 Magnum and that I'd like it to weigh up to 48 ounces (my Ruger is 45) and that it should have a barrel longer than 4" and an overall length not much more than 11". I want a smooth trigger, and I'm willing to pay ~$1000 for quality. I'm considering these revolvers: I like the N frame as long as it has a grip like the one shown. I've handled a .44 with the same grip and I like it. The rubber over-molded grips are too big for my hand. The target grips like on the Classics might work, not sure. I dislike the traditional grips on the Ruger SA. The L frame has a lower bore-center than the N, but it also has less mass and one less chamber. If I bought the 686 shown, I'd pay to have the PC do an action job on it. The factory-PC 686 has the rubber grips I don't like. I think the 5" barrel is just the right length for me. The 6" L frames and 6.5" N frames are 12" overall and I find that's too long for how I carry it around outdoors or sit in the truck. The 627PC seems like the shortest path to get what I'm looking for. But I'm weary of S&W quality. The last three I bought all sucked and had to go back, some of them multiple times. They were regular or pro-series, but not PC guns. Maybe PC will be better? Why not a Ruger? I considered the Redhawk but think it will be too big for me. The GP100 might be fine, but I expect it to be equivalent to a standard 686 and I have better options to upgrade the Smith. The MC isn't offered with a longer barrel. A local guy has a stainless Monson 15-2 for sale. It has a 6" barrel. It's not the one in the picture, but it looks the same. Since it's well-used, it might cost me quite a bit less than a new S&W PC. It's a bit longer and heavier than what I think I want, and it's only 6 shot instead of 7 or 8. I haven't seen it in person or handled it, but I believe the DW's are high quality. In my circumstances, I won't be able to handle a PC-tuned gun or a DW unless I order it or go bug this private seller. I can handle and rent standard 686's, but not where I could compare it to anything PC-tuned or DW. So I'm thinking, should I drop a thousand bucks to order a 627PC or buy this guy's DW and see how I like it?