Back in January I posted a thread questioning whether I should get a 627, a Dan Wesson, and L frame, an early 27, or what. I bought a L frame 686+. I was right-on to step up to a large, 5 or 6" double-action revolver from the J frames and Colt-type single actions I was shooting. But the 686 failed me. The new 686 is spitting and misfiring. I had light-strikes in the first 100, but I hoped it would go away. I have about 600 through it now and the light strikes are coming more frequently. This is 4 out of 4 S&W that will be going back to the factory. I thought I was a fool to try them again after they failed me three times. I was right. I've sold one, one remains broken they won't fix, my latest one has failed, and I have one they repaired and is working. It's a j frame. I like a heavy weight and a long 5-6" barrel length. I like the mass the full-length underlug adds which really smooths out the heavy magnums. I started another thread inquiring about Pythons because it seems like a 6" Python would be sweet to shoot, but I'm concerned about what problems I might have after paying the price. I could reconsider the Dan Wesson. It's certainly got a nice heavy barrel. But it sure doesn't have the looks of a Python. I could still consider a S&W from another era, as in the 50's, but I'm so appalled with their name, I just might decide to keep a grudge. I did bid on some 27's before I bought the 686, but my bids drove the price up very close to $2000 and I quit before I won. I could buy a GP100, but the reason I liked the 686 better was because it would be better the better gun if it were not flawed. Also, I was intending to customize it with grips, an action job, to have the cylinder cut for moon clips, the chambers chamfered, and more. S&W will do that, Ruger will not. I can send the 686 back and hope S&W fixes it, but I'd be out my gun the whole time and I'm doubtful I want anything to do with their guns anymore. I certainly doubt that I want to invest even more time and money into customizing it. Instead, I could just sell it back to the store I bought it from, cut my losses and do something different.