I'm interested in Colt Python, but I want to know how much trouble I should expect. I'm looking for a revolver to shoot, not a collector. I've always admired the Python. I shot one back in the 90's and every time I've handled one I was impressed. But when I went to buy a revolver last year, I was turned off by collector prices. I bought S&W, again and again and had nothing but trouble -- very bad quality and appalling reliability. I did learn that I like large double-action revolvers with a 5 or 6" barrel. So now I'm thinking maybe I need to spend for a Python. I'm afraid I'll pay $3000 for a Python and then immediately need to spend more to fix it. I'm afraid if I spend $4000 for a Python, I'll shoot a couple thousand rounds and then be looking for a gunsmith that can work on it. I shot 4000 rounds through revolvers last year and I would have doubled that if the guns weren't always going back to S&W. What will happen to a Python if I shoot 10000 rounds through it? Is it going to go out of time? Can I just replace the hand or does this require a good gunsmith? In the next 5 years, I'll shoot 40 or 50 thousand rounds. Should I do it with a Python or should I leave them for the collectors?