I had an Astra 4" fixed sight .38 and I loved it. I wish I had kept all the so called "off brand" revolvers I had but I went through a phase of gun snobbery and sold or traded a lot of cool old Taurus' , Astra , an old Manurhin 88 that was beat up, a Llama .357, and a Rossi Brazilian cop gun 4" .38 that looked like it was dragged behind a car but that action was slick . I had one of those old Alfa .38s that was a S&W knockoff but the steel in these old guns was soft and I stopped "collecting " a while agoHeck, I even had a few Astra revolvers back in the day. And a few Taurus too.
To me they were a stepping stone up to Ruger or S&W.
Not a thing wrong with most of them (except 1 Taurus in that goofy 17 caliber) but my wants evolved.
I did keep this Taurus 82 I bought in about 2010 at a local gun shop, they had a bunch of security company trade ins for $200 so I picked out the best one, took off and threw away the ugly rubber grips and put older Taurus woods on I got off Ebay . I dropped in a Wolff mainspring and left the trigger spring alone. This thing is actually a super sweet shooter, timing is perfect, it's tight and it's as good as a S&W.
The problem is, if you buy another 82 it might be a train wreck. I've had older ones , the ones that look like a S&W 10 heavy barrel and they were garbage. One I had to file on the forcing cone and another one hit the primers off Center. Taurus is a crap shoot, you either get a gem for almost free or a turd.
I had a nice stainless Taurus 65 I should have kept too. Always buy them in person so you can check them out
Even though I have numerous GP100s, the brand new blue Taurus 65 sitting at my dealer for like $340 is a tempting impulse buy, but I definitely don't need another .357.