I'm looking at buying a 3", or possibly a 4" .357 revolver in SS, primarily for carry when I show land (realtor). I prefer the Wiley Clapp version if I choose the SP, as it has nice Novak rear sights, but that's not an absolute. I would carry 95% of the time and shoot 5% of the time, so weight has some say in the matter. I've owned a large number of guns over the years, so I have preferences and experience. I like a smooth single & double action, which makes me lean more toward the Smiths. In a perfect world, a worked Smith tends to beat a worked Ruger, at least in terms of smoothness. Both can be made to be quite nice, so no disputes there, but I'm looking at apples to apples comparisons. I'm also a bit concerned about the quality issues I've seen on a newer Ruger vs an older Smith. I'm not going to wear the gun out through use, ever, so strength is not really a factor between the two types. I've carried .45's and smaller, so control is not really an issue. I'd lean toward a Model 66 or a 60, but not a 686 due to the weight and bulk. I have to conceal at times to avoid upsetting some clients. At this point, I'm really splitting hairs on a decision like this. Ordinarily I would buy 1 of everything and try them all, but it's hard to even find new or used guns right now. I'm wanting someone who has had both brands, if possible, to give me real-world experience. I don't need a knee-jerk reaction about "Ruger is GREAT!"; I already have a safe full of them. I also don't need to hear that Smith sold out and can't be trusted; I'm buying a gun, not a political event. What I want is actual experience with both brands, if possible. I'm open to ideas and opinions about other models, but I prefer a SS, SA/DA with adj. sights and a hammer. I need this gun to fill a specific role: responding to 2-or 4- legged beasts when I'm out in the field. I've got other carry guns, but this is an itch that I want to scratch. I know the difference a quality holster makes, but I had a broken back that lets me feel every extra ounce at times. I ordinarily buy lightly-used guns at good prices, just harder to do that lately. So how about it? Release the floodgates and give me some honest experience, just save the hate-mail for someone else! Thanks for listening, I love to read this forum!