Not to tweak you, David, but...
Quote: "If LE went back to 6-shot K-frame model 10s with .38 Spl. +P ammo I don't think there would be any significant change in the gunfighting effectiveness of LE and we'd sure save a lot of time and money thta could be better used elsewhere. My $.02." - David Armstrong post #6
So yes, part of your premise was a savings of time and money.