I share your feelings about the 3 inch S&Ws. I love the balance and shootability of them. I own 3 inch Detective Specials I wouldn't trade for ANYTHING. I no longer own a ruger DA though the SP-101 I used to have was also a 3 inch gun.
Mark Lane to William Buckley: "Have you ever referred to Jessee Jackson as an ignoramus?"
Buckley: "If I didn't, I should have"