I bought my first gun in 2005 at the recommendation of a local gun dealer for home defense. It was a S&W Model 686 with a 4 inch barrel. I bought it without ever having shot one before. Learned on it and practiced with it thru 2007, then it went into storage as did my shooting until this year. When I resumed target shooting a month ago I took it with me and instantly remembered why I enjoy this gun so much. It is reliable, accurate, easy to clean and I have never experienced a problem with it. Hope this helps.