If your dad is adamant on one of these types, I'd get the S&W product for its quality, and customer service. The three Taurus' I've handled and shot here on our farm were less than satisfactory....lousy trigger pull, sprayed lead from the cylinder/barrel gap with lead alloy bullets, key-holed .45 LC's at 21 feet, and insufficient penetration with the #4 buck shot that was tried. And anecdotal evidence would suggest that Taurus' customer service leaves much to be desired. Rod
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