For shooting, I get the same experience from my 4 or 5" (below) Pre MKIII Official Police with target grips in .38S. The action is the same and with a bit of work (now hard to find a good Colt DA man) you can get the same trigger feel. Limited to the fixed sights but I use 158gr SWC standard pressure for my range load and this gun is fine with the 158 +P. I still see the COPs in the 3-500 range for great shape guns. I even found a refinished Colt Commando shooter in great mechanical shape for $250 a couple of years back.