As expected you got the mixed reviews that will leave you where you started - making your own decision. You won't go wrong either way. If you buy a Python and have remorse, you will resell it easily. It is money in the bank. I have bet mine on its lasting value. So far so good. Also: Sometimes you just git er done and see where the chips fall, or else the dream will keep nagging your soul. Unlike most S&W the Pythons weren't fired a lot by their owners, even at the times they were routinely carried by police officers.
You can punch targets just as accurately for a lot less. There is no rational reason to buy a Python. It is all between your ears.