Thanks! I really like the idea of a 4" barrel to help prevent muzzle flip for my wife in a home defense scenario. (it would be loaded with .38 +p for her) A secondary use for this will be to carry while camping with .357 loads. My 1911 in .45cal is probably less than ideal against larger wildlife.
I may just go with the 2" then. Again, it's primary use is to protect my wife. I am also trying to buy new and keep the price down. So S&W is out.. :-)