My step-dad is a retired Chief of Police and began his law enforcement career in the early `70's. He and I were talking about guns and he was wondering what his mint Model 29 6" S&W was worth. He bought it after Dirty Harry came out. I told him that the Colt Pythons were now the hot ticket with some going for over $2k. He wrinkled his nose and said they were never as good as the Smiths. He said guys had a much harder time qualifying with the Pythons than with the S&W 66. He said the Pythons were prone to failures and just weren't as well built as the Smiths. He said he has no idea why anyone would pay that much for an inferior weapon. It was an interesting conversation; I had no idea there were any aspersions cast towards the Pythons. So was my old man correct or is he showing signs of dementia?