Take a look at the Taurus line up. They are well built revolvers and handle very nicely and are quite a bit cheaper than the Rugers or Smiths. No, they do not carry the cache of the others, but thats not the real point, unless it is important to you. The ones that I have tried have an excellent single trigger action, while the DA triggers vary from model to model. Going over each pistol I have seen, the seams are tight with each showing no major flaws. My daughter wanted a Taurus 38 special for x-mas and I thought, I am not going to do that and got her a Ruger GP 101 in a 357 mag. with a 4 inch barrel so she can shoot 38 specials and I do not have to buy her another revolver when she wants to move up to a 357. Great pistol and more expensive that the Taurus, but now that I have purchased the Taurus, read some reviews on www.gun-tests.com
and looked at alot of their other revolvers, they are good gun and especially good for the price. In 1996, the Brazilian people in an overwhelming victory, voted down a George Soros funded campaign to ban all weapons in Brazil, to include the manufacture of any. This is in a country where there are few gun owners. I kind of liked supporting them, prefer to buy American, but I did not mind that I supported a country that beat down that ass George Soros.