Every new gun I have ever purchased has been a ruger. I won a pair of Colt Diamondbacks. I haven't shot the 38 much at all. The 22 LR I have shot it so much I actually wore out the cylinder guide rod. I have a Dan Wesson 15 -2 that is my hunting companion unless I am going into rough terrain. In rough terrain or in a boat I take my Ruger Blackhawk. The 15-2 may be retired soon. New parts are becoming hard to find for it.