Most of the "bad reviews" seem a lot more like wishful thinking and third hand info by Smith people if you ask me. The very same ones who bemoan the new Smiths with the abominable safety, but rave about the old ones. I don't know why, but a lot of Smith people seem to see Taurus as the anti-Christ. I have owned a host of guns from all the manufacturers, and I don't see where Taurus is any worse or better than the rest of them. I have run into problems with all of them (I used to sell guns) and all of them took care of the problems, albeit not as fast as the customer might have wished. I personally have two Taurus revolvers right now, a .357 and a .44 Spl., and I like them as well as my others. These two have been totally trouble free, and so have most of the others I have seen.