Many years ago a Taurus was considered a piece of junk. And while I see them as being more popular today, and don't hear as much about them being substandard, I consider a firearm a precision tool (yes, even Glocks). So if I buy a gun, I buy only top grade stuff: my 1911s are Colt (I know what you are thinking Kimber fans
), BUG snubbies are S&W, carry is a G30sf.
I don't screw around with 2nd line stuff, no matter how cute it is. And while I know some have a budget, for the extra $100 or so, you get the real deal, so wait one more payday and go for the best.