I narrowed my choice to the R1 & a SA Range Officer. I chose the RO. I just felt like it was a tighter gun. Plus I knew that it was a forged frame vs. cast frame. I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference, but I read about the it in my research & it stuck in my mind. I know I can't shoot enough ammo to break a cast frame, but once I get something in my mind it is there. I went with the forged frame.