I was looking for a quality, concealable revolver in .38. I wanted something quality that would last a while, such as a Ruger or S&W. Because this is concealed carry size, I like that it has an enclosed hammer for pragmatic reasons, although I actually prefer the look of traditional hammers. .357's were on the menu too, but I wasn't sure which one I wanted yet whether mid or full sized so I didn't want to drop the higher price on one yet. There was an SP101 there which I didn't want to spend $750 on. I got this one below for $499 before tax. MSRP is $497.