Mike and SP...
I have had (off and on) the same thought.
IMHO, that gun is a magnificent example of the best in S&W's newer offerings.
I am SO
tired of hearing the meritless complaining about 'THE LOCK
' that I could throw up!
Among my friends who own newer models, I've yet to hear or experience the 'urban legend' problems that seem to make the internet rounds.
As the proud owner of many of S&W's prewar big-bores, I can
tell you this: The new M-21's are probably tighter, sturdier and just as good-looking as any of my old 'collector' stuff.
Ask yourself this question?
For the money one of those will cost you, what else
can you buy to shoot and enjoy that won't be riddled with old-age problems, a shabby finish and beat-up grips?
Remember, the old-time big-bores come two ways...98% or 'rode hard and put away wet'.
Buy that newer one, it's a great dollar-value!