Hey yall, I am a newcomer to the forum so bear with me here, haha. I am lookin for a .357 for a sidearm while huntin, home protection, and target shootin also. I want a .357 because of its versatility with .38 sp loads also i am looking for one with a 4" barrel again for versatility of comfortable carrying without compromising too much accuracy. I have done some research but dont know how reliable it is. I have come to believe that overall the S&W model 686 is the best, then the colt python, then the ruger, respectively. I am just wondering from owners or people who have shot and tested any of these guns what their opinions are. I have shot my uncles python and boy is that baby sweeeeet, but i have no other experience with these caliber guns to compare it to. I would basically like some general info such as reliability, trigger pull, comfort, recoil, accuracy, reliability, different load info, and anything else! I want to know as much info as i can to make the right choice because this is a big decision in my mind, price info might be nice too and maybe something about holsters. Thanks a lot and happy shootin.