I've drug mine across the nightstand drawer a couple times. She's no beauty queen though. There was a couple folks on here that snagged the new ones and were very happy with em. Maybe they don't have the soul like the older ones but sounded like nice guns. I'm certainly not advocating that you subject yourself to crappy CS but FWIW I've never had to use S&W's CS YMMV. I certainly wouldn't rule out older S&W guns unless your bride has her heart set on a Python (a good thing). I'm just barely getting into the old S&W wheel guns and I think that they have a lot to offer.