That was a tough choice to make simply because there are so many good ones listed. I chose S&W because they have really turned that company around in the last few years. I remember when that total idiot Ed Shultz was running things back when they were owned by Tompkins PLC, a British holding company. He was the one that caved to the Clinton Administration with that silly, stupid deal. Shultz by his own admission, didn't know much about firearms, or what the buying public wanted. He was little more than a bean counter, and a poor one at that. The company was running in the red, and many shooters were boycotting S&W products because of that dumb agreement. Since Safe-T-Hammer bought them they have really come around. Many new innovative products and guns like the .460 and .500 Magnum revolvers that are selling like hotcakes in many different barrel lengths and configurations. A new model AR-15 rifle, again in several configurations, and vastly improved auto pistols. Also a greatly expanded Performance Center with many new offerings. It's hard to see how they could have done any better. Bill T.