I Iike the look of the brass, too, but I'd heard from numerous sources that it isn't as durable as stainless. Similarly, I'd also been informed that the frames that do not have the top strap over the cylinder are not as strong. It is for those reasons that I chose the 1858 stainless models for my entry into this realm.I love the look of stainless and its ease of maintenance, but I also like the traditional look of brass combined with case hardened steel. I will carry my 1851 Confederate
Navy Sheriff when the time comes.
I do plain growing my collection, however, and a Navy is on the list. They're so inexpensive, comparatively speaking, and with being able to have them shipped right to my door, why not?! :grin