Is there any supposed difference in quality control? My parkerized loaded is an N prefix and is well puttogether. Curiously, I also bought Taurus M605 .357 snubbie for a buddy and was impressed with the workmanship, high polish blue, fit, and function for under $300. It wasn't a Colt Python, but it was plenty nice enough for the price. The Brazilians seem to be making a good go with firearms.