Well it's also the reboot of Colt's premium flagship revolver, released using new manufacturing methods and a time when a LOT of firearm brands' quality has suffered. It's going to be scrutinized more heavily than anything Colt has produced maybe ever.In related news, a co-worked I'm mentoring into shooting has been building up a nice collection of .22, 9mm, and recently .45 ACP pistols. After much reading, visiting my modest collection etc., he decided on a 3" unfluted cylinder S&W 686 as his first revolver. It was not a cheap gun.
He called shortly after picking it up asking if he could stop by to show it to me. I could tell by the tone of his voice something was wrong. That led to me seeing my first canted barrel S&W revolver in person. It looked fine from the side, but was glaring when viewed from the top.
Of course there aren't going to be endless youtube videos about it, video responses from S&W, and so on. It's a known problem with current S&Ws, but they are still held to a lighter standard than Colt.