Sucks it was your first Python, because I would also recommend selling it and buying what you want. Save the barrel, work, and refinish costs. I have seen snub Pythons selling in the low $2Ks lately. So the money you spend to convert your existing Python is just paying money to take away value in my opinion.I love this Python this was my first Python, but have always wanted a smaller barrel. I just won an ebay auction on a 2 1/2 barrel. I plan on shooting this on a monthly basis and the gun will sit next to my bed in speed vault. I only have 1900 invested in the gun and the barrel so far. Maybe I should post before and after pictures?