I posted a review on the "first shot" forum, but thought it might be useful here too.
I'll paraphrase my original post, since it's still on the other forum......
I bought the Armscor M200, the 4" .38 revolver made in the Phillipines by Armscor, also makers of the popular Rock Island 1911A1's.
Overall, it's what I would call an awesome "training-practice-fun" revolver, but I wouldn't carry or keep it for protection, personally, because I have so many other better handguns, rifles, shotguns for that purpose, including S&W, Ruger and Colt DA .38 and .357 revolvers.
I was pretty excited by the performance of the Armscor, it is an accurate revolver that feels good in the hand.
However, what keeps me from putting this in the "personal defense" category is that my particular revolver will over-time (overthrow) the cylinder past the bolt stop on fast DA or if I really yank the hammer back in SA......a good revolver should not leave the factory this way. I contacted Armscor's US office in Navada and they said they would fix it free if I sent it back, good customer service but again, a new revolver shouldn't have this problem.
I did take the sideplate off, and played with the bolt stop spring and it was a little off center in the groove where it rides. Thinking a weak bolt stop spring may be the cause of the cylinder overthrow, I decided to try to clean it as the action was caked in cosmo.
It did overthrow LESS after I cleaned and repositioned the spring, but it still does it. I have ID'd the problem, though. I am going to take a chance and order a Colt Cobra bolt stop spring, since the Armscors are roughly copies of this revolver. Maybe a stronger spring will stop the over-throw and make this a 100% reliable revolver.
Still, for a little more money you can get something better if you don't own many guns. I am an obsessive collector of service revolvers and couldn't turn down a 4" .38 for $250, and I think these are good buys overall and I have run 300+ rounds through mine already and it's lots of fun to shoot. Just a couple glitches I can fix myself and I'll have a nice little "knockaround" range shooter. I shoot very often, and buy as much .38 Special as I can, and don't like to put 1,000's of rounds through my nicer vintage Smith .38's. As much as I love my .357's I prefer the feel and pointability of a 4" .38 medium frame revolver.
The frame is alloy, so we'll see how it holds up to lots of shooting. I woudn't shoot any +P's in this, but I don't see this revolver going much more than 5,000 rounds until something will need to be fixed. Maybe 10,000+ and there will probably be an issue with frame stretching. But, still, enjoy your nice vintage Smith and Colt revolvers and buy stuff like the Armscor for punching paper, it's more than up to task for this role, the jury's still out as to whether I would even keep it as a glove box gun though. I read that the Phillipines and other Asiatic countries use these as police and security sidearms, not sure what to make of that, but maybe I just got a lemon with a timing glitch. Still, I like it enough to look for the 4" all-steel version, supposedly these are made with tough tool-grade steel frames and barrels, and have no underlug. The reasons they went with an alloy frame for a 4" supposed "duty gun" doesn't make sense to me.