Charter Arms...I have a friend who has one and she LOVES it!I'm not Taurus-bashing, but how hard can it be? It's basically a J-Frame clone, made with similar tooling. I know there's a history there but I'm too settled in front of the wood stove to Google it now.
Charter Arms has made strides in reliability compared to Taurus. They would be my choice for a new, low-price snub. That said, I'd buy a premium make first. My #2 choice after the Kimber K6S was the DAO SP101. They are worth the extra $$. And that brings me to my next point.
Perhaps like me, you know the darned thing will work during the worst moment of your life so far. Yes, if I could carry my 6.5" Blackhawk without anyone seeing it I would, instead of a snub. Just because it is so wicked accurate and makes a great club, in a pinch.
The only issue I've had with revolvers of any sort has been with bad reloads when I was new to it; 0 failures out of thousands of rounds, otherwise, with factory rounds or good reloads.
I've had several SP101's and I still have my original 2.25" in .357 which I purchased new in December 1994 (25 years old this Christmas) and I still love it and, occasionally, carry it!
I've considered a DAO model, but just haven't gone down that road...as of yet!
The Kimber K-6...I shot one of those a year ago and instantly fell in love it it! In the short-term, it's just outside of the budget right now...but there'll be a day!
Why a revolver, some have asked? Because it's something I trust in a moment I never want to have to deal with, but have because those who know me know I would deal with it!