S&W had some problems with their early semi-auto pistols....namely the Model 39 and Model 59 (which led to the joke that the 59 was a 39 with 20 more mistakes
), the Sigma Series doesn't have a great reputation, and the current S&W-marketed Walther PPKs have had some quality problems......but.......even during Smith's worst years (Bangor Punta), as far as I know, they've always made top quality revolvers.
In fact, during WWI, when S&W was making the M1917 revolver, the Gov't. complained that they were making them too
good and not cranking them out fast enough.....which let to the Government taking over operation of the S&W plant.
This is a new one on me!