I would go with a 4" 357 in the k-frame size like the 19/66 or Security Six. They're not too heavy, but still 6 shots.
Buckeye has some nice options listed.
Gun permit?? A bread crumb tossed to a sleeping society awoken by the sound of complacency. "They are for your own good", and "you will understand when you see all the lives they save". Yes master, what else will you toss me from your bag of infringements?? Do you want me to roll over and play dead? I do that very well. --skidder