I agree with the revolver suggestion, but NOT a snubby. A four inch barrel, medium framed revolver that can handle .38Spl +P is fine.
I agree, a model 10 with a 4" barrel, loaded with 147g wadcutters for quick fallow up shot's (low recoil), and good penetration. Or, some std pressure 158g SJHP's. I use both in my M37 Airweight, first shot a 147.