I have had a .38 for a couple years
and really enjoy it. I shoot both factory and reloaded ammo,I even had some squibs made up for fun shooting
As. A defense gun, you have 2 powerful shots a slow reload tough trigger(necessarily so!) and difficult safety. The sights are useless. Point and shoot. Will it save your life? Probably but only at close range.
It's 1862technology as deadly as ever!
I suggest a model36 or the like.
Istill won't part with my Cobra though, it is too much FUN!