With premium ammunition like Buffalo Bore, the .38 Special is equal to the 9mm. As a practical matter either one would work. I would check out the Ruger SP 101 or a Ruger SR 9c. Unless you are going to spend a lot of time at the range shooting, a double action revolver would be your best choice. It takes more practice to master a pistol. The revolver goes from night stand to fire with no safety or slide to consider. No better all around gun than the Ruger GP 100.
Last edited by jmortimer; October 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM.