I'd at least glance at the Taurus 617 ... it's a steel snubbie, 7 rds of .357 or .38Spcl, plenty of weight to absorb recoil but not hard to carry ... I didn't care for the trigger and had a 'smith clean it up, but it has otherwise been a perfect gun for me, accurate and fun to shoot ... it is single/double ...
"The gun has been called the great equalizer ... It insures that the people are the equal of their government whenever that government forgets that it is servant and not master of the governed." --Ronald Reagan