All: "Hi, Chris!"
In the mid to late 90's, my first and only handgun purchase was a Colt Detective Special, turned out to be one of the last models produced. After having it for several months, I got nervous and foolishly sold it without ever firing it.
I am sorry for your loss.
this seems to be a more serious firearms forum.
Seriously though, welcome to the forum! I am eager to share my opinions, and they are worth every penny you paid for them!
My first: Things are less than Rosy out there, and having a gun that you are proficient with is a Good Thing.
2nd Opinion; Save your brass. .38 Special is ridiculously expensive as factory ammo, and ridiculously easy to reload.
If you have any questions on reloading, I am more than happy to tell you what I know .....