I thought about this long and hard before I bought it. I bought a used S & W model 28 Highway Patrolman .357. It will shoot .38 special also, no problem. I bought it, shot a very few rounds, took a class to qualify for a CC shot a few rounds then. Observed that it was pretty accurate. Put it in my rather secure hiding spot to awaite a bad guy I hope never shows up. I felt I was set.
Then I started finding excuses to buy another and another and another, etc. Good luck.