The picture of the stainless gun I posted cost me $325 out the door price for the gun. It was lightly used. It is a pre lock model so no worries over the lock. The trigger is butter smooth in double action. Single action is light, and breaks clean. Recoil is a non factor the gun is solid stainless steel. It has enough weight and heft to soak up any .38 spcl recoil without being uncomfortable.
They can be found for $400 give or take a small bit.
No matter how many times you do it and nothing happens it only takes something going wrong one time to kill you.