I have a cobra .38, and I too, put a couple rds through it every time I shoot. Like today, for instance. and yes, with regular .38spl ammo, it does sting your hand! And the trigger pull is, well, not for a light touch, lol! But it does put the bullet pretty much where you want it, I carry this one concealed daily, and I have no doubt that it would suck to be the one shot by it.
"I'm your huckleberry, it's just my game"