Thanks for your input!
I'd like to thank everyone that took the time to respond to my question about finding a more user friendly handgun for my wife's use at the range. I've decided to take the advice that was offered to start using my .357, but load it with 38 Special ammunition. To answer the question as to why I never fired it after all these years... back when I bought the gun, I had every intention of taking it to the range, but life moved on and after 3 job transfers to 3 different states, I just never got around to doing it. Once again, thanks to all that replied. I'm glad that I found this great forum.