Originally Posted by c3shooter
(a) good (b) cheap
If you like the J frame, go for the orginal- a S&W Model 36. With everyone buying stainless 357s, some of the blued Mdl 36s are hitting the used market for reasonable prices- but cheap to you and cheap to me may not be the same thing.
+1 on getting a S&W J--and I would definitely stay away from a .357 unless you are an experienced shooter or plan on shooting .38 Specials in at, as they are very difficult to control for most people. I will say though, that the Taurus Model 856 intrigues me--6 shots of .38 Special in basically a J frame. I've seriously considered getting one, perhaps doing some trigger work, and shooting it a bunch to see if I trust it--but I already have a S&W 637 to fall back on.