Before you buy anything, try the Ruger LCR.
As a retired GM Design/Development engineer I carried a Colt 1911 Government "STEEL" 45 ACP up in the rust belt longer than you have been circling the earth! Then I moved to S. FL and found out that with the reduction of clothing requirements prohibited the use of my IWB Galco Royal Guard with my Colt O1070XSE.
Oh yea, ask anyone here what my position on tupperware is? (As the Devil Dogs say, "adapt & conquer!)
My motto was “Real men shower with their 1911s!” Canebrake has modified that to “Real men adapt to what makes them comfortable from a PD standpoint and fits under a Tommy Bahama signature camp shirt!”
Well that made me look at the 13.5 oz Ruger LCR in .38 Special +P.
I fell in lust with this little lady and haven’t looked back. After nearly 1K rounds down range and extensive practice of point shooting, (yea, point shooting for you non-believers!) this IS
The South Florida carry piece!! It’s a gangstr’ killer (suprizer) and doesn’t pull your beltless shorts down when going commando in the heat! (I’m sure you know what I mean!)
Note: When carrying 110 gr Cor-Bon +P JHP’s this light-weight LCR talks to the operator when used in anger! I have a 460 Rowland 1911 Government that recoils less than this Ruger. I personally find it very similar in recoil to a S&W wheel gun chambered in 44 Rem Mag. This recoil experience is with +P JHP's and fired with one hand point shooting. When both hands are used, there is a significant reduction in recoil. If this +1 recoil factor is not a problem for you then you really need to look at this LCR for your go-to CCW piece.
The new Ruger patented "CAM ACTION" trigger design is unlike any other DA wheel gun I have ever shot. It alone is worth the price of admission!
I picked mine up a month ago for <$400, range ammo is cheap and the +P will do the PD assignment!
This gun will
be a big hit! It has made a real believer of this old fart!