Don't overlook the Smith 640. All steel, and much easier to control due to the extra heft. (May not be an issue for you, but I have a lot of arthitis in my hands.) Same design as the 642/442 because it's their daddy. Not as heavy as the Ruger snub. Mine's a 1990 .38 Special, with etching inside the frame that says "Tested For +P+". It's 21 ounces unloaded. Handles +P ammo with ease.