First of all, I have been lurking and reading this forum for a few weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed the posts. Good reading for a newbie. I would appreciate your opinions and comments about a .38 special Ruger GP100. 4" barrel, blue finish, rosewood/rubber grips - offered to me new for sale for $379.00. This would be my first handgun. Shot a Remington 1100 16 gauge and a 1945 Winchester .22 short rifle (both inherited from my Dad) for years. I would like a decent home defense weapon and something to target shoot on our farm. I want something my wife could shoot (she is not afraid of anything and is tough as nails for a gal that is 5'2".) My bro-in-law is retired law enforcement and strongly urges me to start out with a good revolver. What do you guys think of the gun itself and how it would work for my intended uses? I keep reading good things about this gun and how a good .38 special +P bullet is a fine stopper. I appreciate your feedback and comments.