Originally Posted by fnfalman
You need to do the research and gun tryout yourself then make an informed decision. Snubnose resolvers are very hard to shoot well and that is for the seasoned shooter.
Nothing wrong with a snubbie, but as a first gun or one of the first guns to a beginner? I would recommend against it.
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I concur. Not only these facts, but short .38 barrels often do not allow bullets to get up to a velocity that allows hollowpoints to open up and expand. Generally, a 3 inch or longer barrel is needed, but make concealability more difficult.
My recommendation is to seriously look at some of the micro 9mm's now out on the market (S&W Shield, Beretta NANO, for example). If this size seems like it will work for you, try out as many different models as you can. This is a quickly growing segment with several varieties from which to choose.