You're talking about a S&W correct? Good reliable guns for sure.
I have a Ruger LCR with tritum night sights in 38 Special that serves as a CCW gun. It's light but it's a DAO only gun which you might not like.
Take a course, man. Best thing you can do is to find a reliable gun, and practice with it consistently. The GLOCK 19 is reliable as fuck. I carried one as a contractor for 2+ years in Iraq, and even in those conditions, it never failed with reasonable maintenance. But it all depends on how you shoot it. Some people just don't like em, and I'm not one to argue with that. All I know is I have been effective with them.
I agree. I have a 438 and it's a bitch to shoot. Definitely NOT for a beginning shooter. On the other hand, it's reliable and accurate. Just takes some doing to shoot well. But then, I practice with is constantly.
lol This isn't a competition. Stay in your lane.