While not as common anymore we still run into individuals, shops and companies marketing lightweight guns that fire service cartridges (9mm, .38 Special and up) to women. These guns are small, light and easy to carry, but woe unto anyone man or woman who thinks these guns are easy to shoot. The light weight means they will have a fair amount of recoil and the short muzzle means a reduced sight radius making them harder to shoot accurately. Yes, I know of people who do practice at 50 and 100 yards with snubbies, but they practically live on a range, most of us do not (would that we could).
Brigid is no stranger to firearms and while she does not claim to be an expert, she is most certainly not an amateur and knows what she is talking about when it comes to shooting irons. Her recent review of a S&W 637 illustrates the commitment and skills required to use one of these guns as a defensive weapon proficiently. When discussing the idea of putting 50+ rounds through the gun in a range session, Brigid aptly compares such an idea to “munch[ing] on a bunch of ghost peppers while getting a Brazilian Bikini Wax.”
If you go on to the comments you will find men and women alike commenting on the difficulty of shooting these guns. Like Brigid says these guns do have their place in the concealed carry wardrobe, but if you’re looking for a revolver as a first or primary firearm you may be better off looking for a S&W Combat Magnum. Personally, I think you’d be well served by a 686 or Ruger GP100 as well if you wanted a revolver. Otherwise I’d have you check out auto pistols like the S&W M&P series. No matter what your choice learn to maintain it and practice frequently. If you carry more than one firearm (not necessarily at the same time, but some do) be sure they all get included in your practice regimen.