A little off topic, but I was at our local indoor range a couple of weeks ago and there was a young woman who wanted to return an airweight 38. After she left I mentioned to the old man behind the counter that I didn't think that's a great gun for a new shooter, because they're difficult to shoot well.
He corrected me. They are not meant to be shot. They're not meant to be aimed, they're belly guns, he's carried one for the last 20 years, he's never shot it, because the only thing they're good for is putting the gun in someone's belly and pulling the trigger.
Why did S&W spend the money to cut rifling into the barrel and put that little pointy thing on the end of the gun, if you're not supposed to point it at a target and shoot once in a while? I've been doing it wrong this whole time.
I'm an almost average pistol shooter on my best day, and even I can hit center of mass on a silhouette sitting still with a snubby at 25 yards. It's definitely not natural skill. Everybody else's target retrieval system must be broke, because the other 9 lanes seem to get stuck inside of 10 yards. I think I just happen to get the one lane that will let you run the target all the way back, and if I paid for the whole lane I'm going to use the whole lane.
Yeah, there wasn't any shortage of folks who used to call snub revolvers 'belly guns' because they didn't consider them accurate. Of course, that didn't stop skilled revolver shooters from using them in snub-only competitions, even some that ran targets out to 50+ yards.
Granted, the very attributes that are generally considered to make little snubs so practical and handy for concealed carry are often the same attributes that make them harder to shoot. Even revolver shooters who did well with full-size revolvers could have some trouble running the little snubs accurately and controllably, but that's because the little wheelies demanded more of the shooter, skill-wise.
It also wasn't uncommon to hear some folks refer to the little snubs as being guns better suited to 'experts. Dunno about that, but it did generally take some more focused attention to developing the skills to shoot them fast and accurately.
They aren't for everybody. I'd not think to start someone getting into shooting handguns, as defensive weapons, on the little snubs. Especially not the lightest models, or with +P (for those models rated for +P).
Then, there's the MAGNUM caliber 5-shot snubs, which can be daunting in their recoil ... or downright brutal to shoot.