Update on my friend's final decision. He purchased a S&W Airweight 38 Special (hammerless model) and decided to take the CC course. The guy at the gun shop told him not having an exposed hammer added a degree of safety should the gun fall into the wrong hands. I don't agree so much with that idea but since he's going to CC with it the hammerless feature is fine. He is now looking to buy a 12 gauge Mossberg 500 or Remington pump. Since he now intends to CC I think he made a good choice with the S&W snubbie. He hasn't fired the revolver since he took the CC course because he can't find 38 Special ammo. I did warn him about that and one of the reasons why I advised him to consider at 9mm pistols. I think he's moving along in a good direction and hopefully he will put in the practice needed to master whatever he chooses to carry or use for HD.