On the cheap, cheap, you could get a Rock Island .38 SPC 6 shot. I think they are $209 from online stores. Look up the model number M200 4" and M206 2" from Rock Island. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U35zW2Yhilw You will see mixed reviews. I don't have any personal dealings with Rock Island/Armscor, and I don't work. I have owned Taurus Revolvers, and like them. I currently own a Rossi M729 fixed sight model .44 SPC that has been has some work done on it that I asked for, but even before that it was super accurate. It is DA only, and is an InterArms model from probably the early to mid 1990s. I think if new Rossi comes out with a decent .38 non-+P at Academy for like $259 twice a year. At least they did. The finish isn't the best, but it would work. Also, the Taurus 605 would be a good gun to own. It is a .357 6 shot. I have heard good things about them from who I think are reliable people. The M85 is a nice J-Frame .38 as well. But for $279 you can buy a Bersa .380 ACP, and load all the +P ammo you want in it from companies like Underwood or Buffalo Bore, and have a very fast shoots and easier reloads. No, it isn't a 158 grain slug, but the companies I mentioned are serving up some very good ammo for the .380 ACP these days.