I have many snub nose guns from S&W and Ruger plus even more semi autos carry guns. The gun that gets the lion's share of carry time is my S&W 340 PD. Even fully loaded, it feels too light to be a real gun. The first time my friends asked to see it, they thought it was a toy gun and I was just pulling their leg due to the weight.
Despite the stories on the internet about this gun taking off you fingers after one shot and big men crying from pain after a few rounds, it is not bad at all and I am a senior citizen. If you use mid power .357 magnums like Golden Sabers, it is manageable for a cylinder or two before you start noticing its recoil. For best results, use 38 +P. Even at my age I can shoot a box of 50 with nothing more than a little red spot on my hand which is gone by the time I get home.
Despite everything people say about this great reliable little gun, if you are extremely recoil sensitive, use the new Hornady 95 .38 spl lite ammo. Feels like a .380. For some reason a lot of people think that if it says .357 on it, you MUST shot .357 magnums in it. Nope, you have a choice of several different powered ammo to choose from to suit every need.
No matter what you load it with, it is a gun that you will always carry with you because it carries very well in pocket or on a belt. You just forget it is there after a while. Shoots straight if you take the time to learn how to shoot a snub nose gun. The fiber optic front sight makes aiming under various conditions, real easy.
Put a pair of Crimson Trace laser grips on it, like I did and you have a fantastic carry gun. I grew up with revolvers and in my two encounters of the close kind, never had just having 5 rounds to be a problem. Of course, if you are into spraying and praying, this is not the gun for you. If doing a high five hurts your hand, this is not the gun for you. If you are not used to more contact with your hand greater than a hand shake, this is not the gun for you.
It is a gun that is for someone who will practice with it and is not recoil sensitive. If this old man with arthritic hands, can handle this gun, so can you.