My opinion, I think many folks overlook the CC merits of the good old fashioned snubnosed 38 special. That's what I started with and I still carry them frequently (although I just purchased a Taurus PT709). My favorite is an old 1960s S&W model 49. Worn blue, wooden grip, heavier all steel, but as trusty as they come. Old School, simple, and effective. Here's a couple of pics of my snubs.
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