A 4" barreled 6-shot .38 Special has kept a lot of people safe for a lot years. Nothing wrong with your choice. In deference to your recently broken wrist, let me suggest that you spend some extra money and get a box of 148gr. Hollow-base WadCutter (HBWC) ammunition to run through your revolver. It is by no means the least expensive ammunition available for .38 Special, but it IS the mildest, and will be kind to your wrist when first learning the weapon. Given its unusual (for most purposes) bullet shape, it is also not kind to bad guys who insist on being ventilated before seeing the error of their ways. If you find, later, that you can tolerate more powerful "standard" or +P rounds when practicing, so much the better, but you can still learn on the ammunition I suggested. If the revolver does not come with soft rubber grips, these can be replaced with Pachmayr ("PACK-my-ur") or other brand of grips, which will mitigate recoil a little. Shop around for a pair which fit your hand as well as the revolver. The most comfortable grips on the planet will do you no good, if they are too big for you to get a good grasp on the weapon. Lastly, practice regularly with the most powerful ammunition your orthopedic condition will tolerate. Consistently putting 6 rounds into a gallon-size milk jug is more than sufficient accuracy, though more is always desirable. Once the repeated ability to do this is obtained, concentrate on speed, always striving to stay on the milk jug, 6 out of 6 shots, at 10 yards. A little bit later, the goal will be to put 2 shots in the milk jug and one shot in an apple above it. This will happen slowly at first. When it becomes easier, concentrate on doing it more rapidly, always focusing on keeping the 1st 2 shots on the milk jug and the 3rd shot on the "apple". You may achieve this skill in one or two range sessions. Do not be discouraged if you do not. Practice and concentration are the keys.