I bought my first J-Frame in the early seventies, a Model 36 Chief’s Special in .38 Special. This steel frame gun has probably been the most popular of the J-Frame concealed-carry guns. I’ve owned several other J-Frames over the years, including a lightweight alloy frame model in .22 Long Rifle with a 3-inch barrel. Weighing just 10.9 ounces, the gun is a delight to carry when hunting or hiking. But for self-defense guns, the .38 Special is by far the most popular, although the .357 Magnum provides the most options because it can be used with .38 Special, .38 Special +P, and .357 Magnum ammo.