The 4" model of any make of revolver is about as well balanced as it gets. So far as recoil from .38s it is light compared to full house .357s. You said you wanted it for a house/range gun and that would be a perfect choice. I would take a good look at the Ruger GP-100 before I made my mind up. For maybe a few dollars more you will have a gun that your grandson will thank you for some day. Good luck.