Hi there, - I have a 9UCpro also, been thinking also about a a b.u.g(back up gun) of the revolver variety - here's a Czech (Alfa Proj) company that's been in the business for long time, I like the looks and price(277.00), alloy frame, of their 38-spcl, AND it's available to order. .. I also like the size and design of the handle. A lot of smaller guns out there have too small of handle for control to suit me. See what ya think..... Czechpoint - Product - Revolvers - .38 Special - CzechPoint 830
There are loads of them listed on both GunBroker and GunAuction. I "won" a 357magnum Taurus that I keep loaded with .38 Specials. (I got rid of all my 38's and standardized to .357 wheelguns.) I like the option of being able to load it with the magnums if needed, but really doubt that I ever will. Mine is Blued, but I would recommend a Stainless frame because of the nature of where a BUG is carried.
Taurus makes a 9mm revolver which might be logical for a UC9 BUG. It uses "clips" to hold the ammo. I'm told that they make for quick reloading. (The model 905 is a 2 inch bbl, 5 shot, J-Frame.)
Also, try your local Pawn Shops. When times are tough, people sell their perfectly good stuff.
I have the Taurus m605 which is a 5 shot J-frame with a 2 1/4 inch bbl chambered .357 magnum.
I also have a Dan Wesson model 714-2 (stainless, fixed sight) which is a 6 shot that has the 2 1/2 inch bbl mounted. And a D.W. model 15-2 (blue, adj. rear sight target model) which is a 6 shot, and mine has a 6 inch bbl. And a High Standard Sentinnal Mk 2 with the 3 3/4 inch bbl. that is blue. The H.S. was made by Dan Wesson and is basically the model 14 (no dash) frame and shroud. The "no dash" Wessons are also known as a "Pork Chop" because of the older shroud design. The H.S. does have the updated barrel nut of the " dash 2" models. These three 6 shooters are a little larger than a Smith "K" frame, but not quite an "L" frame. They're a bit large and heavy for concealed carry, much less a BUG.
The D.W. line was prized for their accuracy and the interchangeable barrel system. The barrels are screwed into the frame (set the gap space) and the bbl shroud is tensioned from the front. This seemed to lessen the bbl vibrations, thus increasing their accuracy. They were very popular in Silhoutte style shooting (steel outlines of various critters at extended ranges) because of this.
Here's one of the Pistol Pac kits. Dan Wesson Pistol Pac, 4 barrels, case, 357, NICE! : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
The only 6 shot J-Frame mid-bore that I am aware of is the Taurus model 856. It came in 38 Special only. They have been discontinued, but you might find one on the auction sites.
I hope I was able to help you out.
Wow ----see, you know so much more about this whole subject than I do--- I hardly know how to respond. Would you mind telling me how much the DW 714-2 would be? I don't want to change barrels and would not try to carry it but sounds like a great gun to own in 38 stainless. I have big long hands. Is there plenty of grip space?
First the easy answer. Revolver grips are easily changed, so grip size shouldn't be too critical. Frame size is. Also a round grip frame hides better than a square gip frame.
My High Standard still has the wooden target grips on it. Target grips have more girth and are not made to hide under your shirt. They are wider at the bottom and will "print". This is my "field" gun, so I haven't yet changed them. They look like the pair that is mounted on this D.W. Dan Wesson 357 Mag Pistol Pack 8" 6" 4" & 2 1/2" : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
My 2 1/2 in. bbl D.W. has Pachmayr Gripper Grips grips. Pachmayr® Pachmayr your primary source for quality handgun grips and recoil pads They are rubber with finger grooves, palm swell, and are relieved for a speed loader on the Left side. The rubber being over the backstrap reduces felt recoil, especially when shooting 357 magnums. (38's are a pussycat) Dan Wessons don't have the usual grip frame, just a stud to mount the grip. The 714-2 was my Every Day Companion before I got the Taurus m605 and my Bersa BT380.
The D.W. model 15-2 (6 inch) is my favorite shooter. It's a range gun for me, but I have a box of "Bear" loads (gators too)...just in case. I have the Hogue mono grip on it. That grip has an even softer rubber than the Pachmayer for more recoil absorption, has a longer grip angle, is relieved for a speed loader, and has finger grooves. It has a "tacky" feel, so it will catch on a cover garment, but I like it because my handgrip is less apt to move because of sweating. Dan Wesson Small Frame Rubber Monogrip  - $24.95 : Hogue Inc., The Best Value In Handgun Grips, Rifle Stocks and Accessories - Bar None!
#2) The "7" in the Dan Wesson model number designates the Stainlees Steel frame, that's all. ie 722 = S.S. frame 22lr, 714-2 = S.S. .357 mag, 744 = S.S. 44 magnum, etc.
#3) The hard part....price. Dan Wesson Revolvers have become a "cult" gun. There's always someone willing to pay too much, or start a "Reserve" very high so the prices run accordingly. Remember that they are of top quality, on a par with the legendary Colt Python, but with a more sturdy trigger mechanism than the Pythons are known for. Check Auction Arms and Gun Broker to get an idea of the current prices.
Seeing as you want a BUG/ nightstand gun in .38 Special, I'd say check into the used market. If you need to use it, the police will most likely take it for evidence. There's a bunch of Smith & Wesson model 10's, model 12's and Taurus model 82's in 38 Special floating around and you might find one at a decent price. I always figure in shipping, transfer fee ($25), and a trip to my gunsmith as part of the price. ($40 Bench fee)
Buying a used handgun scares some people, but you just need to know what to look / look out for. Here's an article by Chuck Hawks about that. Scroll about half way down for wheel guns. Buying a Used Handgun Print it out to take to the gun store or Pawn Shop when searching.
Is you head spinning, yet? lol