Originally Posted by gmborkovic
Stop your search! A K frame RB 3" Mod.-547, 9mm. An absolute delight to carry and shoot. Best
...and out of your budget range, unfortunately.
If you can live with 38+P, you have options as described above.
Another thought is, there's a new Model 66 with a 2 3/4" barrel coming out any time now. I think it would meet all the criteria you have. $849 is suggested retail, so maybe you can get one for closer to what you want to spend.