This is a discussion on The .38 Special... underrated? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Main Category category; Originally Posted by B2Tall Precisely why I bought a .357 when I wanted a snubbie. Plus, I can always shoot ...
S&W M&P 45; Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum; Charter Arms .38 Undercover
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Now.the ammo capacity arguement. Seriously. Look up the number of shots exchanged between victims and assailants on average. its lower than you think. Real life exchanges arw not like out of a die hard film. Also, BGs fall down after being shot usualy from a sudden drop in blood pressure because of the hole in them. Even a .380 can do that if you get a couple of.good hits or one great hit. Its not about bone exploding, lung shredding, shrapnel flying... Its internal bleeding and shock that are most likely.to make.them fall down.
Excellent info here guys! As to some of the references to .38 Specials bouncing off car windshields, YES it happens! Know too that my father works for the Durham, NC Police department and has tested all the popular pistol calibers againts car windshields(.25, .32, .380, .38, .357, 9mm, .40, & .45)... and suprisingly, one round everybody LOVES didn't "pass the test" either.... guess what it was???
The S&W .40! Yeah, every round they tested at one point(depending on distance/angle) bounced right off! So... what's this mean? EVERY round round has it's draw backs in one form or another. History is full of stories about guns & calibers of all sizes failing to do what it "SHOULD" have done.
Wheel Guns, you pull the trigger and they go bang every time. (unless you really abuse the snot out of them)
I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out what gun to make my primary 'do all' gun. I looked at just about everything on the market today and while trying to find something both easily concealable yet reliable, I ended up with the s&w 642. I don't feel under gunned at all with the .38 round and I bought 2 speed loaders to keep in the wifes purse. People get so wrapped up in all these semi auto reliability arguments we forget just how friggin reliable a wheel gun is
I like wheel guns. They are just thicker for carry. And have low capacity. But those were my first guns of choice. The trigger doesn't bother my that why I find it funny when ppl "hate" certain semi triggers so much?? Guess thats why there so many choices.
I carry a 38 J frame and it is accurate, and doesn't have too much muzzle jump. Never had to draw it, but would be confident if I had to.
So the 9mm semi is better than a .38 revolver? Really? I don't think I want to pocket carry a semi. How is the slide going to do in side of a coat pocket? You have stove pipes and misfeed possibilities with a semi-auto. None of those occur with a revolver. You do only get 6 tries though.
Each has its place. A snubby in the pocket is much better than a semi. (IMHO) However, I like my Colt riding on my hip for EDC.
Caliber - The comment regarding .38s v .44s was made regarding shot placement. Go ahead try to put 2 in the chest with a .44. You better really make the first one count, because for the average person, the second will be in the ceiling! The .38 is a great round. Used properly is will get the job done.
Each caliber and gun have a place and use. Figure out what works for you.
Just my .02.