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Snub Nose 38 Special Gun Review

The Snub Nose 38 Special
Gun Review


By Dan S. Defense

The snub nose 38 Special is a popular handgun cartridge. The 38 special is known for mild recoil which aids with bullet placement. The right 38 special ammo, can provide good stopping power, even from a short barrel (snub) revolver.

The 38 special comes in two flavors, the regular pressure 38 special and the extra power +P 38 special. Both types of 38 special ammo are easier too shoot than a 357 magnum, and are far easier to control in small, light weight revolver.

The 38 special is a fairly cheap cartridge and the same will apply to the small frame revolvers that chamber the 38 special. When I carry a 38 special revolver, I hardly feel its weight and can easily carry it in a pocket holster. In that package, I much prefer the 38 special and keep my 38 special +p ammo to heavier, 4" revolvers.

In this article we'll look at the 38 special in an old fashioned Smith and Wesson revolver as well as the 38 special in the new Ruger LCR. Both handguns hold five cartridges of 38 special in a cylinder than can be reloaded from a speed loader or speed strip. In this article we'll look at the pros and cons of the 38 special in a small frame revolver. We'll see if the 38 special in such a package is the right choice for you.

The positive points for the 38 special:

1. The 38 special has mild recoil.

2. The 38 special is a fairly cheap cartridge, and even cheaper, when bought in bulk.

3. The 38 special is available in many sports stores and Internet on-line stores.

4. The 38 special has been around for a long time and has been proven to work well in real shootings.

5. The 38 special in a small frame revolver (J frame for S&W) is easy to conceal.

The negative points for the 38 special:

1. The 38 special revolver only carries five rounds.

2. The 38 special revolver kicks quite a bit in light frame revolvers.

3. The 38 special revolvers have heavy triggers that make trigger control challenging.

4. The 38 special revolver usually has poor sights (tiny front sight and a notch in the frame for rear sights)

5. The 38 special revolver has a somewhat uncomfortable grip for folks with larger hands.

Some mitigations for the 38 special:

1. Carry two speed loader with extra ammunition and practice reloads

2. Get a good grip which will minimize the affect of the recoil.

3. The new Ruger LCR has a great trigger--much better than you'd ever expect from a DA revolver.

4. A set of Crimson Trace laser sights will help a great deal here.

5. You can get after market grips from Houge or other fine vendors that will make this better.

I like the 38 special as a backup gun. I only carry hammerless, DA (double action) only 38 special revolvers. I prefer the Ruger LCR, a new addition to my collection, but I also carry S&W, since I'm a big S&W revolver fan. I sometime carry the 38 special when it isn't practical to carry larger handgun. With a laser sight from Crimson trace and good self defense ammunition (I prefer the Speer 135 gr JHP), the 38 special is a fine self defense weapon. I hope that this information will help you see, if it is worth additional research, to see if the 38 special is right for you.

Until next time, stay safe by staying alert

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