Posts Tagged ‘.38 Special’

target with bullet holes in the bulls eye

Light Loads For Personal Defense

Handguns are the weapons of opportunity. Not as powerful as a long gun, they are portable and may be carried with us at all times. The handgun demands plenty of practice to master. The rub is that handguns kick a lot—in some calibers and in lightweight models. Until the laws of physics are changed, this is a reality. It is also a reality that the more powerful cartridges have greater wound potential and are more likely to stop a felonious assault with a minimum of well-placed shots.

Pistol firing with expended shell still in the air

Handgun Defense Loads

In the pursuit of wound potential, sometimes called stopping power, there have traditionally been two alternatives. The first, and most reliable, was to increase bullet diameter and weight. Examples include replacing the .36 Colt with the .44 Army revolver and the later invention of the .45 Colt revolver. Designed to drop not only enemy soldiers and aboriginal tribesmen, these firearms could drop warhorses as well.

White-haired man in blue jacket with white ear protection points the Ruger LCR at a green target set against a backdrop of leafless trees.

The Ruger LCR — The Most Advanced Revolver in the World

Revolver history is interesting. I am leading up to something because the revolver on my desk as I write this has me going back over everything I have learned about the revolver.

A Bit of Revolver History

The revolver is older than commonly believed. Double-barrel and combination barrels were common during the flintlock era, although they are not true repeaters. Revolvers with multiple chambers were not rare—they were expensive. The revolving-cylinder handgun dates back to at least 1540, so it was a case of the technology of the day not catching up with the thinking man’s dreams.

Taurus The View revolver in silver with black grip

SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 4: New Handguns

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have added their final set of articles about new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details about The View, a new compact DA concealed-carry small-framed revolver from Taurus named for its distinctive translucent polycarbonate right side plate, and 5-inch versions of the Walther PPQ M2 pistol. Also, Legacy Sports is introducing new Buntline rimfire revolvers.

Dark gray Taurus 85 .38 Special with a black grip on a white background.

Taurus 5-Shot Revolvers – The Model 85 and More

When it comes to personal defense, the snubnose revolver is so handy, lightweight, easy to manipulate and simple to operate, it is widely used. Even those who carry a heavier firearm as a matter of course often deploy the snubnose as a backup or hideout. The backup gun may be a lifesaver in the case of a malfunction of the primary. The snubnose handgun must be used by a skilled shooter (meaning someone willing to practice).

38 Special the loyal Friend of Police Officers

Cartridge of the Week, the Smith and Wesson .38 Special, .38 SPL, .38 SPC

It does not have to be flashy just dependable. It’s always there and it always works. It is like a good friend in a pinch you can count on it to be there for you. I am a traditionalist. I prefer something proven over the test of time – not the media or Internet hype. I am not a person who follows fads. That is why the next cartridge is so “Special” to me. That good friend throughout the years is the Smith and Wesson .38 Special.

642 Airweight

Smith & Wesson Model 642: The Snubbie Soldiers On

In the 1960s and 70s, the short barreled snub-nosed revolver was the one to have. Police officers carried full-sized wheelguns with four or six inch barrels, so that was the norm. The really cool guys on TV or in the movies carried snubbies, little Colt Detective Specials or Smith & Wesson Chief’s Specials. I remember Gene Hackman’s ankle-holstered snubbie from The French Connection. I always wondered if it was a Colt or a S&W. It turns out, thanks to continuity errors it was both!

Reviewing Our Most Popular Guns

It occurred to us that we haven’t spent enough time talking about our highest selling guns. It is interesting why people buy certain guns, and leave others on the shelf. We decided to make a list of the guns that we move the most of, and discuss what they are for and why folks seem to want to own them.

What We Bought Over the Weekend

Friday, we went on a shopping spree by taking advantage of some very special deals using a local Dealsaver coupon. Some of these deals were too good to pass up, so here’s what we got:

Glock Model 17 Factory 17 Round 9mm Magazine

Glock Model 17 Factory 17 Round 9mm Magazine

These extremely reliable Glock 17 magazines hold 17 rounds of 9mm. They are Glock factory, drop-free, with number six followers. We bought two of them.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: MAG-240










S&W Bodyguard 38 Double-Action Revolver .38 Special +P

S&W Bodyguard 38 Double-Action Revolver .38 Special +P

S&W Bodyguard 38 Double-Action Revolver .38 Special +P

I bought this and went to shoot it on Friday evening. The S&W Bodyguard is a great gun with an integrated Insight Technology laser. It has a good trigger pull and a top-mounted, ambidextrous cylinder release. I hit center Bullseye my first shot. CTD Mike and I got excellent groupings with it.

It kicks, though! Boy, let me tell ya. Look for my full review in the near future.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 2-SW103038FC









Sidesaddle Fits Mossberg 500, 590 or 600 Shotguns

Side Saddle Fits Mossberg 500, 590 or 600 Shotguns

Side Saddle Fits Mossberg 500, 590 or 600 Shotguns

CTD Mike bought this for his Mossberg M590 of doom! It holds six 12-gauge shells and requires no gunsmithing to install. The sidesaddle allows for quick access to more shells. It is constructed of weatherproof polymer with an aluminum backing plate.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: SHT-003










DPMS AR-15 Double Tungsten Carbine Buffer

DPMS AR-15 Double Tungsten Carbine Buffer

DPMS AR-15 Double Tungsten Carbine Buffer

CTD Ben bought the DPMS AR-15 double tungsten carbine buffer. It is heavier than the standard buffer, which softens recoil, reduces cyclic rate, and increases your weapon’s reliability. The length is 3.240” and it weighs 4.67 ounces.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: ARR-566


If you got a $100 coupon, what would you buy?