SIG Sauer recently introduced .38 Super Auto+P to its line of V-Crown line of ammunition. Be sure to read that closely, because SIG Sauer is also set to release .38 Special by the end of the year. For those who may be wondering, .38 Special is a favorite practice load for those shooting .357 Magnum—.38 Super is a whole other creature.
Today, the .38 Super is most commonly known as a competition cartridge. It was originally designed for the 1911, and is a favorite among some IPSC shooters. The .38 Super is far from new. In fact, it was originally developed in the 1920s. At the time, it was more powerful than competing cartridges and able to penetrate body armor and hard cover such as car doors. Later, in 1934, the .357 Magnum was introduced. Although not quite as powerful as the .38 Super, the .357 Magnum was a revolver cartridge, which was favored by most police officers of the day.
Again, a word of caution, DO NOT try to shoot .38 Super out of firearms designed for .357 Mag. or .38 Special. The pressure will likely cause a catastrophic failure. This problem is not new. The .38 Super is based off the old .38 ACP cartridge. In the mid-1970s, to further distinguish the .38 Super from the .38 ACP, manufacturers added the +P headstamp to help distinguish the powerhouse from its lower-pressured genus.
Here’s the word from SIG about its new .38 Super V-Crown JHP ammunition:
SIG Sauer, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world’s most reliable firearms, silencers, optics, ammunition, airguns, and accessories is pleased to introduce 125-grain .38 Super +P Elite Performance Ammunition in V-Crown jacketed hollow point (JHP) and SIG FMJ full metal jacket loads.
With a muzzle velocity of 1230 feet per second, the 125-grain .38 Super +P ammunition delivers exceptional accuracy and reliability. The SIG V-Crown load features a proprietary stacked hollow point bullet for reliable, uniform expansion and optimal terminal performance. DUCTA–BRIGHT 7A coated brass cases also provide enhanced lubricity, offering superior corrosion resistance, and more reliable feeding and extraction in semi-automatic pistols.
The SIG FMJ premium target loads feature solid brass cases and durable, copper-jacketed bullets that remain intact on impact. The precise, uniform profile of the SIG FMJ bullets results in maximum accuracy and consistency. Dependable primers and clean-burning powders are used for reduced barrel fouling with more reliable functioning.
“With the introduction of the .38 Super +P ammunition, we now offer Elite Performance Ammunition for all SIG SAUER pistols,” said Dan Powers, president of the SIG Sauer Ammunition Division. “SIG FMJ ammunition is the perfect combination of affordability and performance in a premium target round. It is designed to approximate the performance of the corresponding SIG V-Crown jacketed hollow point rounds, giving our customers the advantage of a seamless transition from target ammo to carry ammo.” All Elite Performance Ammunition is manufactured in the United States by SIG Sauer to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles.