38 Special Ammo
History of .38 Special Ammunition
The .38 Special cartridge has been an important part of the firearms world since its’ introduction in 1898. This cartridge was purpose built to be an improvement of the .38 Long Colt that was in use by the U.S. military at the time. The problem that brought about the need for a new cartridge was the lack of stopping power against enemies such as the Moro tribesmen of the Philippines and their tactics of charging using wooden shields.
From this need came one of the most popular cartridges in the world today. When brought up in conversation, the discussion of the .38 Special will no doubt touch upon the ever popular .38 “Snubby”, a revolver with a short barrel that is most commonly carried in a pocket or ankle holster as a back up gun by police and civilians alike. But the .38 Special also has had a rich service life with the military, serving in all branches from 1935 to 1985. It was mostly used by aircrew members as a personal protection/survival weapon, but it was also issued to police/security personnel as a duty sidearm.
The .38 Special also has been very popular among bullseye shooters, as it is a very accurate cartridge. The most commonly used handgun type was the revolver, but Smith & Wesson built the Model 52, a semi-auto pistol that had a 5 round magazine and would feed wadcutter style bullets. Practical pistol shooters also enjoy the mild recoil of the .38 Special round which allows for quick follow up shots.
Today .38 Special bullets can commonly be found in weights ranging from 95 to 158 grains. The bullet types vary from the wadcutter, to the round nose and hollow point. These cartridges can generate from 150 to almost 300 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. The .38 Special is one of the calibers that is commonly used in concealed carry applications and many manufacturers offer their premium self defense ammo in .38 Special as a rule. An interesding application for the .38 Special is that it can be used in .357 Magnum firearms as a lighter recoiling, more economical alternative to the full power magnum ammo.
With great accuracy, concealable handguns, good knockdown power and easily found ammunition, the .38 Special is a cartridge that deserves its’ place among the most important cartridges in the firearms world.
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- Gene said: "They come in a convenient bag. They all fire when the trigger is pull. I see no variation in the ballistics,"
- td said: "good for the price"
- Bill said: "Purchased rounds for girlfriend, though she hasnt fired any yet they seem like quality target rounds. And all ''100'' where accounted for. "
- Bernice said: "Ditto above review. I will order again when more is needed. Thanks"
- Farmer said: "I have been shooting this in my air weight Smith and Wesson. Very accurate. Good quality. I will buy more. "
- Gene said: "They all went "bang!""
- Chuck said: "I will definitely buy this again..................."
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- shorty said: "I find this to be a quality practice ammo at a good price. Your service was prompt and will probably use ammo.net again for some 9mm ammo."
- Mike said: "If you will look at your discription,you left out the fact that this ammo is +P, I have a 38 special that can't use this ammo, but I have another that can. Mike L"
- sailormanNH said: "I've shot approx 2,000 rounds no failures. Good cheap rang ammo a little dirty not excessive."
- Frank said: "Worked like it should it went in the gun. it came out of the gun . so it worked just fine. "
- Tomcat said: "I was looking for something to shoot that didn't cost me an arm and a leg. There were no 9mm or 22LR available so I bought these 38SPL rounds. They performed quite well and allowed me to shoot my old model 6. 4" heavy barrel S&W. Over all I am happy with the results."