38 Super Ammo

Designed to be used in competition pistols, the .38 Super is also gaining interest as a self defense cartridge.  However, be aware that .38 Super ammo cannot be used in revolvers chambered for the more common .38 Special cartridge.
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  1. Armscor 38 Super Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    • 50 Rounds
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    • 37¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC 4806015500537
  2. PMC 38 Super Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    • 50 Rounds
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    • 62¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38SA
    • UPC 741569070126
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History of .38 Super Ammunition

The .38 Super was introduced in 1927 by Colt’s Manufacturing Company as an improved version of the .38 ACP. The driving force behind the development of this cartridge was in response to demand for higher powered pistol cartridges from law enforcement agencies at the time. The 130 grain bullet was fired at 1200+ feet per second performed well against the body armor that was being used by criminals at the time. It has been noted that the FBI adopted the cartridge because it was able to punch through the body armor of the day at over fifty yards and still cause a lethal wound! It also turned in impressive performance when used against criminals that were employing automobiles as shields during their escape.

The .38 Super had users on both sides of the law. John Dillinger was captured with a Colt’s .38 Super in his possession. He also had a custom built Colt M1911A1 chambered in .38 Super that was modified to fire fully automatic. It was outfitted with a Cutts compensator, a modified fore grip from a Thompson submachine gun, and an extended magazine.

As World War two came to control the development and production of ammunition and firearms, the .38 Super went into a sort of hibernation until the early 1980’s. Thanks to Rob Leatham and Brian Enos, the .38 super saw a rebirth among competitive shooters. The most common reasons for this renewed popularity were the ability to load the cartridge to “Major” power factor with less recoil and higher magazine capacity than the .45 ACP.

The ballistics for the .38 Super are rather impressive as it will easily generate in excess of 500 foot pounds of energy with a velocity over 1300 feet per second. Considering that a 1911 frame handgun chambered in .38 super will hold 2 additional rounds in a flush fitting magazine, the .38 Super delivers great performance with less recoil than similar cartridges. The .38 Super is a proven cartridge that will deliver for its’ user on the range or the street.

Discuss 38 Super ammunition by adding your comment to the 3 comments below or by asking a new question

Steve Hicks ( Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:00:35 +0000 ) : I like the idea of 38 super for home defense for two reasons 1 its inexpensive, you can shoot it all day and it wont break the bank. 2 its got great stopping power and is controlable. when I was growing up I started on 38s super,+P and went on to 357s and 45s (in the army) I have tryed bigger but I prefeer to stay with my 357s and 38s. that's a really good artical on the history of the 38 super. keep up the good work guys.
Jack Gordon ( Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:12:13 +0000 ) : Can the supper 38's be used in the 357
Rocky Shaw ( Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:00:19 +0000 ) : Maybe ONCE........
38 Super Ammo Ammo Customer Reviews
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  • Shadow 2 said: "I have a Witness 38 Super. Eaa recommends you should not use +P ammo in this weapon.I use Fiocchi 129gr FMJ or Armscor 125gr FMJ. I fired 400rds of each,so far no problem.I like this ammo and I will keep on using it.As for Ammo Net,this is a great place to shop.There prices are fair and there service is great and fast.The people there care about what you want and need.After you order,they will contact you to make sure everything went well.What more could you ask for.Thanks Ammo Net."