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.38" handgun, what do you think?

This is a discussion on .38" handgun, what do you think? within the Pistols and Revolvers forums, part of the HandGuns, Pistols and Revolvers, Long Rifles, Shotguns, SKS, AK, AR category; I'm a Brit so what the hell do I know about guns, but if I could buy one I think I'd plump for a .38" ...

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    .38" handgun, what do you think?

    I'm a Brit so what the hell do I know about guns, but if I could buy one I think I'd plump for a .38" snubnose revolver like the one below for personal protection and home defence for 3 reasons-

    1- the calibre has got good stopping power.

    2- the gun is small enough to be easily concealed/carried.

    3- I hear volvers never jam.


    I'd try to get a 6-shooter preferably, otherwise a 5-shooter will do.
    Have I overlooked anything?


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    It's better then a sharp stick in the eye and it's true, they are very reliable. I have a couple of 38's laying around the house. Up close and personnel it will do the job. I know you Brit's have limited choices but I would consider a 12 Gauge Shotgun as well for home defense. Has fair stand off range and is devastating at range. You can also hunt with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
    I'm a Brit so what the hell do I know about guns, but if I could buy one I think I'd plump for a .38" snubnose revolver like the one below for personal protection and home defence for 3 reasons-

    1- the calibre has got good stopping power.

    2- the gun is small enough to be easily concealed/carried.

    3- I hear volvers never jam.


    I'd try to get a 6-shooter preferably, otherwise a 5-shooter will do.
    Have I overlooked anything?

    Eyeball,

    At least here in the US, its not necessary to add the " to the caliber. We typically refer to the round without the " designation.

    The correct term is .38 S&W Special. The S&W stands for Smith & Wesson, the manufacturer who developed the round. Also called simply .38 SPC (for Special)

    I forget the actual dimensions in inches (closer to an actual .357" and in millimeters I know its a 9mm rimless but I forget the other measurement.

    Anyway, I will look it up and refresh my memory on the history of this round. Its a good round and if a revolver is what you want, nothing wrong with this choice at all. I may or may not own one or 3 of these myself!

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    Does this 1/3-inch gun shoot 76.2mm artillery shells?
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    It’s a good gun. Highly recommend. Do invest in a hogue grip though. Those little snub snore .38’s can have a bit of a recoil.

    A good Remington 870 with a 20” barrel works well too.
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    Funny story about personal home defense;

    Last night I woke needing to urinate and heard this un-natural noise outside the bathroom window.

    Immediately I go into Fight or Flight Mode and start weighing my options to fight.

    Do I grab the 12 g Winchester 1300 Defender from the hangers under the bed?

    Or the Sig M400 AR 15 stashed behind the headboard?

    Or the M&P .45 with Streamlight on the bedside table?

    Or the Ruger GP100 from the handgun safe tucked behind the chest?

    Or the .410 single shot behind the toilet?

    Went with the .410 because A.) It was closest to me at the time. And B) The next noise sounded more like animal/racoon than human...

    By the time I got to the door and turned the spotlights on, nothing but the wind! The dogs just looked at me and laid back down, a pretty good indicator that it was a false alarm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Back Pack Hack View Post
    Does this 1/3-inch gun shoot 76.2mm artillery shells?
    No it doesn't. And you are just messing with this guy.
    But keep up the good work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterMills357 View Post
    No it doesn't. And you are just messing with this guy.
    His attempt at sarcasm please try to keep up.
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