Firearm & Gun Forum -

Firearm & Gun Forum - (
-   Revolver Handguns (
-   -   Is 38 special enough? (

cAs58 01-28-2014 11:33 PM

Is 38 special enough?
Im still shopping around for a new revolver and im wondering. Should i just go with a 357? Or a 38? The gun will be used for my self defense so is 38 special enough to do the job

SRK97 01-28-2014 11:38 PM

Get the .357, you have the option of shooting both.

Mercator 01-28-2014 11:40 PM

For carrying on your person, a 38 is enough. Bigger may be better, but it is also bigger.

mountainman13 01-28-2014 11:43 PM


Originally Posted by SRK97 (Post 1493818)
Get the .357, you have the option of shooting both.

Absolutely agree. If you're comfortable with the 357 you're in great shape, if not you can still shoot the 38.

better judged by twelve than carried by six.

rjd3282 01-28-2014 11:44 PM

No it isn't enough. That's why they made the 357. It's why LE doesn't use 38 special anymore. Carrying for self defense is about "self defense". It's not a contest to see who can carry the smallest gun.

eatmydust 01-28-2014 11:51 PM

I carry .38 spl. in my S&W Model 60. With modern JHP ammo, it will work just fine.

As I stated in the last caliber debate thread, I am going to post a link to some of the best info. I've seen to date on caliber effectiveness. You decide.

BillDeShivs 01-29-2014 12:00 AM

Certainly it's enough. LE went to automatics to gain ammunition capacity.

cAs58 01-29-2014 12:02 AM

Thank you all very much

Mercator 01-29-2014 12:06 AM

Excellent link. Now don a helmet and an athletic cup. Critics will be here shortly.

JTJ 01-29-2014 12:12 AM

The average lightweight 38spl revolver weighs about 16 oz loaded. My SP101 weighs 28 oz loaded and has boot grips. I would not like to shoot 357 in a lighter gun in that configuration. Yes larger Hogue grips will handle better but they are less concealable. The 38spl has been doing the job for a long time and modern ammo has made it a better performer. If you feel you need more then get an semi auto with a higher round count. 11 rounds in a Ruger SR9c will weigh in at 28 oz also and there is not a lot of difference between a 357 from a snub and a 9mm from a 3.5" barrel. You can use the chart below to see how well the rounds work in short barrels.

All times are GMT. The time now is 06:01 PM.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.