You need to get the 38 s+w ammo not the 38 special. The 38 s+w case length and OAL is shorter than the 38 special. It's pressure is lower for the hinged and small revolvers manufactured for the round. With any used firearm I have purchased, if there is any question of safety, it is checked by a good gunsmith.
Last edited by gschnarr; 08-19-2013 at 01:52 PM.