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Old 09-21-2013, 03:31 AM   #11
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the S & W model 19 and it's predecessors are some of my favorites. IMO, one of the perfectly sized pistols for a 38 spl. or 357 magnum. not too big, and not too small.

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38 Special is going to be around forever. It is a very viable SD weapon with the right loads.







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Carrying a S&W Model 36 loaded with Extreme Shock Air Freedom 38+p as I type.
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I have a Charter Mag Pug and a SP 101 that my wife bought as her first EDC both are chambered in 357 mag. I haven't shot 200 rounds of 38 spl ammo out of both guns. My wife does shoot a good bit of 38 spl ammo. My problem with the 38 spl is I can buy 357 mag JSP ammo for the same price. When I shoot a lot I shoot 9mm ammo. Unless you are willing to reload and cast your own bullets the 38 spl isn't very cost effective.

I might start reloading soon. I recently bought a Howa 1500 chambered in 300 wby. A single station press and 300 wby dies were part of the bargain. 300 weatherby ammo can be difficult to find. I will likely be forced to start reloading if I don't sell the howa.

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I have a Charter Mag Pug and a SP 101 that my wife bought as her first EDC both are chambered in 357 mag. I haven't shot 200 rounds of 38 spl ammo out of both guns. My wife does shoot a good bit of 38 spl ammo. My problem with the 38 spl is I can buy 357 mag JSP ammo for the same price. When I shoot a lot I shoot 9mm ammo. Unless you are willing to reload and cast your own bullets the 38 spl isn't very cost effective.

I might start reloading soon. I recently bought a Howa 1500 chambered in 300 wby. A single station press and 300 wby dies were part of the bargain. 300 weatherby ammo can be difficult to find. I will likely be forced to start reloading if I don't sell the howa.
Factory ammo prices and availability make it tough to shoot much of anything these days. Once you start loading, I bet you will enjoy the 38s much more. There are endless loadings for that cartridge. One day you can shoot light plinkers and the next you can shoot some serious +p rounds since you have 357 magnums. It was the round that I first began handloading for, it can really teach you a lot about load development since there are so many possibilities.
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I had not owned a .38 in years. OOPS, come to think of it, I have never owned one. Except for a .38 derringer.

The other day, I purchased this. Was too inexpensive to walk away from.

Weighs exactly half what my fully loaded Glock 23C weighs, at 2pounds, 2 ounces. The Airweight, loaded, weighs 1 pound 1 ounces.

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I had not owned a .38 in years. OOPS, come to think of it, I have never owned one. Except for a .38 derringer.

The other day, I purchased this. Was too inexpensive to walk away from.

Weighs exactly half what my fully loaded Glock 23C weighs, at 2pounds, 2 ounces. The Airweight, loaded, weighs 1 pound 1 ounces.
Congrats on the purchase. I would like a good airweight for CC purposes someday.

Are you thinking of carrying it?
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I have a GP 100 and a SW 686...I rarely shoot magnums. Mild shooting 38spcl is 95% of what I shoot and I don't use either weapon for self defense. The only regret I have for the 38 is that factory target loads are not cheap like 9mm but certainly not cost prohibitive...just another reason to get in to hand loading.

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.38/.357 are definitely calibers that lead to reloading. Factory both are more expensive to shoot than even .45ACP. Since I run through at least 100 rounds of .38 every time I go to the range I always have .38 prepped for reloading.

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I had not owned a .38 in years. OOPS, come to think of it, I have never owned one. Except for a .38 derringer.

The other day, I purchased this. Was too inexpensive to walk away from.

Weighs exactly half what my fully loaded Glock 23C weighs, at 2pounds, 2 ounces. The Airweight, loaded, weighs 1 pound 1 ounces.

Just what I did as well. (I didn't get as good a deal as AR did though)
I can carry the 642 in my boot or pocket or the standard hip carry and not notice the weight or bulk, and with a couple of speed strips I am well armed. I tell my students the 38 sp is the minimum I recommend when choosing the PPD. I think when the dust settles and all the 'hype' is over the 38 sp and the 9mm will still be here as the best and most concealable options for a PPD.
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