Last week I found myself in a large gun store. Adventure Outdoors, located just outside of Atlanta, is the Home Depot of gun stores. Their claim to fame is 8,000 guns in stock and reasonable prices. I went into the store with the plan of buying the new Smith & Wesson M&P15-22, and I did, but something else caught my eye while I was there.
Right there in the case was a S&W 638. I looked at it mainly because it was on "sale" ($399.99), but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. The feather weight of the gun, the shrouded hammer, the +P ability, it wasn't long and I had talked myself into buying the little revolver.
This afternoon I took the time to run some rounds through the little gun. I didn't expect much in the accuracy department due to the tiny "sights", but I did expect a good sharp recoil. I was wrong on both accounts!
I loaded the little gun up with some Federal 125 +P JHP. I did my shooting at 10 yards, which seems like a good defensive range for this type of gun. I popped off 50 rounds to get a feel for the gun, and then I settled down to see what the gun could do off a sand bag. Pleased, surprised, excited, shocked, insert your own word, I'll just post a picture.
That's 15 rounds from a snub nosed revolver at ten yards. I have shot full sized defensive guns that could do no better. Recoil was not near as bad as I expected out of the lite weight gun.
Since one of this guns duties will be to tame snakes, I drew up a snake target and shot it with one shotshell.
The shot shell did not shoot to point of aim (center mass) at three yards, but it would have killed a snake. The larger holes are from the plastic case that holds the shot in the shell.
Would I carry the little gun for defense? Not unless size made me. Size matters,
but if you must go J frame small, the 638 is the ticket!
If a goblin takes interest in you,
take aim at him!