Smith & Wesson 638

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Flint Rock, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    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.
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    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.
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    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,
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    but if you must go J frame small, the 638 is the ticket!
    If a goblin takes interest in you,
    take aim at him!
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  2. jbshoots

    jbshoots New Member

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    slick little gun and good shooting.



    but please tell me you weren't looking through the lens of your camera when you took that last pic :eek: (even having that on my screen pointed at me makes me nervous)
     
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  3. collegekid20

    collegekid20 New Member

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    can you tell me the name of the gun store? I will be in Atlanta on Friday and will be very bored for the next week or so
     
  4. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Adventure Outdoors is in Smyrna, just South of Marietta. It's just North of Windy Hill Road on South Cobb Drive. I've bought a half-dozen or so guns from them over the years - great used inventory...
     
  5. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    Adventure Outdoors
    2295 South Cobb Drive
    Smyrna, GA 30080
    770-333-9880
    10-7 M-F
    10-6 Sat.