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.38 Special +P vs. .357 Magnum

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by Cameraguy, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Cameraguy


    Oct 10, 2009
    Dear Mas,

    My wife has her concealed carry license and carries a
    Kel-Tec P3AT. She is considering getting a snubby revolver.

    In researching options, I found the following revolvers from a given manufacturer:

    1) .38 Special +P, weighing 16 oz., with 2" barrel.
    2) .357 Magnum, weighing 23 oz., with a 2.2" barrel.

    Are there any advantages in purchasing the .357 Magnum (such as added weight to help recoil) if she is only going to use .38 Special +P ammo?

    Thank you for your kind attention to this letter and for any advice you are able to offer.
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    We're talking almost half a pound difference. With the same .38 ammo, the heavier .357 will be distinctly more comfortable to shoot, but the 16-ounce .38 will be easier to carry. Gonna depend on her comfort level in both respects. Best bet is to go to a rental range, let her try both, and decide based on her own balance of needs and priorities.

    Feel free to come back and let us all know what choice she makes!