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38 special

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by rustytxrx, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. rustytxrx


    Oct 17, 2012
    I bought colt from a deputy Sheriff in 1957. I know from the ss# it was made in the 1920s. I am careful not to shoot +p in it. As you can see it has not been shot a lot but I have carried it for many many miles. Well before carry in Texas it rode close but out of sight.

    I have used two loads in the pistol. 158gr cast lead hp at around 750fps and 148 gr hollow based wade cutter loaded backward (used to be very popular in the 60's) at about 800 fps.

    It is kinda funny today but I never felt under gunned with what I taught the threat would be. When I carry it today I still don't feel under gunned. Today I got carry pistols that double the energy easily of the colt. They don't carry as well as the colt. Colt carries very well with iwb holster and is very quick to draw and shoot.

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013

  2. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    That gun makes my eyes light up:cool:

    A Colt like that with honest wear and a history is far more attractive in my eyes than the identical one NIB with the original receipt from the hardware store.

    I have several revolvers that have some history, including a much newer model 10 that I load with a 158gh SWCHP at standard .38 velocity. I never feel unarmed with it.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2013
  3. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    rusty, I have to agree with those who like you place value on personal history, and if your pistol suits you well you should stick with it.

    "Ya dance with the one what brung ya."
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  4. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011
    I used to carry a post '72 Det. Special as a backup. It's DAO with Spegel grips. I quit carrying it when I got a S&W 442. Less weight. Since I only employed it as a backup I never worried about losing a round going from 6 to 5. If I were however limited to only carrying a .38 as a primary weapon it'd be a Dick Special, albeit post '72 for +p.

    My only complaint about the Det. Special is that for an extended range session the front top leading edge of the trigger starts to aggravate my index finger.

    All in all, it was probably the high mark of snubby manufacture. None were classier nor better made.
  5. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    So do you carry full wadcutter ammo in it? HBWC or BBWC at 800 FPS.
  6. OldSchool64


    Sep 5, 2010
    Vary nice indeed...:whistling:
  7. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    Congrats. I had a 1951 DS that I gave to a friend who needed a good gun. I missed it so much that in March 2006 I bought an unfired 1978 DS to replace it. I have only fired it a couple hundred times but I like having it. I consider the D frames to be the very best 38 Snubbies.
  8. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH

    Nice 38! I am a big fan of the 38 special, love to shoot that cartridge. I also load and shoot the 158g LSWC, and 158g plated round nose (Rainier's) bullets.

    I have always wanted to pick up a short barrel or snub-nose but never did. I love the look of that colt.

    I have a Model 10-6 Smith and Wesson .38 Special Revolver (heavy barrel),manufactured in 1967. It now has a bit of holster wear on the outside but clean as a whistle inside and still shoots like the day it came from the factory.

    I don't carry this anymore but if I did would not by any means feel under gunned, it's just a bit larger (with 4" barrel) than I want to carry now-a-days.

    Thanks for sharing - love the old school. :thumbsup:
  9. NMG26


    Jul 24, 2010

    Cool history. You have had that pistol longer then I have been alive.

  10. ChiefWPD


    Dec 25, 2004
    Rusty, your Colt was a fine carry handgun when it was new and it remains a fine and practical handgun now.

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  11. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    I remember reading an article where the author recommended the 200gr bullet loading for a snubbie .38 Special. The bullet would tumble through flesh wickedly. The MV was in the 700 FPS range.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013
  12. 390ish


    Dec 6, 2004
    You needs rubber gripz wit da beam to be kool on this site!

    That is a nice piece. Good job.