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When did the 38Spl stop being "Enough"?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by TN.Frank, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    I think a lot depends on where you live. Here in Crossville it's fairly peaceful, low crime rate and it's normally restricted to certain areas. As long as I avoid those bad areas I won't have to worry much about becoming the victim of a crime. Now if we ever move back to Phoenix, AZ you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be packin' something in 40cal with at least a 11+1 round with a couple extra mags to boot.
    Like I said before, my 642 has been at my side(or inside my waste band,LOL) since I got it last Saturday, my PX4 normally sat in a drawer so which one would serve me better in a gun fight, why the one that I'm able to have with me and that's my little 642, 5 shot.
    If I've got to face down a gang of criminals then I really don't even think an AR with a 30 round mag would be enough since I'm only one man vs God knows how many criminals in the gang. I've got to be dead on with each and every shot, they've only got to get lucky with a couple shots to get me. I try to plan my life to stay out of such situations if at all possible. I've carried all manner of handguns over the years(starting at age 19 with a Cap n' Ball Remington) and in 31 years I've never needed to use one, I just pray that I never do but if I do I also pray that what I have at the time will be enough to take care of business.
  2. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Arlington, VA.
    People aren't tougher, they're just better armed. Bad guys are packing better stuff these days, so it's just an arms race one must keep up with. Plus, many times attackers are found to be under the influence of narcotics, and that is why multiple hits and capacity is a big bonus. It's not about going out of "fashion", it's the reality of changing times and threats.

    Revolvers are over-matched fire power wise to modern autos, so that's why most people understand that cartridges like .38 in a revolver is not the best choice for HD/CCW.

    Spray & pray? How many times have you been in a gun fight? Please share with the class how you stood still and took careful, aimed shots with your .38 snubby while being shot at.:upeyes::upeyes:

    I love how you and other people talk about how this pistol or that cartridge has "served" them well.......when by "served" 99% of people mean it's what's easy and covenient to carry. Get in an actual gun fight, face and armed assailant (or mutiple assailants) and that little .38 revolver in your hand is going to feel like a single shot derringer.
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  3. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Arlington, VA.
    You must have seriosuly bad luck if all of your autos malfunction all the time. Maybe better maintenance?
  4. I carry Colt Cobra .38 spl all the time
  5. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo Ancient Member Millennium Member

    Nov 7, 1999
    Free Republic of Tejas
    M&P15T, sounds like you have been reading too many Operator fanboy magazines...

    Yes I have been under fire, more than once.

    Yes, I have returned fire, more than once.

    I'm still here, unharmed.

    Does your mommy know you're using her computer???

    Ronaldo (see my sig line and learn from it)
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  6. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie

    Sep 6, 2001
    For LEOs I'd say when the Miami Shootout occurred, which coupled w/ new Austrian plastic framed higher capacity semi auto being practically given away to Agencies around the country.

    Miami Vice showed everyone that the new TV criminals had super duper firepower, Scarface showed everyone that Movie bad guys were pert near invincible... and your local coppers are packing Colt and S&W wheelguns?!?!

    Time for a change for them. Which did put a lot of nice handguns on the market for us... didn't it?
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  7. carbuncle

    carbuncle is not cool.

    May 27, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    I like .38 alright, I still want another 85 to replace the one I sold when I moved to an anti-gun state. But right now, I like 6 rounds of 180 grain Golden Sabers, with another 7 in my pocket, in a delivery system less than an inch thick a little more than 10 rounds of 158 grain LSWC...

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  8. wmspdi


    Jan 29, 2007
    Youngstown, Ohio
    Most of my autos are race guns and don't "usually" malfunction, but I have seen many CC autos at the range, and at matches, that have choked. All it takes is once at the wrong time. That is why we teach clearing drills! If the risk of a FTF or FTE was not real there would be no need to teach the drills. Have YOU ever had to clear a malfuntion while under fire, or at least on the clock in a competition? It's very easy to become all thumbs under the stress.

    You can miss just as easy with an auto, and put innocent lives at risk with all those stray rounds. As far as the bad guys being better armed... Hey, they are now getting their hands on bullet proof vests. I saw a guy selling them at a gun show a few months ago. No police ID required and I saw a couple of gang bangers trying them on. Better practice for that precise head shot now because hits to the body will only hurt and make them even madder.

    I agree with another poster. Match the weapon to your risk level, and carry more firepower of you feel the risk warrents it, but don't dismiss the 38 +P revelover. For many of us not spending time in the hood it fits our needs.
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  9. wmspdi


    Jan 29, 2007
    Youngstown, Ohio
    The FBI would have been out gunned regardless what handgun they carried vs 2 perps with automatic rifles and vests. Never take a handgun to a rifle fight, much less a machine gun battle.

    To match the firepower on the street I would issue fully automatic weapons to the police like they do in other countries. But then we risk a public relations nightmare with cries of "police state". Oh, and then there is the issue of all those full auto rounds sprayed all over the place and the risk to innocents. It's all a matter of balance.

    And yes... my IDPA S&W Model 10 was a police turn in that I got super cheap! :supergrin:
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  10. To sell something sometimes you need to create a percieved need. I'm fine with a 38 special because I have seen them work.
  11. series1811

    series1811 Enforcerator. CLM

    I really think it has a lot to do with the same thing that gave 9mm such a bad name: the 1986 FBI shootout in Miami. Most of those agents were carrying .38's.

    And, that is unfortunate, and not really fair. Because after soaking up lots of mostly badly placed rounds, it was three .38's in the K zone each, that finally put a stop to Platt and Matix.
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  12. esh325


    Sep 28, 2011
    As far as lethality goes, I never heard somebody say the .38 special wasn't enough. Perhaps in capacity it's not enough.

    It's a silly argument to imply that people with automatics are just spray and pray shooters that don't care about where their shots go.
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  13. A friend of the family carried a little .38 SPL for over 15 years without ever changing the ammo or opening the cylinder. He did a lot of brick work and carried mexican style all through the years.

    The gun had to be essentially junked because it was so caked with sweat that the cylinder was locked shut and unable to open.

    That was a case of negligence on his part, but interesting none the less.

    Check this video out,

  14. brisk21


    May 13, 2008
    There sure isn't anything wrong with a .38 special. I just don't like snubnose revolvers. I have two of them. I don't like the slow reloads, the heavy ass trigger, or the fact there is nothing in a revolver to dampen recoil. I also don't like trying to conceal the fat cylinder in the middle of a skinny gun. Plus, I can't shoot them as good as I can my sub compact 9mm and .380. My two J-frames are guns I have almost no use for, but one was my dads when he was a cop and the other my dad bought for me. (he bought my 2 brothers the same models, so we all have matching snubnose j-frames). So I can't ever get rid of them. Sentimental value greatly outweighs real value.
  15. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Arlington, VA.

    You've been underfire and still here because better men than you actually returned fire while you ducked and cried for your mother.

    Does she know you're on the internet telling lies again?

    No one has anything to learn from a liar, so bugger off mate.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012
  16. Bald Baron

    Bald Baron Hermit

    Jan 5, 2012
    Elkader, Iowa
    I carry a ruger sp101 IMB in the summer with no worries.:wavey:
  17. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Arlington, VA.
    I've owned 13 GLOCK pistols, and 3 or 4 other autos. Of all of those, only 2 were not 100% reliable. I've never had to clear a failure during a comp because I don't **** around with my pistols, I leave them stock.

    Race guns are going to malfunction because they're Frankenguns. They're competition only pieces of **** that have been screwed up by wanabe gun-smiths in their 50s and 60s that are trying to get a mechanical advantage over better shooters.....I've seen plenty of them at IDPA matches. I've watched magazines lose their after-market floor plates and spray their guts all over the shooting range, and much, much more. Stock auto pistols these days are pretty much reliable. To worry over an auto not being reliable (to the point where you won't carry one) is to have never been able to just leave one stock.

    My current G17C has about 3-5k through it, without a single failure. This panty-waisted whining about autos being un-reliable is nothing but fantasy and whistful dreaming of the olden days when wheel guns and 1911s ruled.

    And you can miss even easier with a 5 shot, double action, crappy sighted .38 snubby, and have fewer rounds in the pistol to boot. Sounds like a plan for someone that thinks the worst threat they'll see is a rabid dog.

    And yes, my attitude comes from the hood....Detroit and Benton Harbor, MI. to be exact. Obviously you've never lived in such an area, or your attitude would be very different.
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  18. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003

    Some of just shoot alot, and recognize the strengths and weeknesses of handguns. Being a punk from a crappy neighborhood is not something that lends credibility-except to other punks.
  19. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    From the last time this thread rolled around:

  20. I carry my G23 most of the time. 2nd is my LCR and I have complete confidence in it.