The .38 Special is a rimmed centerfire cartridge that has been on the market since 1898. Although it’s typically thought of as a revolver round there are a few semi-autos chambered in it as well. This cartridge has played important roles throughout its history, perhaps most importantly the stretch between 1920 and the early part of the 1990s when it served as the standard issue service weapon for most law enforcement agencies in the country. Having spent 70 years as the standard issue of law enforcement is quite notable and may be part of the reason why the caliber continues to see use today as a self-defense weapon. Today the .38 Special is the most popular revolver round in the world, and its most common use is for personal protection.
If you use your .38 Special for self-defense you should keep it loaded with good quality defense rounds. Furthermore, if you want to unleash the full potential of your gun, you should take things a bit further and load your gun with +P rounds. +P, or overpressure, rounds produce higher speeds and greater energy than standard loads. These .38 Special +P rounds are moderately weighty at 125 grain, leaving them light enough to soar down-range at impressive speeds but heavy enough to hit your target with nice force. They’re JHPs and deliver controlled expansion on impact, penetrating more deeply than HPs to create a truly devastating wound cavity. This ammunition is meant for self-defense.
There are 1000 defense rounds in this box. Each round has a muzzle velocity of 950 feet per second and muzzle energy of 258 foot-pounds. The jackets on these rounds not only control expansion, they also prevent lead fouling in your gun’s barrel. And because Federal products this ammunition in fresh brass cases with boxer primer, you can reload your spent brass. Federal manufactures ammunition at their longtime plant in Anoka, Minnesota; all ammunition undergoes rigorous testing and strict quality control measures. If you carry a .38 Special for self-defense, keep it loaded to its full potential by ordering these +P rounds.
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