The illustrious snub-nose revolver just refuses to go away. Every time you turn around, thinking that yet another slim single-stack autoloader would put the final nail in the coffin of snubbies, you learn that they are still selling. With the right ammunition, it is still a formidable weapon at arms’ length.
For whatever reason you decide to go with a .38 revolver, whether it be a snubbie or a medium-frame style, stopping power is a major consideration. In an age of very efficient and stout autoloading calibers, the .38 falls shy of the 9mm. The .357 Magnum is still a completely fierce caliber, totally formidable but it is not particularly pleasant to shoot, especially lightweight and/or short barrelled revolvers.
What advantage revolvers have is utter and complete reliability (as long as it is a quality revolver). Throw a loaded revolver in a decent case and it sits ready for service for, well, about any amount of time. 100 years? Probably.
The good part about the .38 is it can be used in revolvers chambered in .38 and those chambered in .357, so folks who have a hard time tolerating the biting recoil of the hardy .357 can step down and use .38s.
125 grain +P jacketed hollow points are a very popular choice for .38s since they are the hottest round available for the .38, while not pounding the wrist quite a badly as 125 grain .357 JHPs (same bullet, different case). Go ahead and get yourself a few boxes to load up your wheelguns.
Review by Robert
928-699-5258 (Posted on 4/13/2011)
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