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Why do they still make 38 special revolvers?

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For self defense it is best to master double action shooting rather than cocking the weapon. For one thing the trigger pull is much heavier on a DOA revolver so you will not fire it by accident when your adrenaline is flowing. Nor will the prosecution be able to insinuate you may have if legal action is involved.

A revolver also has other advantages. You can fire it through a jacket pocket or a purse and it will not jam. You can also ram it into an attackers stomach and it will still fire. A pistol would be “out of battery” and not fire if you tried that.

The S&W Model 642 which I carry is a double action only revolver. The advantage is if you carry it in a pocket holster it is easy to draw with nothing to snag on your pants. However double action shooting does take practice, lots of practice and the model 642 is a very light weapon so the recoil is very noticeable.

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Had one. Traded to this for more versatility.

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Did a trigger job on it and it's great!
 

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Sounds like they were loaded too hot. I used to reload a lot and as you worked up a load when you over did it the cases would be hard to extract. Look at the primers and see if they were flattened, if so that's a definite tell.

This one in pretty normal:
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This one is pretty flattened. An overload:

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I believe the main problem was trying to extract five rounds in a full moon clip from the cylinder at the same time. Regular 9mm factory ammo was no problem but the +P ammo must have expanded the cartridge cases slightly. The specs on the cylinder chambers might have been too tight also. I considered polishing the chambers but never got around to it. I bought the revolver used more as a curiosity than a edc weapon.
 
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I believe the main problem was trying to extract five rounds in a full moon clip from the cylinder at the same time. Regular 9mm factory ammo was no problem but the +P ammo must have expanded the cartridge cases slightly. The specs on the cylinder chambers might have been too tight also. I considered polishing the chambers but never got around to it. I bought the revolver used more as a curiosity than a pin edc weapon.
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Had one. Traded to this for more versatility.

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Did a trigger job on it and it's great!

I had a Ruger SP 101 for several years and it was my edc weapon. I bought the S&W Model 642 because it was lighter and a better pocket pistol.

The Ruger was a good revolver to carry in a holster but since I live in Florida I have to conceal the weapon. It is hard to conceal a handgun in the Florida summer heat.

The S&W snub nosed revolver has no external hammer to snag if used as a picket weapon. I can drop it into my pants pocket and head out the door. Once or twice in the quarter of a century I have been carrying it, I found myself in an odd situation. I just put my hand in my pocket on the S&W and if necessary I could have drawn it in a heartbeat. A concealed weapon in a holster would take longer to draw.

The Ruger weighs 25 oz unloaded and the S&W 642 weighs 14.6 oz.

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Well as you saw the ruger has no hammer either. And it just drops in the pocket too. Texas is as hot or hotter.
 

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Well as you saw the ruger has no hammer either. And it just drops in the pocket too. Texas is as hot or hotter.
The main difference is the weight. My S&W is so light you can almost forget you are carrying it.

Now be aware that I carry more out of habit than necessity. At one time I lived in a high crime rate neighborhood in the Tampa Bay Area. Now I am retired and live in a much safer, small town in the Florida panhandle.

Still crime happens everywhere. For example an acquaintance who lives near me was involved in a road rage incident two months ago A pissed off guy shot into his car. The shooter put a hole in the passenger’s seat head rest where fortunately no one was sitting. The guy was arrested and is out on bail awaiting trial.
 

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I prefer a model 29SS or a Redhawk brilliantly polished then add a light glass beading to the upper 1/3 of the barrel.
 

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