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38 Special Ammo

About 38 Special Ammo

Initially produced in 1898, 38 Special ammunition was designed to be a higher velocity round with better penetration than the 38 Long Colt.

Over the years, the cartridge received more and more demands for improvements, given its accuracy, manageable recoil, and versatility.

Today, 38 Special ammunition is used for target shooting, personal defense, and small-game hunting.

Common Names for 38 Special Ammunition

Since its initial production over 120 years ago, 38 Special Ammo has had many different name variations. Some of the most common include:

• 38 Special• 38 Spl• .38 Special
• 38 SPC• 38 S&W Special

Regardless of your preferred terminology, 38 Special Ammunition has maintained high popularity over the years and is available from nearly every major American ammo manufacturer.

38 Special Ammo Benefits

Due to its popularity, 38 Special ammo is relatively inexpensive. In most cases, the price per round is comparable or cheaper than competing rounds when purchased in bulk quantities.

In many ways, gun enthusiasts consider 38 Special ammo the top choice for revolvers. The ammunition can easily be found and purchased online and throughout most gun shops.

Regarding performance, 38 Special ammo is renowned for its accuracy (although this is also largely dependent more on the shooter's skill). Additionally, 38 Special ammunition offers low recoil compared to other cartridges without sacrificing penetration power.

What Guns Shoot 38 Special?

Smith & WessonTaurusRugerCharter Arms
Model 642Model 856LCRUndercover
Model 442Defender 856LCRXUndercover Lite
Model 638Model 85SP101
M&P Bodyguard

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