About the Manufacturer:
Founded in 1899, this German gunmaking business had also become renowned for producing quality bicycles by the time World War II began. During the war they manufactured machine-gun parts and optical-sight mounts. After the war under Soviet domination the business ceased to exist. However, the Weihrauch family, like the Walthers and many others were able to escape westward before the post-war partition. Work began again in Bavaria in 1948, initially making bicycle parts. When German companies were again allowed to manufacture airguns in the early 1950s, Weihrauch made the their first air rifles. After ten established years in airgun manufacturing they produced their first cartridge revolvers in 1961. Today they continue to produce a large variety of quality revolvers for hunting and defense.
About the Cartridge:
Developed by Smith & Wesson and introduced along with its Military & Police Model revolver in 1902, this was originally a military cartridge intended to replace the unsatisfactory .38 Long Colt then in use by the Army. Colt brought out its own version of the .38 Special in 1909, which differs from the original only in bullet shape, being a flat-point style. The .38 Special is considered one of the best-balanced, all-round handgun cartridges ever designed. It is also one of the most accurate and very widely used for match shooting.