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Smith & Wesson Model 638


Type:Revolver
Produced:1998 -
Caliber:.38 Spl +P
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:no manual safety
Cylinder:5-round
Frame:aluminum alloy
Grips:Uncle Mike's boot
Sights:serrated ramp front, fixed notch rear
Notes:stainless steel barrel
Barrel Length:1.875 in.
Overall Length:6.313 in.
Height:No Data
Width:No Data
Weight:15 oz.

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Smith & Wesson800-331-0852
2100 Roosevelt AvenueWebsite:
Springfield MA 01104www.smith-wesson.com
Importer:Phone Number:
Website:
MSRP:$459
Used Est.:$315
Last Update: 7/7/2013

Caliber:.38 Special
Alias:.38 Smith & Wesson Special
Muzzle Velocities - from710to1250ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from166to382ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from110to158gr

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Ranking Factors
Power Factor:117746- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:6.44 ft-lb- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:5 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Concealability:Good
Defense Factor:61%

About the Handgun:
Successor to the Model 38 revolver, this Airweight series model, also known as the Bodyguard Airweight, has an alloy 'J'-frame, partially shrouded hammer and stainless steel finish.
About the Manufacturer:
This company began in 1852 when Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson entered a gunmaking partnership in Norwich Connecticut. In 1857 they produced the first metallic cartridge breech-loading revolver. Their first double-action revolver was produced in 1880. In 1964 the company passed from Wesson family control, and subsequently several conglomerates took control of it. From 1987 to 2001 Tomkins PLC, a British company, owned Smith & Wesson. In March 2000 Smith & Wesson signed an agreement with the Clinton Administration in order to avoid lawsuits. This agreement was not at all liked by the gun owning public and boycotts and floods of used S&W firearms in the market nearly ruined the company. On May 11, 2001, Saf-T-Hammer Corporation acquired Smith & Wesson Corp. from Tomkins PLC for a fraction of what Tomkins originally paid. The new company, Smith and Wesson Holding Corporation, publicly renounced the Clinton agreement which was received positively by the firearms community.
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.
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