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Smith & Wesson
Model: 638
Smith & Wesson Revolver 638 .38 Special Variant-1
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Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:6.313-in Height:No Data
Barrel:1.875-in Weight:15-oz
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Gun Rankings
  • IDPA Power Factor117746
  • Recoil Factor6.44 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity5 rounds
  • ConcealabilityGood
  • Defense Factor61%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1998 -
Caliber:.38 Special
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:no manual safety
Frame:aluminum alloy
Grip:Uncle Mike's boot
Sights:serrated ramp front, fixed notch rear
Notes:stainless steel barrel
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Gun Value
MSRP:$469.00Used Est:$315.00
Last Update:11/19/2017
About the Gun

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.

Cartridge Specifications
Caliber: .38 Special
Alias: .38 Smith & Wesson Special
MV: From 710 to 1250 ft/sec
ME: From 166 to 382 ft-lb
WT: From 110 to 158 grains
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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