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.38 Super Model O
Colt Pistol .38 Super Model O .38 Super Variant-2
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Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:8.5-in Height:No Data
Barrel:5-in Weight:38-oz
Variant 2 of 2
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (130 grain bullet)157950
  • Recoil Factor (130 grain bullet)4.79 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity10 rounds
  • ConcealabilityFair
  • Defense Factor73%
Gun Specifications
Produced:2003 - 2016
Caliber:.38 Super
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:single-action (SA)
Safety:grip safety, manual thumb safety
Frame:blued finish carbon steel
Grip:double diamond rosewood
Sights:fixed white dot
Notes:Model O
Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC
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Gun Value
MSRP:$849.00Used Est:$725.00
Last Update:8/26/2023
About the Gun

The .38 Super cartridge was introduced in 1929 as a chambering for the Colt Government Model 1911 auto pistol. At the time of its introduction the .38 Super was the most powerful auto pistol cartridge in the world. Colt is the only major American gun maker who has produced .38 Super pistols. The Model O is the latest production series of this 1911 style pistol.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .38 Super Automatic
Alias: .38 Super Auto Colt
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:130 grains
MV:1215 ft/sec ME:426 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

Introduced by Colt as an improved version of the older .38 Auto, the Super Auto is identical to the original cartridge except that it uses a more powerful loading. For many years this cartridge was considered the most powerful automatic pistol cartridge made in the US from the standpoint of both velocity and energy. It can give greater penetration than the .45 Auto cartridge, bit is inferior to the .45 Auto in actual stopping power for defense use.

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