Thursday, December 27, 2007

.38 Special

Image from Rossi USA

A .38 Special is not, as I thought, a type of pistol. Rather, it is a type of cartridge. A cartridge is what we mistakenly think of as a bullet; in fact, it's the package of bullet, jacket, and primer.

According to the Wikipedia: is a rimmed, centerfire cartridge designed by Smith & Wesson. It is most commonly used in revolvers, although semi-automatic pistols and some carbines also use this round. The .38 Special was the standard service cartridge of most police departments in the United States from the 1920s to the 1980s. In other parts of the world, particularly Europe, it is known by its metric designation 9x29mmR.

Its caliber is actually .357-.358 inches in diameter. It gets its name from the diameter of its loaded brass case.

The .38 Special traces its history to the Philippine-American War. Its predecessor, the .38 Long Colt, the standard military cartridge, was found to have inadequate stopping power; hence, the development of the .38 Special.

To date, it is the most widely produced firearm cartridge in the world.


  1. Happy Birthday! :) * and belated Merry Christmas and advanced Happy New Year!

  2. Hey Dom,
    This is off subject but a bit interesting.At midnight Mass, our priest used a phrase "God writes large with small letters". He said he could find the source of the phrase...not even with Google.I did a search and believe the actual phrase he meant is "God writes straight with crooked lines". Googling that phrase leads to your blog.
    Best wishes.

  3. You could've ask me, Lloyd or Jameson... hehehehehe...

    It's a package of bullet, powder, casing, and primer. A jacket is a outer coating of a bullet. Some bullets do not have jacket like those used for practice.

    How's it like to be an UNCLE!

  4. Whoa, what's with the gun post?


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  6. Sometimes I dream of having one. Some of my friends are suicidal and they would ask me what's the best way to end life. And I would tell them to do it the professional way by doing some research, and end it right away and clean. I would advice them to use a gun or poison themselves with cyanide. But first they have to practice firing.

    Thanks God, not one of them was serious yet...

  7. echir... if your friends ask again, tell them a gun is lousy tool for suicide. They'll likely miss and live as vegetables.

  8. You can always ask your friend for that special 38 favor.

  9. Interesting. I post about a gun and some people immediately think "suicide." Look to posts from one year ago and see exactly what I mean.

    Kudos to Chaz for getting it.


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