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dubshooter
December 11, 2010, 10:11 PM
Finally got a new revolver. Plan on using this as my on duty back up. Great little gun, trigger is amazing, fits my hand like a glove. Hopefully next weekend I'll be able to take it to the range to put a few rounds through it. I just can't seem to put it down!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v518/4-7AirCav/sw438.jpg

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SharpsDressedMan
December 11, 2010, 10:15 PM
I always liked the Model 38 series, and your new one has everything it needs: Modern metalurgy, boot grips, flat durable finish, and apparently a redesigned and improved trigger pull. Add to that modern CNC manufactring for better tolerances, and it doesn't get much better. I like the 38/438/638 because you can still cock it if you want to, and it is just about as shrouded as the Centennial.

motorcycle-charlie
December 12, 2010, 12:04 PM
Finally got a new revolver. Plan on using this as my on duty back up. Great little gun, trigger is amazing, fits my hand like a glove. Hopefully next weekend I'll be able to take it to the range to put a few rounds through it. I just can't seem to put it down!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v518/4-7AirCav/sw438.jpg
congratulations on the 438. i really like the look of the shrouded bodyguard frame. always have. these Airweights are hard to put down, i agree... they just feel right and look so damn cool.

Blueduck
December 12, 2010, 12:19 PM
Got one last month as well and first thing I noticed was the trigger. Typically I do a trigger job on all new S/W's regardless when I get them. This 438 is the first one I've ever bought I'm not going to need to touch. Don't know whats up with that :confused:

Only down side I've found is that while the grips are a really good compromise between comfort, texture, and concealment they are not sufficently relieved to allow use of speedloaders. Might not be a big deal to some, but the qualificaiton I go through requires speedloaders, so I'm going to have to find new grips or get shaving somehow.

Dave_in_Fairview_Park
December 13, 2010, 04:23 AM
Finally got a new revolver. Plan on using this as my on duty back up. Great little gun, trigger is amazing, fits my hand like a glove. Hopefully next weekend I'll be able to take it to the range to put a few rounds through it. I just can't seem to put it down!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v518/4-7AirCav/sw438.jpg
Nice,congratulations on the 438
budsgunshop.com has this for $461.
Is that a fair price?
SRP $569 on S&W's site

ArchAngelCD
December 13, 2010, 05:23 AM
I'm a big fan of the Bodyguard J frame revolver. I own a M638 and might buy a M438 sometime in the future.

Is the trigger really that much different than the usual J frame trigger???

Lucky Derby
December 13, 2010, 11:45 AM
Congrats. Bodyguards are my favorite J Frames.

Blueduck
December 13, 2010, 09:06 PM
ArchAngelCD, Oh mines not some "supertuned" race gun trigger by any stretch, but much smoother than most from factory.

Just feels like somebody who knew what they were doing did a quick fluff and buff and put in a reduced trigger return spring (which is all I ever do).

ArchAngelCD
December 14, 2010, 01:43 AM
That sounds good Blueduck, thanks for the information...

engineer88
December 14, 2010, 06:40 AM
Congrats! What a beauty! I have been drooling over these myself. I called smith and they said the cylinder is stainless, which is nice. I love the bodyguards too. I got a deal on a used 637 long ago, or it would have been a new 638 for me. But now, I am really liking the 438's. Again congrats on a good looking little revolver.

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