38 special


September 25, 2012, 09:56 PM
Does anyone make a 6 shot 3" 38 special ?

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September 25, 2012, 10:13 PM
Currently? I'm not sure. In the past, S&W made some 3" model 10s. There were a bunch on the market last year for a good price, but they're probably going for $400 and up now.

September 25, 2012, 10:28 PM
Find one of the old model 10's.........you wont be sorry

September 26, 2012, 12:33 AM
Taurus and S&W both make brand new 6 shot 38 specials. IIRC the Taurus models are model 80 or 82. I have had two of the Taurus 38s. They have a slightly larger frame than a K-frame smith. They are excellent guns. I regret selling them both.

Here you go.


Jim Watson
September 26, 2012, 12:45 AM
You can still find a S&W model 10 3" without too much trouble. Or a model 13 if you don't mind it being a .357.

The short Ruger Speed, Service, and Security Sixes are really 2.75" but fill the same niche.

There are some 3" GP100s.

September 26, 2012, 01:24 AM
Yes, there are some being made today . . . and MILLIONS of nice used specimens from back "in the day." DON'T SELL THE VINTAGE S&W REVOLVERS SHORT EITHER!!!

I took this one to a steel match right after I bought it a year and a half ago . . . and won the revolver division with this post war S&W M&P model (later called the Model 10 around 1957 and forward).

This one? Absolutely as good as a new one, and no stinking weep-hole lock on the gun either . . . a true classic. It doesn't have all the shortcuts done on it as the new guns . . . still a "five-screw" frame, magna grips that are serial numbered to the frame, and the desirable 5" barrel. The year made? 1950 . . . and tack-driving accurate.

Like I said initially, there are millions out there . . . and in various barrel lengths too . . . plus they are collectable, CHEAPER than the new stuff and they simply go up in value every year!!! Plus, they are way cooler to own and shoot, IMHO!


September 26, 2012, 09:36 AM
Colt made a 3 inch detective special 6 shot.

September 26, 2012, 11:18 AM
+1 on the Colt Det. It doesn't get any better than that IMHO. Also consider the Cobra or Agent. I have all 3 and love them. I also have the snub S&W 10 which is great, just a little large for me.

September 26, 2012, 11:44 AM
The Wiley Clapp Ruger GP100 is a 3", I believe: http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-GP100WC.htm

September 26, 2012, 03:24 PM
I've got a nice Taurus heavy-barrel 6-shot 3". Nice gun; I've only put a couple dozen rounds through it; kind of a safe queen, but a cool gun.

One of my favorite target guns is a Rossi 851 in stainless, 3", oversized target grips. Really a fun gun to shoot. (I don't know if they're still made or not.)

Black Knight
September 26, 2012, 06:51 PM
If it has to be a 38 Special S&W made the models 10 and 64 in 3" at one time. I you can go with a 357 Magnum and load it with 38 Special S&W made the models 13 and 65 in 3". S&W also made a short run of 3" 66s. While I have never seen any in person I have seen several photos of them. When I am off duty I usually carry w 3" S&W 65 and highly recommend it.

September 26, 2012, 07:20 PM
is the Diamondback Snubby close enough at 2 3/4?


September 27, 2012, 12:32 PM
Yes, I have a Diamondback in 22LR 6" and a 38 Sp 4" but mine are not as nice as yours. I have used them for more than 35 years and they look it too. I would like to find a Detective special in 3". I do not believe anyone is now making a 3" 6 shot in 38 special unless it it is Charter arms?? Snoop

September 27, 2012, 12:38 PM
My Ruger GP100s are both 3-inch 6-shooters.

Yeah, they're .357s, but I shoot .38 Special out of them all the time.

Other than that, I recommend a S&W Model 10. I like them enough to own 3 of them.


September 27, 2012, 03:10 PM
Model 10, if you can stumble onto one. They are getting to be more common with the recent police trade ins, but clean ones are getting a little pricey.


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