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New 438

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dubshooter, Dec 11, 2010.

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  1. dubshooter

    dubshooter Member

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    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!

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  2. SharpsDressedMan

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    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.
     
  3. motorcycle-charlie

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    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.
     
  4. Blueduck

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    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.
     
  5. Dave_in_Fairview_Park

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    Nice,congratulations on the 438
    budsgunshop.com has this for $461.
    Is that a fair price?
    SRP $569 on S&W's site
     
  6. ArchAngelCD

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    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???
     
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  7. Lucky Derby

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    Congrats. Bodyguards are my favorite J Frames.
     
  8. Blueduck

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    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).
     
  9. ArchAngelCD

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    That sounds good Blueduck, thanks for the information...
     
  10. engineer88

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    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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