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S&W 638 and +P Question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by PennsyPlinker, Mar 21, 2007.

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  1. PennsyPlinker

    PennsyPlinker Member

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    So I have a new, or almost new S&W 638-2. I just posted about that, but am putting this in a separate post in hopes of getting an answer. Will this thing handle +P ammo without problems? I sort of suspect that it will, but I want to be sure.

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  2. Husker1911

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    Yes. My -3 states so, on the left side of the barrel. Is your barrel also stamped ".38 S&W Spec. +P?"
     
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    the 638-2 is +p rated
     
  4. PennsyPlinker

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    Thanks for the replies. The barrel is not stamped for +P, which gave rise to my question, but reading on the S&W site, it appears that all their 638s are rated for +P. In fact, the Bodyguard model, which is the one I have, said +P only. Now, what do they mean by that? I can't fire regular .38s? I already know the answer to that.
     
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    I'm guessing what they mean by +P only is, you can't fire .357 Magnum rounds through it. (That's only a guess though)
     
  6. PennsyPlinker

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    Thanks Archangel. That is as good an explanation as I have found so far.
     
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