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Well, I decided on the new .38 Special!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Kentucky Rifle, Dec 24, 2002.

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  1. Kentucky Rifle

    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam

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    I caught my regular gun shop owner just as he was closing up his shop today and put a deposit down on one of the new 638 Airweights that will be in next week. I put a lot of thought into it, went back and forth, but ended up with the 638. It doesn't look like any other .38 Special snub in my safe. I'm one happy, lucky, grateful guy this Christmas Eve. It is nice to be here telling you.:cool:

    Kentucky Rifle
     
  2. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Moderator In Memoriam

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    Hello. Thanks for posting; let us know how it shoots.

    Best.
     
  3. Greybeard

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    Hey KR - Good to see ya here. BTW, I forgot to mention over on TFL post that my perception of the little 638 that you are buyin' is that it's just about the most butt-ugly j-frame made! :D I think tho, it was what they used on Charlie's Angels. Doe that make ya feel better? ;) That cockable hammer for single action shots can be a nice option ... You will give us a range report, won't ya?
     
  4. Blackhawk

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    I'm looking forward to a range report to, KR! :D
     
  5. GeorgeH

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    I'll wait for the first range report too.
     
  6. BigG

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    Rico Tubbs used a blue model similar to that on Miami Vice. Let us know how it shoots! :)
     
  7. NJ3

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    A 638, good choice.

    Good to see some familiar names.
     
  8. Erich

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    Hard to go wrong with a lightweight j-frame in .38!
     
  9. Kentucky Rifle

    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam

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    Ah, Greybeard...

    In 1998, that was what people called my Glock 27! Butt-ugly is in the eye of the beholder. I admit, my safe contains "prettier" J-frames, however for me, the 638 had a certain appeal that finally won me over. If I had to reach in my safe in the dark, I wouldn't have any trouble telling which J was the 638!

    KR
    Greybeard??? Mine has gone directly from dark brown to bright white. Grey/gray was skipped entirely!:)
     
  10. Tamara

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    Bodyguard Airweight... schweet!

    You have excellent taste in wheelguns, KR. :)
     
  11. Kentucky Rifle

    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam

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    Coming from you Tam,

    That is quite a compliment indeed!

    KR:p
     
  12. BigG

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    Kinda cute, if you go for the pregnant guppy look... :D
     
  13. 10-Ring

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    Good choice! ;)
     
  14. eap

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    i have a 642 airweight and love it! it's perfect in a pocket holster, so comfortable and lightweight i forget i have it.

    congrats! j-frames are sweet, the only problem i had to fix right away was a trigger job. stock is awwwwwwful.
     
  15. Pendragon

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    cool beans man!

    I am trading my 1965 Model 14 for a 638 next week!

    I can't wait!

    Are all 638s "Airweight" ?
     
  16. Tamara

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    Yup. Remember that the "6" signifies stainless in Smithspeak.
    The Model 49 was the Bodyguard, and the Model 38 was the Bodyguard Airweight.
     
  17. Texas Bob

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    Sweet choice, it can be used as a belt or pocket or shoulder holster gun depending on the size grips you use, which is why I have two. :D
     
  18. Jeff OTMG

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    Excellent choice, KR, but then you already knew that didn't you? ;)
     
  19. Maddock

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    I'll join the chorus - excellent choice.
    My all-the-time is an Airweight Centennial. Not a single problem in almost eight years. I’m considering it’s backup/replacement, and the stainless Airweight J frames look really good.
     
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    I'm starting to think about a lightweight J-frame (or equivelent) .38, and hey they'll all still be available here (since only S&W and Taurus makes them). I'm looking foward to your range report and pictures to help me decide.
     
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    My daily carry piece is a model 642 Centennial Airweight. It has acceptable power and is an almost perfect (for me) size for pocket carry. It's belly gun accurate w/ Hyra-Shoks and fairly quickly drawn from an Uncle Mikes pocket holster. The weather around here is generally hot and humid, so pocket carry is my best option most days. Besides, everybody needs a J-frame.
     
  22. Kentucky Rifle

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    Jeff OTMG

    Roscoe doesn't make RBCD in my regular carry. (.32 H&R mag.) But he makes PLENTY in .38 special.:)
    I "NEEDED" a light weight .38 Special. (15oz. is lightweight, isn't it?:cool: )

    KR
     
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  23. Greybeard

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    In my view, 15-ounce 638 is a "lightweight". 11 and 12 ouncers are "ultralights".

    Earlier this year when I had access to both a 638 and 340, the 3 ounces of difference was definitely noticeable comfortwise when carried all day every day on ankle or draw string shorts ... But, the same 3 ounces was also noticeable when time to light off 38+Ps ... Aftermarket grips negated most of that. :D

    KR, since you keep talking about that high-dollar ammo that you like so well, I may have to break down and get some of it to try in 340 ...
     
  24. Jeff OTMG

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    The RBCD does make by 342 MUCH more managable when shooting. I had always used 158 gr LSWHP +P's, but dropped to Glasers and MagSafes for carry. When I got the 342 I found that the 125gr Winclean target ammo was the lightest recoiling available so that is what I practice with. RBCD is cheap compared to the Glaser and MagSafes I once carried. Cost went from $3 per shot to about $1.50 per shot. Still not .11 per shot target ammo but it doesn't cost $15 to fill a J-frame cylinder either.
     
  25. stephen_g22

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    KR, you are going to love your 638. I bought Greybeards 638 from him and I love it.

    My ugly humpback 638 looks just fine next to my ugly Glock 26.

    Congratulations on your new toy!
     
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