What's the difference-.38 vs .38 special?
I'm new to handguns and need some help.
I recently purchased a Smith & Wesson .38 S&W SPL. + P.
I went to but some ammo so I can learn how to shoot and the guy told me if I had a .38 , that I couldn't use .38 special ammo. He said the case is longer in the special and I could injure myself by using the wrong ammo. Is this correct? I didn't really find any ammo that just said .38, it was all .38 special.
I'm guessing my gun is indeed .38 Special ( since it has the SPL) but I just want to make sure before I go to the range so I don't lose a few fingers by using the wrong ammo.