Yes the Smith you mentioned will shoot 38 specials. I'm a colt guy and don't know any of the smith model numbers anymore. If it's one of those mystery metal guns that weigh as much as a paper clip you might want to shoot one before spending hard earned money. Those extremely light guns kick like a Missouri Mule and can be painful. Mr. Newtons laws STILL apply. The lighter the gun the greater the recoil.
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