What can't a .38special do? It can't keep a band going for three decades!
Ok, I'm a dork. I liked that band though.
Seriously, I prefer a .38special (lswc) to a .357mag for nightstand duty: less over penetration and less deafness after the fact, while still being a life saver.
My pop-in-law passes a .38sp to me and it is a nice little shooter. I admit I am more into bottom-feeders, as I shoot them better, and I prefer 9mm or .45acp for personal carry or home defense: same or more power with 2x the capacity. My wife has the .38sp and a phone on her side.
I wouldn't feel unprepared with a .38sp. But I won't carry a smaller pistol for defense.
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