The 38 special was never known as a manstopper. My grandfather was a cop in Milwaukee, WI during the 1920' and 1930's. He walked in to the chief one day, plopped his 38 on the chiefs desk and said " They are shooting at my with 45's I am shooting back with one". And began carrying his 1917 Colt, 45 Colt. He had a pouch full of 1/3 moon clips loaded with 45 ACP's for reloads.
My rifle and pistol are tools, I am the weapon.