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Old March 22, 2013, 02:55 AM   #26
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If you want a shootable 38 Special you might as well have the best: the Model 14. These are the target models with great sights, nice wide triggers and overtravel stops. Even though the double action trigger is rarely used on these, both of mine came with very smooth trigger pulls. These were S&W's flagships at the time. I suspect they got a bit more hand fitting than a bulk order of police department Model 10s.

Needless to say they are very accurate.
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Old March 22, 2013, 05:15 AM   #27
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Why does it have to chamber 38? Thats one of the great attributes off the 357 such as the Colt Lawman snub, you always have the option.
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Old March 22, 2013, 09:27 AM   #28
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WOW... lots of awesome looking guns... definitely got some tough choices here...
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Old March 22, 2013, 11:07 AM   #29
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S&W Model 15

I have four 38spl revolvers. The model 15 is my favorite. Not original grips but target grips are most comfortable for me.

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Old March 22, 2013, 02:04 PM   #30
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Just realized I don't have anything chambered specifically for 38 Special...

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Old March 22, 2013, 04:55 PM   #31
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I have a 4" Smith Mod. 10, chambered 38 Spl. It's also ported and has had a trigger job. I expect it was someone's IPSC gun. It's one of my favorite for "plinking" and also just general utility carry.

I bought it precisely because it was chambered 38 Spl and not .357. I have tons of 38 brass, load 158 gr. Oregon Trails Laser Cast bullets w/ HS6 or Win. 231 -- and load them +P because this gun is a magnum frame.

The other reason I bought it is because Dennis at the shop made me a deal. The gun had been sitting for months because it wasn't chambered .357. For a few bucks I can purchase a reamer and rechamber for the longer case, but I'm not going to do it.

Chambered in 38 makes it "Special."
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Old March 22, 2013, 06:04 PM   #32
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I missed the snubby qualifier, and few old the older 5 screw S&W 38s will be found for $500 ish. I guess really my suggestions are not what you are looking for MWM, but they are guns you could perhaps consider after getting a 38 snub. I know I never regretted getting any of the guns I pictured, esp that outdoorman - that is one sweet revolver.

Maybe you could look for a baby chief (aka early pre 36) but that also will be hard to find for $500 ish. They have a smaller trigger guard than the later pre 36 and model 36 guns. They're very sought after and high quality, being made in the 1950s. The baby chief and a diamondback snub (because they're rare) are at the top of my snubnose list.

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Old March 22, 2013, 06:08 PM   #33
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I think a model 15 snub would fit the bill well. I was going to suggest a 15, but I don't even have one! I need to buy one. Anyways, model 15 snubs would satisfy the need for an older S&W, the cost need, the snubnose, and the 38 special all in one. They're also not rare, so you don't have to worry about them, like you would most Colt snubs (Colt snubs are pretty hot in the market) They can be found for well under $500 although they will not sit around long as model 15 snubnoses are more sought after than 4 in models.

Here is a model 15 snub

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Old March 22, 2013, 07:45 PM   #34
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I only have two revolvers that are .38 special. I am not sure why I have so few as I really like the cartridge and the guns that are chambered for it.

One is this K38 Masterpiece that is capable of far better accuracy than I am:

The other is this Colt Detective Special that is my current favorite carry gun.

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Old March 22, 2013, 07:52 PM   #35
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The model 36 is a favorite of mine. Light enough for carry, but heavy enough to lower the recoil for fast follow up shots. I own airweights as well. But as far as my favorite .38 special only is a 36 every time. Not shooting plus p isnt a problem for me as i carry standard pressure in all my .38 snubs anyway. As far as .357 snubs go though sp101 baby!
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Old March 24, 2013, 03:38 PM   #36
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Another vote for the Model 15

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