38 Special Ammo

The .38 Special cartridge is one of the most common self defense cartridges in use today.  One of the biggest advantages is that it can be chambered in small revolvers that are easily concealed, but are still very effective for personal protection. Learn More
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  1. MBI 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $299.99 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by MBI

    • Reloaded Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by MBI
    • Reloaded Range
    • 30¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC MBI-47954
  2. MBI 38 Special Ammo - 100 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $31.99 Price

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    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by MBI

    • Reloaded Condition
    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by MBI
    • Reloaded Range
    • 32¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC MBI-47897
  3. Blazer 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 125 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $354.99 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer Brass

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer Brass
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 35.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer Brass SKU 5204
    • UPC 10076683052046
  4. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Price $384.99

    Price $369.99

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 37¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38K
    • UPC 50029465091908
  5. CCI 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $18.75 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 37.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3522
    • UPC 076683035226
  6. Blazer 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $18.99 Price
    • $18.50 each if you buy 5 -  save 3%
    • $18.00 each if you buy 10 -  save 5%

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer Brass

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer Brass
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 36¢ to 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer Brass SKU 5204
    • UPC 076683052049
  7. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $380.00 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38B
    • UPC 50029465085013
  8. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 132 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $379.99 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by PMC

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38G
    • UPC 90741569070105
  9. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWC Ammunition

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    $379.95 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 38C
    • UPC 50029465084030
  10. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain SJSP Ammunition

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    $19.75 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 39.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38C
    • UPC 754908107018
  11. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain FMC Ammunition

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    $20.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38Q
    • UPC 754908184118
  12. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 300 Rounds of 132 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $125.00 Price

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    • 300 Rounds
    • Made by PMC

    • New Condition
    • 300 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 41.7¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38G-BP
    • UPC 741569050401
  13. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $21.25 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 42.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38B
    • UPC 029465085018
  14. Magtech 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain SJSP Ammunition

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    $21.50 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • 43¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38D
    • UPC 754908108015
  15. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $21.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WMAE38B
    • UPC 029465062590
  16. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain MC Ammunition

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    $22.25 Price
    • $21.50 each if you buy 5 -  save 3%

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 43¢ to 44.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU L38S11
    • UPC 047700076102
  17. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 132 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $22.25 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by PMC

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 44.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38G
    • UPC 741569070102
  18. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $22.50 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 45¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38C
    • UPC 762344704937
  19. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q4171
    • UPC 020892201927
  20. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMC Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38T
    • UPC 754908190003
  21. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 110 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RTP38S10
    • UPC 047700421605
  22. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LWC Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RTG38S5
    • UPC 047700424606
  23. Sellier and Bellot 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $23.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot

  24. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWC Ammunition

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    $23.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 38C
    • UPC 029465084035
  25. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 150 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $24.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q4196
    • UPC 020892201934
  26. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $24.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU W38SPLT
    • UPC 020892220515
  27. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $9.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by PMC

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38SFA
    • UPC 741569010047
  28. SinterFire RHA 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 110 Grain Frang. Ammunition

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    $24.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by SinterFire

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by SinterFire
    • American-made Range
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • SinterFire SKU SF38110RHA
    • UPC 856086004643
  29. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain JSP Ammunition

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    $25.50 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WC381
    • UPC 020892211629
  30. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FEB Ammunition

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    $25.50 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign-made Range
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU CR38A
    • UPC 754908177417
  31. Estate Cartridge 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $26.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Estate Cartridge SKU ESH38130
    • UPC 029465063818
  32. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain LFN Ammunition

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    $26.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38U
    • UPC 754908193011
  33. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain TCJ-FN Ammunition

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    $26.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU LL38S17
    • UPC 047700355306
  34. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 148 Grain LWC Ammunition

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    $26.75 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Range
    • 53.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RTG38S3
    • UPC 047700424408
  35. Blazer 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $27.85 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 55.7¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3519
    • UPC 076683035196
  36. Magtech 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWCHP Ammunition

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    $27.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 56¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 38G
    • UPC 029465084134
  37. Sellier and Bellot 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain SJSP Ammunition

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    $29.00 Price

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    • Made by Sellier and Bellot

  38. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain SJSP Ammunition

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    Image For 50 Rounds Of 158 Grain SJSP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 38 Special Magtech Ammunition
    $29.50 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 59¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38N
    • UPC 754908170616
  39. Winchester 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $29.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA38JHP
    • UPC 020892213173
  40. Remington HTP 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 110 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $29.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RTP38S16
    • UPC 047700427102
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  • Click To Purchase This 38 Special MBI Ammunition
    based on the 3 reviews below
  • Gene said:

    "They come in a convenient bag. They all fire when the trigger is pull. I see no variation in the ballistics,"

  • td said:

    "good for the price"

  • Bill said:

    "Purchased rounds for girlfriend, though she hasnt fired any yet they seem like quality target rounds. And all ''100'' where accounted for. "

  • Click To Purchase This 38 Special Remington Ammunition
    based on the 2 reviews below
  • Bobby said:

    "Will from u guys again great customer service "

  • Tomcat said:

    "I was looking for something to shoot that didn't cost me an arm and a leg. There were no 9mm or 22LR available so I bought these 38SPL rounds. They performed quite well and allowed me to shoot my old model 6. 4" heavy barrel S&W. Over all I am happy with the results."

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  • Old_Dude said:

    "This was my first order from Ammo.com and I was not disappointed. The 1000 rounds came packaged securely, was reasonably priced and arrived on time. I use these as range ammo in my 3 revolvers; S & W 686-6 357 mag, S & W Airweight 38 snub nose and my Ruger LCR 38 snub nose.They work and that's all I can ask. They perform well, and are fine for an indoor range with good ventilation. I will use these again. I also use Hornady Critical Defense 110 gr JHP in the 38s at home and Winchester in my 686 at home for self defense if needed. "

Since being introduced in 1898, the .38 Special cartridge has been a significant part of the world of firearms. This cartridge was designed to improve on the .38 Long Colt which the U.S. military used at the time. The .38 Long Colt had limited stopping power and had proven ineffective against the wooden shields of the Moro tribesmen in the Philippines. More power was needed - enter the .38 Special. 

The .38 Special grew from this need to become one of the most well-known and frequently used calibers in the world today. Discussions of the .38 Special will no doubt include references to the iconic .38 “Snubby” revolver. This pistol with a short barrel was often carried as a back up gun in a pocket or calf holster by law enforcement and civilians alike. The .38 Special had a rich service life and was used by all branches of the military in the years between 1935 and 1985. Most frequently used as a self-defense/survival weapon by aircrew members, it was also issued as a duty sidearm to military police and security personnel.

The .38 Special is an accurate cartridge and has been popular among target shooters. The revolver is the most common type of handgun for this cartridge, but another option is the Smith & Wesson Model 52, a semi-automatic pistol with a five round magazine that can feed wadcutter bullets. The mild recoil of the .38 Special pleases practical pistol shooters, allowing shots to be fired in rapid succession.

Bullet weights for the .38 Special can be found today ranging between 95 and 158 grains. Bullet types vary from wadcutter to round nose and hollow point. These cartridges generate between 150 foot pounds of muzzle energy on the low end to almost 300 foot pounds at the high end. Commonly used for concealed carry, the .38 Special is available from many manufacturers in their premium self protection line. It is worth noting that .38 Special cartridges can be used as a lighter recoiling, less expensive alternative to full power magnum ammunition in .357 Magnum firearms.

The .38 Special has rightfully earned its place among the best firearms cartridges in the world through its qualities of accuracy, power, concealability, and availability.