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genmeagher
March 18, 2014, 23:34
I've always loved the old school S&W .38s...a mild recoil coupled with a great mechanism equals a great sidearm. I've enjoyed a few Lend Leases as well as some Model 10s. Even though my fave S&W is a .357 Combat Masterpiece, I will always have a soft spot for that oddball caliber, the .38 S&W.

Its old and blue and mine.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e240/genmeagher/IMG_2292_zps0d603d50.jpg

tigerfans2
March 19, 2014, 09:20
A pretty gun, if only one could go back in time to when the gun and caliber were cheap.


And I had a growing family and no money anyway :-(

TenTea
March 19, 2014, 09:27
Nice diamond Magnas!

If you like .38 caliber, as do I and Glen Fryxell, then follow this link and scroll down for some great articles and stories with regard to same.

http://www.lasc.us/articlesfryxell.htm

Retired Bum
March 19, 2014, 17:05
Is that old M&P chambered for the .38 S&W Special or the .38 S&W aka the .38/200?

I once saw a Model 11 export .38 S&W at a gun show. Nice polished blued finish and post 1957 of course. I could have taken it home with me for only $300 but I declined to do so. Big mistake of course. A Model 11 is the only K frame M&P .38 Spl or .357 Mag that I have never owned.

I do have one S&W chambered for the .38 S&W round. A four inch Model 33 .38 Regulation Police J frame. Nice little revolver but I wish I had that Model 11....

And so it goes.


The Retired One

W.E.G.
March 19, 2014, 17:48
Terrier

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/SW%20Terrier/DSCN6067smaller.jpg

genmeagher
March 20, 2014, 20:17
Nice diamond Magnas!

If you like .38 caliber, as do I and Glen Fryxell, then follow this link and scroll down for some great articles and stories with regard to same.

http://www.lasc.us/articlesfryxell.htm

Great link! Thank you for that!

Those grips are fantastic. They fit the hand so well. When I "rescued" that sidearm, it had god-awful pachmyr rubber grips on it. Those were swiftly sent to the corner and the magnas put on.

genmeagher
March 20, 2014, 20:23
Is that old M&P chambered for the .38 S&W Special or the .38 S&W aka the .38/200?

I once saw a Model 11 export .38 S&W at a gun show. Nice polished blued finish and post 1957 of course. I could have taken it home with me for only $300 but I declined to do so. Big mistake of course. A Model 11 is the only K frame M&P .38 Spl or .357 Mag that I have never owned.

I do have one S&W chambered for the .38 S&W round. A four inch Model 33 .38 Regulation Police J frame. Nice little revolver but I wish I had that Model 11....

And so it goes.


The Retired One

It is chambered for the .38 S&W aka .38/200 and has a five inch barrel. No import marks and no martial markings and the cylinder hasn't been bored to .38 Special. I've been shooting 146 grn LRN rounds through it since they are available and commercially loaded. there is zero, and I mean ZERO kick. Such a soft shooter and the mechanism is like a watch. I taught my ex how to shoot a revolving pistola on this frame and she never flinched. Shoots off POV at a distance, but on the closer side the 146 grn rounds hit close enough.

How do you like that Model 33? That is a sweet piece. Pity about the Mod. 11...ugh. I love the K frame. Such a great fit!!

genmeagher
March 20, 2014, 20:24
Terrier

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol%20pics/SW%20Terrier/DSCN6067smaller.jpg

Now that is a tidy, neat package!!! 1.5" or 2" barrel?

Thanks for sharing!

Retired Bum
March 20, 2014, 22:41
genmeagher,

I found the Model 33 at a local gunshop back in 1989. According to my records I paid $225 for it back then. It is a nifty little J frame that is easy to carry and shoot. I hand load the .38 S&W with a 150 grain LSWC to 700 fps in that four inch barrel. I use a soft alloy that slugs up to the .359" groove diameter and I get good accuracy with it. I can duplicate standard pressure .38 Spl performance with my hand loads although recoil is more noticeable when compared to the 145 gr RNL factory load.

To the best of my knowledge the last US made revolver chambered for the .38 S&W was the Ruger Service Six. About 35 years ago or so the Indian Gov't placed an order for 10,000 Service Six's with Ruger. The Indian's were still using the old Enfields and Webleys which were long out of production. Their ammo factory at Dum Dum manufactured the .380 Inch SAA Ball round so this is why they stayed with that round. Ruger made up 10,001 of the Service Sixes. The last one off the production line went into their reference collection. I wonder if the Indians are still using those Rugers.....

And so it goes.


The Retired One

Retired Bum
March 20, 2014, 22:42
Both the I frame and J frame Terrier's had two inch barrels.

And so it goes.


The Retired One

jugrunner
March 21, 2014, 21:11
Outstanding ... !!! ... :bow: ... Colt could only hope ... to be so nice ... !!!

beautiful old wheel gun ...


I've always loved the old school S&W .38s...a mild recoil coupled with a great mechanism equals a great sidearm. I've enjoyed a few Lend Leases as well as some Model 10s. Even though my fave S&W is a .357 Combat Masterpiece, I will always have a soft spot for that oddball caliber, the .38 S&W.

Its old and blue and mine.

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e240/genmeagher/IMG_2292_zps0d603d50.jpg

genmeagher
March 21, 2014, 21:47
Thanks, Jug!

That wheelie has a special place in my heart. If only I can perform half as good at that age...

B.