I have a question for my far more knowledgable associates on this board. Although books frequently equate the 9 mm and 38 special as defensive rounds, it appears to me that, taking the broad sweep of what is available, the 9 mm is ordinarily a more powerful round at a comparable caliber and weight. Now, looking at the loaded rounds, I cannot see why this should be so. Even the +p 38 sp stuff is fairly anemic, in comparison. It can't be just because of older 38 sp revolvers, since the 9mm is an ancient round itself. Case capacity would not seem to explain it, at least to me. This has been puzzling me. I am actually a big fan of 38 special, which can be unbelievably accurate. What is "the scoop"?? If this has been covered, I apologize and will gladly follow any citations provided.