Smith and Wesson Model 638

Smith and Wesson Model 638

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    Smith and Wesson Model 638

    Just wondering if anyone out there has the S&W 638, airweight, bodyguard series, revolver with the 1 7/8 barrel... Just wondering what your overall impression(s) are?

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    I have it and I love it! It's so easy to carry I have it on me all the time

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    I like mine. It's the 438. I wanted the blue. Good little pocket guns for self defense. Not a whole lot of fun to shoot targets with. I use standard pressure Buffalo Bore 158 gr LSWCHP in mine. Kicks like a mule. These guns serve the purpose for which they were created well. I put S&W Service Stocks on mine which fit my hand better and conceal just as well as the ones that came on the gun. You got a 638..good on ya.

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    I carry my airweight more than any of my others. It's not a pretty gun but I've been carrying and shooting mine for a couple of years now and I'd do it all over again.
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    Great gun. I like having the option of shooting SA or DA with the shrouded hammer.
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    My wife carried one for a good long while,until I brought home a J frame .32. She just had to have it and of course I swapped her the .32 for her 638. The 638 ended up in my tackle box and slept there until my step-daughter wanted her carry permit. I loaned her the 638 to take to the class and ended up selling it to her.

    They are pretty nice little carry guns, but are butt ugly !

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    I actually do not have the Model 638, but do have the Model 38 which is an Airweight with a different finish and a Model 649 which is the stainless steel version in the Bodyguard configuration.

    As I only shoot them double-action, however, I find their single-action capabilities superfluous and prefer the shape of Centennial models such as the 640, 940, 442, and 642.

    They ALL excellently fulfill their intended purposes!

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    I am looking at a 638 among others right now. Can anyone tell me the diffence between a 438?
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    I have a 637 Airweight. Its a great little shooter. Carrys great. Easy to conceal. I prefer the hammer to go SA if need be. You wont be disappointed in the 638.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MmmmToasted View Post
    I am looking at a 638 among others right now. Can anyone tell me the diffence between a 438?
    Here are the specs for you:
    SKU: 163438
    Model: 438
    Caliber: .38 S&W Special +P
    Frame Size: Small (J Frame) - Bodyguard® Style
    Capacity: 5 Rounds
    Action: Single/Double Action
    Barrel Length: 1 7/8"
    Front Sight: Integral
    Rear Sight: Fixed
    Overall Length: 6 5/16"
    Weight Empty: 15.1 oz.
    Grip: Synthetic
    Material: Aluminum Alloy Frame/Stainless Steel Cylinder
    Finish: Matte Black


    SKU: 163070
    Model: 638
    Caliber: .38 S&W Special +P
    Capacity: 5 Rounds
    Barrel Length: 1 7/8"
    Front Sight: Integral Front
    Rear Sight: Fixed
    Grip: Rubber Grips
    Frame: Small - Bodyguard Style
    Finish: Matte
    Overall Length: 6 3/8"
    Material: Alloy
    Weight Empty: 15 oz.
    The 438 usually costs about $20.00 more than the 638. I chose the 438. I prefer the black matte finish. It weighs .1 oz more than the 638, and the overall length differs slightly.

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    Thanks, guys. I've decided. It's gonna be a 638 with pink CT laser grips for the wife.
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    Yup!, Love my 638 my EDC.
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