Wilson super sentinel

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    Wilson super sentinel

    Way to expensive for me but I would love to have one. They shoot .38 super cartridges. What are these? Are they like 38 special +. I had never heard of them.

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    a higher pressure .38 auto, designed for semi auto pistols, Wilson Super Sentinel is a beautiful firearm imo.
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    More like 9mm +P+. Not the same bullets though, being .356 dia. Came out as a possible replacement for the .38 Special but was quickly followed by the .357 Magnum that over-shadowed it. Popular in Mex. SA as mil. round are mostly prohibited in many countries. 38 Super has a loyal following in the target/match shooters.
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    The .38 Super could be considered to be a 9mm on steroids. It began life as the .38 ACP in some Colt automatics, but that was a cartridge of modest power. I'm sure you could Google the history of the .38 Super, but essentially the old round was hotrodded for use in the 1911 in the 1920s, and it was the hottest load available before the .357 Magnum made its debut about a decade later. It found favor with law enforcement as the FMJ bullet at high velocity (1300+ ft/sec) was capable of punching through automobile bodies.

    About 20 years ago, the IPSC community was driving toward higher velocities with lighter bullets, with the goal of making Major power factor but with minimum recoil and muzzle flip. The .38 Super was highly compatible with compensators, so there are still a lot of dedicated competition guns in the action games chambered in Super. If you attend an action shoot, you will easily know the difference between the 9s and the 40s and 45s and a compensated .38 Super. When I'm ROing a club steel match, I normally have the mikes on my earpro facing downrange so I can hear the steel being hit, but I turn 'em around when I see the next shooter up has a compensated gun - the Super makes a really sharp crack.

    The previous generation's Supers were generally regarded as not very accurate, but that's because the semi-rimmed cartridge headspaced on that joke of a rim. Probably around the time the IPSC crowd took interest in the Super, it was discovered that if the round headspaces on the case mouth like the .45 ACP, it's as accurate as any other cartridge.

    A quality 1911 in .38 Super is in the upper tier of my wish list... I'd "settle" for a Springfield or a Colt, but I wouldn't refuse a Wilson if one dropped in my lap!
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    Colt Serial Number 1, Super .38 ACP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Colt Serial Number 1, Super .38 ACP.


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    That is in your personal collection, right?
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    He has both #1 and #2.
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    A few of the Prohibition Era gun fighters favored the Super .38. A little research on this would provide some fun reading.

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    Thanks for the info. Very interesting. Wish I had about $4000 to blow. Maybe someday. Looks like it is small enough to easily carry. Only problem is I would be afraid of scratching it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadRunner71 View Post
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    That is in your personal collection, right?
    Yeah, that's the ticket!

    They just happen to be at the Connecticut State Library currently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Yeah, that's the ticket!

    They just happen to be at the Connecticut State Library currently.
    That sure is generous of you to lend it to them!

    I have a buddy who bought new Colt in .38Super about a year ago. He got it with the vague notion of making it a carry gun.

    It really is a fabulous shooter. The only problem with his idea is that you just don't see quality HP ammunition for it, mostly just lighter target loads.
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    Excellent point about the ammo, Sir, it's certainly not common.
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