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Semi-Auto chambered in .38 special

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    Semi-Auto chambered in .38 special

    My battle buddy is trying to find a semi-auto chambered in .38 special. Is there such a pistol?

    I've never heard of one, but that doesn't mean much because I don't know too much about hand guns.

    Thanks guys!!
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    The only one I am familar with is one by S&W. I believe the model number was 52. It was chambered for 38 Special wadcutters. It was designed for target competition from what I gather. I don't think they are made anymore.

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    Colt also made a 1911 National Match in 38 special, but they're rare and mucho expensive.

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    Tell him to try a 1911 in .38 super, they are common and really good shooters to boot. Ammo can be hard to find locally, but is easily found online.

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    Is there a reason that he wants a .38 Spcl in a semi-auto?
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    Coonan in .357 mag, although I don't know why anyone would want one.
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    The ones that exist are rare and expensive, and the fact that nobody makes one anymore should tell us something...

    The 52 and the 1911s available in .38 were made for a specific bullseye competition, they held only 5 roumds of .38 in a full sized gun and there was no penalty if they jammed. The few Coknans I've seen and the one I fired were neat, but needed full power .357 mag to function. As with all old, wierd guns spare parts and magazines are hard (or impossible) to get and expensive. Break an extractor or a firing pin and you have a cool paperweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Knight View Post
    The only one I am familar with is one by S&W. I believe the model number was 52. It was chambered for 38 Special wadcutters. It was designed for target competition from what I gather. I don't think they are made anymore.
    You are correct on the Model 52. They are hard to find but I did see one at a recent gunshow but did not ask the price.

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    I have a friend with an S&W 52. His is reliable and dead accurate, but it's ridiculously expensive.
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    There's one on Gun Broker now, #218697404. Has a red dot scope. $ 950.00 Buy now price. Only one there.
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    Thanks again for the info. Like I said I really didn't know it existed.

    Not sure why he wants one. He said his dad has one. Might have something to do with that. I'll show him the responses here when we do bed check tonight.
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    The S&W Model 52. It is an amazingly accurate paper puncher.
    They are quite expensive these days if you are able to locate one. The magazines are also quite expensive.
    BTW - It is intended for use with .38 Special Target WADCUTTER ammunition.

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    Found one on Gunbroker, current bid is only $750 with four days to go.

    S&W Model 52-0 38 Special (Target Wadcutter) : Semi-auto at GunBroker.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Coonan in .357 mag, although I don't know why anyone would want one.
    I beleive that Desert Eagle also makes a .357 Semi auto pistol.

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