The .38 Speical - Just For Fun

The .38 Speical - Just For Fun

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    The .38 Speical - Just For Fun

    With vintage FBI training film.

    Saw this elsewhere and it was a fun read. The film is a hoot.

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    I've always tended to view the .38 Special revolver and cartridge more as a full-sized side arm much as is illustrated in this short narrative on the .38 Special. The notion of the small snub is mostly a tangent in my .38 Special thinking and use.

    The FBI film is quaint. Tactics are "vintage." Some techniques taught are still valid. Some are hokey. The reload is painful to watch with nary a speedloader to be seen.

    The training film must have been made in about 1955. The Smith & Wesson revolvers are all shown with "speed hammers" which were popular in the late '40s to mid-1950s, with their characteristic "fishhook" spurs. Both half-moon and ramp sights are seen adorning the Smith & Wessons which indicates mid-1950s. I spied a '53 Plymouth and perhaps had a quick glance at a '55 Chevy station wagon. Quite a few of the cars from the '40s and even late '30s as would have been common on streets of the era.
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    Love it!!
    Lot course Bryan you know you are tugging at my heart strings when you get to talking the 38spl, especially in the model 10's and their relatives.
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    My first cop job came with a nickel plated Model 10 with the "pencil barrel". The issue ammo was 158 grain RNL.

    In today's world we tend to dismiss such a combo as "ineffective". These revolvers and the .38 Special decided many gunfights and could be considered the peacemakers of the 20th century. Some of the deadest people I ever saw met their demise with such a combo.

    Ah, to be a young cop again.

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    if my service revolver and off duty gun could talk.... (Model 10 4" H/B S/B, and Model 36 2" R/B).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret Spuk View Post
    if my service revolver and off duty gun could talk.... (Model 10 4" H/B S/B, and Model 36 2" R/B).
    They can't?

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    My first gun I was issued as an Aircrew member was a 2" bbl S&W Mod 15. I had to go to the armory every day and check it out along with the issued wadcutters. Later in my career we switched to the M-9. The SP's hated us because we were issued the M-9 before they were
    My first duty gun I carried as a Police Officer was a S&W mod 19 and my off-duty was a very well worn square butt Mod 36.
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    Fun read, Bryan.
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    In 67 I had a C-130 pilot that would land at our airfield . He would trade me New in box Model 15's even, for any old 1911 . This was a small airfield supported a MACV compound and a couple arty fire bases . I could get all kinds of small arms at time . 1911 were easy to come by .. We did a of of trading my time their . I made a few bucks and people that wanted 38 got 38 and AF that wanted 1911's got 1911's. Also AK's and other captured items . Seems AF just couldn't get hands on some items and willing to trade. Wonder how much went home with some story attached to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    My first gun I was issued as an Aircrew member was a 2" bbl S&W Mod 15. I had to go to the armory every day and check it out along with the issued wadcutters. Later in my career we switched to the M-9. The SP's hated us because we were issued the M-9 before they were
    My first duty gun I carried as a Police Officer was a S&W mod 19 and my off-duty was a very well worn square butt Mod 36.
    I worked in the Command Post for many years and we had the old 38 special S&Ws. We were still using them when the cops got the M-9s.

    When Desert Shield/Storm started, the AF didn't have enough side-arms for some units so they allowed us to bring our personal weapons. Unfortunately they put some caveats on it. They had to be 9mm and we had to use government issue ammo.
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    I'm not old enough to remember either but that sure was a good read. Its hard to bet a good wheel gun.

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