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.38 refers to the type of firearm and firearm cartridges.

The .38 is considered a large dead space firearm cartridge; Anything larger than .32 is considered a large caliber, and one of the most common handguns manufactured in the United States.[1] Prior to 1990, the standard sidearm of police in the United States was a revolver that fired the .38 special cartridge, seconded by the .357 Magnum revolver.[2]

Handgun cartridge tableEdit

Cartridge name Bullet
diameter
Case
length
Cartridge
length
Type Source
.380 ACP (.380 Auto, 9 mm Kurz, 9mm Browning Short, 9×17mm) .356 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) .680 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) .980 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimless Barnes 1997, p. 274
.38 Casull .356 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) .933 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimless [1]
.38 Short Colt .357 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) .762 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.052 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimmed Barnes 1997, p. 274
.38 Long Colt .357 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.030 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.320 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimmed Barnes 1997, p. 274
.38 Special .357 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.16 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.550 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimmed Barnes 1997, p. 274
.38 AMU (.38 Army Marksmanship Unit) .357 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.15 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimless [2]
.38 ACP (.38 Auto, 9×23mmSR) .358 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) .900 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.280 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Semi-rimmed Barnes 1997, p. 274
.38 Super .358 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) .900 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.280 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Semi-rimmed Barnes 1997, p. 274
.38 Super Comp .358 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) .896 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.280 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimless Starline cartridge dimensions
.38 S&W (.38 Colt New Police, .380 Rim, .38 S&W Corto, .380-200 British Service) .359 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) .780 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.200 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimmed Barnes 1997, p. 274
.380 Revolver Short [British Webley pattern from 1860s, copied by Colt to produce .38 Short Colt] .375 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 0.700 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.100 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimmed Barnes 1997, p. 274
.380 Revolver Long [British Webley pattern from 1860s] .375 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.000 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.400 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimmed Barnes 1997, p. 274
.38-40 Winchester (.38-40 WCF) .401 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.300 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) 1.590 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) Rimmed Barnes 1997, p. 92

See alsoEdit

  • .38-200, a British military revolver cartridge

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wright, James D.; Rossi, Peter H.; Daly, Kathleen. (1983) Under the Gun: Weapons, Crime and Violence in America Hawthorne, New York: Aldine de Gruyter. Page 42. ISBN 0-202-30306-3.
  2. Wright, James D.; Rossi, Peter H.; Daly, Kathleen. (1983) Under the Gun: Weapons, Crime and Violence in America Hawthorne, New York: Aldine de Gruyter. Page 68. ISBN 0-202-30306-3.

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