Gun Report

Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 Special

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This revolver is a classic. Its double-action trigger is smooth and predictable, offering fast action or a careful press. Though lighter and smaller in length and height than its competitor, it is also substantially more expensive.

Smith & Wesson 638-3 .38 Special

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The 638 did not have a crane lock, but the tip of the ejector provided cylinder lockup. The Smith & Wesson ejector rod was not protected by a full underlug, but keeping it to minimum length did help to make it more rigid.
The tip of the hammer tang was heavily serrated on both revolvers, but the shroud reduced surface area to more of a sliding button than a tang. The rear sight was simply a notch machined into the top strap.

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