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Old 09-02-2009, 03:49 PM
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I'm reading "Midnight", by Dean Koontz. In the book, one guy has "a .38 pistol and a .45 revolver." He gives ammo for the .38 to an FBI agent for his Chief's Special. Yeah, I know it's fiction. Heck, it's about an uber-geek who inject the people of a small California town with microchips, turning them into human computers. I was just wondering if there had ever been a semi-auto pistol that used the .38 Special cartridge?
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There was a .357 1911 style semi auto made in Mn a few years ago. I don't know if 38 Specials would work in it. I heard earlier this year that Dan Coonan and others were going to start making the pistol again.
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Yes, the model 52. Fires flush-seated wadcutters
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The S&W Model 52

http://www.shootingtimes.com/handgun...el5238_200906/

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Yep, several pistols have been in production that handle the 38 spec MID-Range wad cutter, S&W M52 series, Colts NM Gold Cup, and the Coonan 357. The Coonan will handle the full size 38sp as in SWC, and HPs with a spring change Several makers modified the 38 super, Jim Clark ect. I've got em all and lean to the Clark gun and then the M52. The coonan is a real neat shooter, FULL power 357 and then some!!
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If the words in quotes are an exact single quote, they might hint otherwise, but the .38 pistol might have been a revolver. After all, almost all revolvers are pistols.
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That's a 952- the 9mm version.
Details...details.
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That's a 952- the 9mm version.
Details...details.
I was wondering how a .38 SP ejected from that. Thanks to everyone for the help.
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The Webley-Fosbery .....so sayeth Wikipedia...



came in 455 AND 38 special

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Dick Cassul, who developed the 454 cassul cartridge, developed and marketed for a time a semi-auto chambered in a very powerful 38 cal cartridege. I believe the cartidge was called, surprisingly, the 38 Cassul. These autos were advertised for some time but I have heard nothing of them for a couple of years.
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came in 455 AND 38 special

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You mean .38 ACP (.38 Automatic), ask one of the guys here that has one, he did a post on shooting it a while back.
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Oops! That's what I get for using Google image search.
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I've got a .38 Special Giles conversion of a .38 Super Colt M1911. It's frighteningly accurate, but not something I'd want to use for self defense. Of course I wouldn't shoot my 3" Model 65 in a bullseye 2700 match either.
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Gotta get off of the kool-aid.

How about a glass of Dickel instead with me if you're ever down this way?
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"You mean .38 ACP (.38 Automatic), "

oops....yes.....of course....I did have a computer glitch just then...and then left for the afternoon....

I'd love to read the report.
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Well, The Desert Eagle was chambered in .357. No reason it wouldn't shoot .38 Special. Right?
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Gotta get off of the kool-aid.

How about a glass of Dickel instead with me if you're ever down this way?
It would be my honor, Andy.
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The S&W model 52 was a target gun, like others have said, that shot wad cutters only. It was a very accurate gun and popular among bullseye shooters.
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Two shooters here in Charlotte shoot Colt 1911 in .38 special in our weekly league.Both said there were ex bullseye guns.

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