-38 Special

Smith and Wesson Model 638 Airweight 1.875"


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Whatever model it may be, the Smith and Wesson J-Frame has been a go to carry option for decades. I’m going to break this one down short and sweet. This is a slick, incredibly well made, and sharp 638-3looking revolver. I could choose to write more but it need not be said. This wheel gun is S&W quality, J-Frame concealability,  and .38 Special +p sensibility all wrapped up into a package that one can either enjoy at the range or carry with confidence.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: S&W quality, Concealed Carry, 638-4

Target Market: Concealed Carry, Collectors


Key Features

  • Aluminum Alloy Frame
  • Stainless Steel Cyinder
  • Syntheitc Grip
  • Shrouded Hammer

Key Benefits

  • Concealability of an internal/bobbed hammer while still maintaining the ability of single action operation.
  • Lightweight

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

While I was unable to find it on the Smith and Wesson Website a Guns & Ammo review also lists a 2 ½” barrel option. A crimson trace model is also available. But check out the Smith and Wesson website as there is great variety within the S&W J-Frame line.

What others are saying?

Steve Gash from Guns & Ammo

Youtube Review- TheFireArmGuy

Price point:

Gunbroker = Over MSRP Gunbroker Search

I need it now! Availability

During my recent handgun search only one store was flush with a variety of J-Frame models.  I did not see this gun anywhere else and I looked at 4 different stores.

Our Rating

+Superior S&W quality +Lightweight +Concealability +Cool factor of a “snub-nose” +Versatility of the shrouded hammer design

I find it difficult to spot negatives in design or construction. Engineering a firearm is a give and take. With this type of firearm you sacrifice comfort of shooting and magazine size for a highly concealable and reliable firearm that borders on pocket gun stature. I can't note these things as negatives as they are simply the nature of the beast.

Score 8.5





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Smith & Wesson Model 60 "Chiefs Special"


By Ryan Michad

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: The Quintessential Snubby Revolver; Concealed Carry; Accuracy.

Target Market: Concealed Carriers, People who enjoy classic revolvers, snub-nose revolver enthusiasts.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product) Key Features Stainless Steel Construction Chambers .38 Spl +P Ammunition (Some chamber .357 Mag.) Traditional S&W Safety Mechanisms Ramped Integral Front Sight and Notch Rear Sight (Non-Adjustable) Five Shot Capacity

Does it come in black?  The S&W Model 60 is available only in stainless steel.  There are, however, other revolvers in the S&W Lineup similar to the S&W Model 60 which offer other materials & finishes.

What others are saying? “While the new Model 60 did not live up to my expectations in terms of accuracy, the subsequent sample S&W sent me was superb.” -Jeff Quinn, Gunblast.com Gunblast.com Review

Price point MSRP = $729.00 Retail = $350 to $550

I need it now! Availability:  These are readily available at any gunshop that stocks Smith & Wesson Firearms or you can also find many examples on Gunbroker.com

Our Rating +  The revolver is very small, and very concealable. +  It chambers .38 Special +P which is a fairly decent self-defense round. Some models also chamber .357 Magnum. +  It has stainless steel construction which offers some measure of corrosion resistance. +  For a small snub-nose revolver, it has surprising accuracy.

-  The gun recoils quite heavily when loaded with .357 Magnum rounds. -  The sights, while satisfactory for close up work, are lacking. They tend to wash out in bright sunlight, being made out of stainless steel. -  The gun only holds five shots, so you have to be comfortable with reloading and with the guns limitations.

Score: 8.0 Great!!!!80


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