Our state passed Constitutional Carry last July, which allows us to carry concealed firearms without any registration or classes, so I have finally acquired a small handgun for concealed carry. This is a Smith & Wesson Airweight .38 Special 5 shot revolver- as simple and reliable as it gets. Unloaded, it weighs in at 14.6 oz / 413.9g and is 6.3 in / 16 cm in overall length. This model (638) has a nub of a hammer that can be cocked for single action shooting and won’t get snagged when drawing from a pocket. The double action trigger pull is heavy – reported to be around 17 lbs / 7.7 kg- so I’ll be installing a custom spring kit to bring it down to around 7 lbs / 3 kg. Here’s Smith & Wesson’s page for the 638.
It’s loaded with Hornaday FTX Critical Defense Lite reduced recoil hollow points, a 90 grain bullet matched to a propellant blend that limits the recoil on such a lightweight firearm, and the gun is rated for continuous use of +P ammunition if you feel the need for more stopping power. There’s gunpowder residue that shows the factory fired 3 test shots, but I haven’t had time to shoot it yet.
Now I need to start saving for a CZ P-10 C!