Thought you might like to see my new toy

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!

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  • bob e

    perfect weapon NM .. for those times you may be accosted
    to give up your fair share ..

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    ..a couple of friends of mine both have the Ruger LC9 for their pockets…but yours is definitely more fool-proof…er…reliable, I mean.

    • Blacksmith

      I like my LC9, but went and got extended mags for a little better grip.

  • Alain

    That is neat! I envy the freedom you have to be able to do this, since in Canada it is impossible.

    • mobuyus

      Not necessarily when done right.

    • Clausewitz

      It’s only illegal if you get caught.

  • Awesome toy!

  • mauser 98

    seen one similar month ago Florida pawn shop
    342PD Titanium Centennia
    new $725 US
    ..also
    North American Arms.22 Mag Mini-Revolver
    $325 US
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/f1/1b/8f/f11b8f7471f0a2e65c6311c166e52ed9.jpg

  • Excellent choice.

  • mauser 98

    seen one similar month ago Florida pawn shop
    342PD Titanium Centennial
    new $725 US
    ..also
    North American Arms.22 Mag Mini-Revolver
    $325 US

    …did not buy it
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3477f8ff47af279332a6c51b5423ad52f6a565babb67b438ec4706843937e522.jpg

    • UCSPanther

      The pocket fisherman of revolvers…

  • UCSPanther

    Reminds me of those old Iver Johnson “Safety” Revolvers.

    That said, if I could CCW, I would go for a CZ 24, CZ 27 or a CZ 50…

  • Exile1981

    90 grains? That seems a little light. If Canada had carry I’d be a little heavier.

  • Clink9
  • Slickfoot

    Excellent choice, dependable as a hammer.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I like the 642

    • vwVwwVwv

      expert

  • Maggat

    When I was living south of 49 I had a sweet little Ruger SP101 .357. I sure hated to give that up when I moved back.

  • FactsWillOut
  • Minicapt

    No bayonet mount?

    Cheers

    • FactsWillOut

      Idiot.

      • canminuteman

        You right, he meant to say “lug”, not “mount”.

    • canminuteman

      No grenade launcher either. How can you feel properly armed without one?

  • vwVwwVwv

    congrats
    good choice, i would rather purchased one in 327 federal magnum
    but the round more is not so much of importance while you can get
    38 specials wherever you are and they are cheaper.
    think about an aimpoint or laser, not easy to aim with this baby. 😉

  • vwVwwVwv

    why do you want a Glock from CZ?

    • Clausewitz
      • vwVwwVwv

        i hated glock for many years, many year’s now i rely on glock.

        • Clausewitz

          I find for some reason that when I shot a Glock I hit for higher scores on the range. I think it may be the easy action on the trigger that I like.

          • vwVwwVwv

            can’t explain this, the glock is no target pistol
            but if it’s good for you, it’s fair enough.

  • Clausewitz

    If we were allowed to CC in Canada, I would worry so much about the conceal part as long as I had this.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-FG9ZKerGM