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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?

Nothin wrong with that


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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
Introduced in 1961, the .38-caliber S&W Model 52 was one of the premier American-made centerfire target pistols.

Read more: LINK


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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
yeah, one of the gun shows had a segment on it. May have been "I have this old gun". Was very interesting.


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TigerOnThe Hill
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
OG,
Gallery of Guns shows a bunch of new revolvers in 38 Spec, but no semi-autos at this point in time. GOG (Davidson's) doesn't carry EVERY gun in production, but not many slip by them..... Prospects not looking good for a new 38 Spec semi-auto.....


bapple
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
Get the Coonan 357. It'll shoot .357 magnum and then .38 special with a swap of the recoil spring.

Image: http://www.coonaninc.com/userfiles/image/3finishesflat.jpg


AlxTgr
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
Is that grip gigantic?


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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
No, some seem bigger. You gonna need all the handle you can hold onto when you shoot that thing.


AlxTgr
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
I'm not shooting it. Not with my carny fingers.


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Hawgon
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
You don't really want one. It is a relatively difficult thing to make a semi-auto function reliably with a rimmed cartridge like the .38 Special. There are feeding issues that one doesn't have with a rimless case. That is why they've never really made that many of them and they never were that popular.



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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
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Geauxt, although not part of the question, why are you looking for a semi auto in .38 special?



Sorry for the delay on getting back on this... The reason I would consider a 38 semi is that through the years, I've kinda streamlined my guns and ammo situation.. for instance, all shotguns are now 12 ga's, all deer rifles are 7 mags, all small rifles are 22 lr, and just got a new LCR in 38 and would like to get a semi in 38, for the same bullets... In other words, I want to be able to grab a gun and not even have to consider having to think about the "right" ammo.. I learned this lesson in carrying the kids deer hunting many moons ago... Wrong bullets would get put in pockets while rushing out the door... So, when all of us had 7 mags, we all used the same bullets,,, etc... It really has it's advantages


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TigerOnThe Hill
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The reason I would consider a 38 semi is that through the years, I've kinda streamlined my guns and ammo situation..


Makes sense.


Ole Geauxt
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Makes sense.
but, don't get me wrong, i'd still like to have one of everything...


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bapple
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
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It is a relatively difficult thing to make a semi-auto function reliably with a rimmed cartridge like the .38 Special.


Coonan has found a way to make it work.

He has a patented system on his magazines (they're $60 bucks each!) with a rotating follower. It prevents the rims from stacking too hard on top of each other. As you can see here, the piece in the middle allows the follower to rotate.

Image: http://cdn2.armslist.com/sites/armslist/uploads/posts/2012/03/25/347660_01_coonan_model_b_357_640.jpg


Check out this guy's channel if you have doubts. He has a bunch of high speed video of it and it looks pretty sweet. Also in this video, he has a guy shoot it for the first time and he loves it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfLLyBruZbk

Something to add is that you get even more velocity out of the .357 magnum round in a semi auto since there is no cylinder gap. I forget the exact amount but I think it's somewhere around a 25% velocity increase.

I've done a lot of homework on this handgun. It's not child's play. It's a very well-thought out design and I can't wait to have money so I can own one. This gun WILL BE my my next 1911.
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Ole Geauxt
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
bapple, without doing any research,, whut u think that 1911 shootin'n 38's would aprox. cost?


bapple
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bapple, without doing any research,, whut u think that 1911 shootin'n 38's would aprox. cost?


Well I imagine the cost per round would be more expensive than say, 9mm. What's a box of 50 rounds cost? Divide that number by 50 to get cost/round.


Ole Geauxt
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
no no,, i meant the cost of that gun, chambered for 38..


bapple
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
Oh...

Well the gun can shoot both. All you have to do is change the recoil spring out.

I think price is somewhere around $1200-$1300.


Ole Geauxt
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re: "New or almost new", 38 Special Semi Autos, know of any?
hmmmm,,, kinda spensive,,, but kewl..


bapple
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hmmmm,,, kinda spensive,,, but kewl..


The price is competitive for upper-end 1911s.


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