If you’re looking for 38 revolvers you’ve come to the right place! GunBroker.com has a great selection of 38 revolvers for sale right now. But before you head to our auction pages read our brief background on 38 revolvers and 38 Special ammunition. If you aren’t sure exactly what make or model of 38 revolver you’re looking for maybe our write-up can give you some ideas and direction.
38 revolvers are chambered for the .38 Special cartridge, a popular revolver cartridge. Developed in 1898 by Smith and Wesson, 38 Special ammo was commonly used by civilian and law enforcement from the 1920s to the 1990s, though it was also a popular choice for sidearms in World War I. The .38 Special owes its popularity, even a century after its introduction, to its relatively manageable recoil and excellent accuracy.
The stopping power of the 38 Special boosted the sales of 38 revolvers in the beginning of the 20th century. 38 revolvers cover a range of revolver styles, from more classic Colt Official Police styles to shorter barreled, more easily concealed designs meant to be carried as sidearms. 38 revolvers were eventually ousted for more powerful cartridges but they are still popular for target practice, self defense, and collectors of period-accurate guns.
Now that you’ve read up on 38 revolvers feel free to peruse our auction pages to see if there’s a make and model for sale today that catches your eye. Remember that if you don’t immediately see what you’re looking for, our auctions update every day and the item you want could come up anytime. While you’re here be sure to check out any accessories or ammunition you may need for your new 38 revolver.