The Smith & Wesson Model 438 is a small-framed revolver chambered in .38 Special. S&W is the largest manufacturer of handguns in the US and is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts. S&W recommends the Model 438 for concealed carry and law enforcement.
The 38 snubnose revolver is a staple of murder mysteries, cop TV shows for many decades, and of real-life cops who need a good, light backup. Everyone over the age of, say, 40 has seen a snubby at one time or another. Today’s TV cops favor all manner of automatic pistols, so the snub 38 is not often seen. But that doesn’t mean it’s no good. The bottom line is, if all you have is a 38 Special snubnose with only five shots, you are a very long way from being unarmed. If you carry five more in a speed loader, well, what more could you want?
My LGS was selling a used - like new in box S&W 438 revolver for $299.95 + tax. I liked the offer and bought it.
Later, I learned that S&W has discontinued production of this gun. Any ideas why? Any history of quality / mechanical issues? Did I buy a lemon?