Bit more powerful than the 9mm. Might compare it to the .38 special. Really a nice ballistic load. I own 9mm Bergman/ Bayard and 9largo pistols. I like shooting the "9magnum"; it really is more fun that a 9mm and makes a .45 feel a bit clunky in comparison.
I don't. I use 9 large and leave it at that for those. I have had a .38 Supper in the past and it is a bit hotter for sure. The Astra I have might "maybe" handle super 38; but, as you say the boom may come sooner than expected.
Berto, I bet they could put one of those Custer Indian finishes on it, and make it look old! You're right, though, they (USFA) ain't cheap. I am waiting for a SAA with a 7 1/2 bbl with stag (+ $450.00 ) grips in the regular finish. I think of it as my marshall Dillon special! Should be here soon - I wish I could afford a camera to post pics to show it to everyone!
I'd love to order one with engraving, similar to the gun John Wayne used in his last film, but don't think I'll ever be able to justify that kind of money for another investment again.
find you a good used 9mm 1911 and have a 38 super barrel fitted to it, barrel with bushing under $200.00 and then you have the ability for 2 calibers on the same frame. i have one of the older llamas in 9 largo that came with an extra slide and an aftermarket 38 super barrel and i have a lot of fun with it. total investment was under $700.00