.38 super ...?

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by 21bravo, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. 21bravo

    21bravo New Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    wilkes county, nc
    ok.. im sure this has been asked before, but..... what is everyones take on a 1911 chambered in .38 super? i know there were some originals chambered in that cartridge and a few fomous people liked and used them(John Dillinger, for one, supposedly had 2 .38 super colt 1911's). so what do y'all think? do you consider a .38 super 1911 a "real" 1911? i know in this day and age 1911's are chambered in anything from .45acp to .22lr.... would just like to hear some opinions :cool:
  2. Hammerslagger

    Hammerslagger New Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    The .38 Super was and is a hot factory loading of the original .38 ACP. It sent a 130 grain bullet out the barell of a 1911 at 1300 fps for about 488 ft.lbs. of ballistic energy 60 years ago. Today allowable breech pressures have been reduced It is only about 1200 fps with a 130 gn. bullet or 85% of what it once was in power. It is roughly the equivalent of the .357 Sig today if you optimize ammo selection.

    The basic fact (demonstrated over and over again, over the last 130 years of gunfight records) is simply that 40 to 45 bore size pistols tend to be better "man stoppers" than the so called .357,.36, .38, or 9mm bore sizes. Ballistic energy numbers on paper have not shown themselves to be as important in the "real world" as big diameter, heavy bullets moving at moderate to high velocities.

  3. ARB

    ARB New Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    Mid Missouri
    Growing up, I had a Colt 1911 in .38 super. I loved that thing. It was a nice start before getting into .45's. I still wish I had it, as it would probably be worth a lot and it was just so darn fun to shoot.
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