Special revolver has been carried by generations of cops who survived long careers with it, served as a nightstand gun at home, ruled the roost in slow fire and PPC (Police Pistol Combat) competition on the range and continues to provide the best overall backup handgun in small-framed snubnose form you can find today.
The .38 Special in a quality revolver can be quite accurate for either formal or informal targeting. Recoil levels make it an excellent introductory handgun to centerfire shooting; it’s one of the least expensive handgun calibers to handload for and continuing development by the ammo-makers have resulted in effective current factory loads light-years beyond what many of us older types carried in uniform 30 years ago. The caliber and revolver offer a good compromise between size, weight, recoil and simplicity. It’s also quite easy to adapt a .38 Special revolver to fit individual hands by using aftermarket grips from any of several sources.
Its market share may be dwindling, but there are still a number of new .38 Special revolvers being produced and Smith & Wesson shows several different model variations on their website currently, among which is the long-running Model 67.
Big news for the police world in February of 1972 when production began on this K-frame, the M67 had two of what were considered “deluxe” features on an S&W mid-sized gun at the time. After many decades of fixed-sight .38 Specials sold to the working man by both S&W and Colt, adjustable sights were transitioning from “luxury” to “need” and the S&W micrometer click rear coupled with a ramped front blade allowed the cop to actually match up the duty load’s point of impact to the real point of aim, two things that didn’t always converge on fixed-sight guns.