So let’s look at that 5-shot .38 Special revolver assertion again. The .38 Special cartridges deliver much less energy per round than the loads enumerated earlier in the article. One needs to place at least three and preferably four rounds to approach the 400 ft-lb’s delivered into the vitals to end the gunfight. It’s a far more difficult firearm to shoot accurately than a full size 15-shot service pistol; in fact, the snub nose revolver is an expert’s gun that even excellent marksmen work hard to master and maintain proficiency with. A motivated civilian who trains reasonably will likely perform no better than a 1 good hit out of every 3 shots rate. You might get two good hits in before the gun runs dry. This means a person so limited probably has maybe a 50% probability of incapacitating an assailant to promptly stop a threat using a low capacity, slow to reload 5-shot .38 Special revolver. That’s the math. It is what it is. No. It is not enough gun.
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