.38 Special (no ontology)

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.38 Special (also referred to as .38 S&W Special, .38 Spc or .38 Spl, more rarely 9x29mm R) is a pistol cartridge designed in 1898 by Smith & Wesson. Primarily intended for revolvers, .38 Special started life as a blackpowder cartridge, before transitioning to smokeless powder one year later after its introduction. It is the most popular revolver cartridge in the world, having been (and, in some cases, still is) in service with the majority of police and law enforcement agencies on the planet. Even as higher-capacity semi-automatic pistols started rising in popularity, phasing .38 Special firearms out of military and police service, .38 Special remains widely used in the civilian market, as a popular plinking, defensive, and target shooting cartridge.

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Type LDV C1 C2 C3 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5
Bullet +1 27% 26% 25% 22% 18% 14% 7% 2%

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  • Available for purchase in a gun shop or a weapon shop in boxes of 50 or bulk cans of 1000.
  • Available brands and projectile types:
    • Standard (Regular, SP): FMJ, Lead, LSWC, JHP, JSP, LSWCHP, SEG, UHS
    • Reduced Velocity (Regular, -P): FMJ, Lead, LSWC, JHP, JSP, LSWCHP
    • Personal Defense (Regular, +P): FMJ, JHP, JSP, LSWCHP
    • Pocket Dragon (Regular, +P+): FMJ, JHP, JSP
  • Retail value of a standard round (Reg/FMJ/SP): 1 P$ /round
  • Recoil level: 2 - Light

Handloading information

  • Primer type: Small pistol
  • Powder type: Pistol
  • Projectile type: .357, 125 grain
  • Standard load: 58 pwdr
    • -P load: 52 pwdr
    • +P load: 64 pwdr
    • +P+ load: 70 pwdr
  • Cost of a 50 case box: 10 P$ (0.13 P$/case)
  • Estimated cost to handload 1 standard round (Reg/FMJ/SP): 0.926 P$

Weapons compatible

Standard weapons

Total amount of standard weapons available in this caliber: 10

Class 3 weapons:

  • Armscor Model 206, DA/SA revolver
  • Astra 680, DA/SA revolver
  • Charter Arms Undercover, DA/SA revolver
  • Colt Cobra, DA/SA revolver
  • Colt Detective Special, DA/SA revolver
  • Mateba MTR-8, DA/SA revolver
  • Röhm RG-38S, DA/SA revolver
  • Smith & Wesson Model 10, DA/SA revolver
  • Smith & Wesson Model 242 Airlite, DAO revolver
  • Smith & Wesson Model 642, DAO revolver

Additional weapons that can chamber .38 Special rounds interchangeably with their native caliber:

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Barrel length groups

Depending on the barrel length of the firearm, a multiplier to Pain and Limb damage is applied. Please refer to the lists of weapons or to the event lines to know your particular weapons' barrel length.

Group name Length range Damage multiplier
Short handgun Up to 3.9" 0.75x
Medium handgun 4" to 8" 1x
Long handgun 8.1" to 12" 1.5x
Rifle 12.1" and beyond 1.75x


.38 Special FMJ

See also

Real life information