Gun of the week

Jul 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Firearms, Spotlight

The Gun of the Week this time around my latest personal acquisition, a Rock Island Armory 1911 in .38 Super automatic.

I have wanted a .38 Super for some time (I have owned .38 automatics in the past, the predecessor to the .38 Super) and looked at a couple of these.  I asked my regular gunsmith about them and he said the few he examined closely were well manufactured, having very flat slides and excellent uniformity in the thickness of the sides of the frame, indicating good manufacturing techniques.  They are manufactured in the Philippines.

This is a standard Government model with a 5″ barrel and service sights.  It does have a grooved trigger, which I do not like and will remedy in the near future.  Assuming I like how it shoots I will have a decent set of sites put on it.  I got a very good deal on it, paying a tad under $500 for it.

The .38 Super is very popular in countries where civilian ownership of service caliber pistols is problematic.  It was also very popular here in the 1930s with peace officers when it was discovered that the .38 Super round would penetrate the body armor in use at the time and would better penetrate automobile bodies than most other easily available rounds.

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2 Comments to “Gun of the week”

  1. Bob Walsh says:

    Sounds that like would have been a great BBQ gun.

  2. Howie Katz says:

    When I was on the Galveston PD after WWII, I carried a .38 Super. After I bought it, I had it chrome plated because of the corrosive effect of the island’s saltwater air. One of the biggest mistakes I made was when I sold it just before leaving California in 1969.