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The .38 Super packs a punch

September 26, 2009
By Kenneth Cobb

The .38 Super Automatic, introduced in 1929, was an improved version of the 38 Automatic or .38 ACP. The dimensions of this cartridge are identical to the older .38 ACP but loaded to higher pressures. The original loading of the Super was a 130-grain full-metal jacketed bullet with a velocity of 1,280 feet-per-second, from a pistol with a 5-inch barrel. The first pistol chambered for this cartridge was the Colt Government M1911.



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