.38 Special

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.38 Special
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Game information
All information listed assumes Standard FMJ (Reg/SP/FMJ)
Category (P)istol caliber
Recoil level 2
Cost per round Parallar symbol.png 1.00
Weight per round (units) 0.01
Quantity (retail box/bulk can) 50 / 1000
Damage tables
Type LDV C1 C2 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5
Bullet +1 27% 25% 22% 18% 14% 7% 2%
Handloading information
Primer type Small pistol
Powder type Pistol powder
Projectile type .357, 125 grain
Cost per case Parallar symbol.png 0.193
Standard load (SP) 58 pwdr
Cold load (-P) 52 pwdr
Hot load (+P) 64 pwdr
Super load (+P+) 70 pwdr
Real world information
Ref. barrel length (inches) 4 (S&W Model 10)
Muzzle velocity 296 m/s (971 ft/s)
Muzzle energy 355 Joule (262 ft-lbf)
Country of origin United States (45 stars).png United States
Year 1898

.38 Special is a type of ammunition for firearms. It is classified as a (P)istol caliber.

.38 Special is pronounced thirty-eight special. Despite the name, the actual diameter of the bullet is 0.357 inches; the ".38" part of the name comes from the diameter of the case, which is roughly 0.380" inch.

This caliber may also be known as .38 S&W Special (its former full name), .38 Spc, .38 Spl, 9x29mm R, or simply .38.


Base weapons

There are 10 base weapons chambered in this caliber.

Class 3 weapons:

Cross-caliber compatibility

.38 Special can be seen as a shorter version of .357 Magnum; both cartridges have the exact same dimensions other than case length. In turn, this allows many .357 Magnum firearms to be loaded with .38 Special, increasing the versatility of these firearms.

There are 13 .357 Magnum firearms than can also accept .38 Special:

Class 1 weapons:

Class 3 weapons:

Barrel length groups

The reference barrel length belongs to the group listed in italics.

Group name Barrel length range Damage multiplier
Short handgun Up to 3.9" 0.75x
Medium handgun 4" - 8" 1.0x
Long handgun 8.1" - 12" 1.5x
Rifle 12.1" and up 1.75x

Retail information

.38 Special ammunition can be purchased in gun shops and weapon shops in boxes of 50 rounds or bulk cans of 1000 rounds.

The following brands and projectile types are available in retail:

Brand name Composition Available projectile types
Standard Reg/SP FMJ (1.0x)
Lead (0.5x)
LSWC (0.8x)
JHP (1.5x)
JSP (1.2x)
LSWCHP (2.0x)
SF (1.2x)
UHS (1.2x)
Reduced Velocity Reg/-P FMJ (0.9x)
Lead (0.45x)
LSWC (0.72x)
JHP (1.35x)
JSP (1.08x)
LSWCHP (1.8x)
Personal Defense Reg/+P FMJ (1.1x)
JHP (1.65x)
JSP (1.32x)
LSWCHP (2.2x)
Pocket Dragon Reg/+P+ FMJ (1.2x)
JHP (1.8x)
JSP (1.44x)

The multipliers listed correspond to the value multipliers to cost of ammunition provided by powder type, pressure level, and projectile type. They are included on this table as a convenience, in order to tell at a glance the cost of a given brand and projectile combination.

Maze Customs

Availability of .38 Special as a Customs family chambering:
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