Interesting history here ryo that involves competion between Colt and Smith and Wesson. On previous cartriges Colt had introduced both the .32 and .38 cartridges, and S&W had countered with improved balistics on both rounds by using larger cases, and keeping the same caliber. The S&W was the prefered in both calibers and of course Colt didn't want to credit S&W so usually used the police prefix to denote a Colt with S&W improved cartridges. eg. I have a couple of .32 Colt revolvers. and these were forruners of the .32 Colt police, which is in .32 S&W. The original army 38 was .38 Colt, and as know by all a dismal failure. While S&W developed what is today the .38 special, (this was at the turn of the century and of course the early days of smokeless powder) Colt developed the .45 ACP that were all so familure with, and concentrated on automatics for government contracts. The 38 special that became the standard 38, is actually .357 in measurment but that was never used until 1935 when S&W came out with the .357 magnumm cartridge they did exactly as ecaman stated, extending the 38 cartridge, and calling it for the first time .357 mag. How the Europeans developed the 9mm and its derivitives, first being the 9mm kurtz, then going the other way and extending the cartridge length also has a facinating history, but thats for a later time, or someone who (hopefully) spells better than your friend greg. One of the interesting things is that while all the bullets will interchange between .38 and 9mm. the 9mm is actaully .355.. I have always speculated why on both sides of the Atlantic calibers of the same dimension were developed, and can only assume that this had to do with the expense of boring and rifling bbls. I have never heard good evidence otherwise. One final note Ryo, as ecaman stated how you deal with your disability is both humbling and impresive. I think were all a little better due to your input, and what ever you deal with, the Lord has blessed you with wisdom and intelect beyond the norm. For that you can be proud.. We are of you!
By: greg az Posted: November 23, 2009