I know that any piece chambered for the archaic .38S&W (not S&W Special) round, is a bit on the edge of modern ballistic recognition, today. However, there were an entire wagon load of handguns chambered for this round from around 1878 until 1986. My primary interst in this cartridge/chambering is in H&R ARMS Co. revolvers. I have a "few" solid frames and hinged frames that I have fired using modern Winchester Super X ammo. There is something very soothing about waiting for the bullet to impact the berm beyond the 100 yard target line. Besides that, the .38S&W, while not of much importance today, in light of all the hgiher performance rounds available, is a NICE historical round, with provenance and dignity. I have a couple H&R revolvers that I will trust with modern .38S&W loadings - They are a real hoot to shoot and always generate a lot of interest at the range. If you get a chance to pick-up a firing condition H&R, IJ, S&W or Colt in .38 NEW POLICE (this is the .38 S&W cartridge with a flat nosed bullet - pride of ownership prevented Colt from using the S&W nomenclature) - buy it and shoot it. History is a wonderful thing.