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The round came out in 1929 as the successor to the anemic .38 ACP. Many lawmen carried 1911s in .38 Super in Texas and Oklahoma from the 1930s to the 1960s. In its original load, it pushed a 130 grain bullet (FMJ) at 1300 fps from the five inch barrel of a Gov't Model. This load made it suitable for shooting through such obstacles as car doors. Yet, a fast FMJ zips rights through human flesh. "Stopping Power" is similar to the hot 9mmP when loaded with decent bullets.

Unfortunately, thanks to some crappy pistols imported into the U.S. from Spain, which were chambered for the .38 Super but unable to take its heat, manufacturers begin to downgrade the loads. The current 130 FMJ load from PMC has a velocity of about 1050 fps. The Winchester Silvertip round, 125 grains, works at a more respectable 1250 fps. Several makers load this round, so it is still viable.

When I lived in OK in the 90s, gunshops often had a respectable selection of 1911s in .38 Super because many of the old-timers would still ask for it. As stated, IPSC has kept the round hopping, albeit loaded to "major" (which is only suitable for a custom pistol in this caliber). And, true, our friends South of the Border love it. Although private firearm ownership is now illegal in Mexcio, they are crazy about their guns, especially pistols in .38 Super.
 
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