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Old March 25th, 2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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FINALLY A 638

After months of waiting, I finally found a LGS who can get me a 638 humpback. They are on allocation. Will be in on Friday. $451.00 OTD. Finally my 1st wheel gun.
It will look good in my rotation of .40's
I can't wait to try it this weekend.
Updates to follow after range.
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Old March 25th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #2
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Congratulations Ginzo! I look forward to the updates and range visits!
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Old March 26th, 2014, 01:43 PM   #3
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I'm dying and it's only Wednesday afternoon. When I have my paws on it Friday, I can take a breath, I won't be sleeping by Sunday when I get to the range.

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It is one on my list of pistols to get. We have one in the shop that I eyeballed just today.

I just like the idea of having a shrouded hammer to pull back for a great, accurate shot if I need it. That is why I could never warm up to the airweights or the 642, completely hammerless.
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This was my rational after all the advice and research over the last several months. It took me quite a while to get the numbering figured out. (I had help). That doesn't rule out others at a later date.

But I could have picked up a 642 yesterday when I ordered the 638. IT WAS IN THE CASE, but I didn't cave!!!!

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It is one on my list of pistols to get. We have one in the shop that I eyeballed just today.

I just like the idea of having a shrouded hammer to pull back for a great, accurate shot if I need it. That is why I could never warm up to the airweights or the 642, completely hammerless.
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I'm dying and it's only Wednesday afternoon. When I have my paws on it Friday, I can take a breath, I won't be sleeping by Sunday when I get to the range.
Congrats guy! I remember you saying awhile back you wanted one I'm glad you got it. Now remember to post pics up of your collection with the new arrival.
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Congrats!

Agreed, we need pics
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I've got an old model 36 that I bought in the 1960's brand new for $85, and also a 642, I'm a revolver guy from way back, although frankly my 9mm Shield has replaced them for concealed carry. One bit of wisdom I wanted to pass along, if you enjoy shooting revolvers, and I do, go ahead and learn how to shoot them double action, once you get used to it and have practiced, you can shoot a double action every bit as accurately as you can single action. It takes some practice, but I never shoot a revolver single action anymore, except my single action cowboy revolvers of course!

Put in the time to practice double action only shooting, once you get the hang of it, you won't go back.
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Tomorrow is supposed to be delivery day. Cleaning Saturday, range Sunday. Pics Sunday night.

I feel giddy!!!




Thanks for the advice. The double action thing had crossed my mind, so I'm starting out right!

I specifically bought this model for the DA/SA choice, and the humpback for pocket carry. Doesn't mean this will be my last wheel gun either. For a 2nd or 3rd I would consider other hammer types.

I was going to start at 3 yards, then maybe move to 5 if all goes well. Does that sound like a doable plan? With 8" targets, 5 round groups? Then I can track my progress. Obviously, this will be a world of difference than my Auto's. I know to keep my support hand/fingers behind the cylinder and forcing cone!!!!!!

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I've got an old model 36 that I bought in the 1960's brand new for $85, and also a 642, I'm a revolver guy from way back, although frankly my 9mm Shield has replaced them for concealed carry. One bit of wisdom I wanted to pass along, if you enjoy shooting revolvers, and I do, go ahead and learn how to shoot them double action, once you get used to it and have practiced, you can shoot a double action every bit as accurately as you can single action. It takes some practice, but I never shoot a revolver single action anymore, except my single action cowboy revolvers of course!

Put in the time to practice double action only shooting, once you get the hang of it, you won't go back.

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NADA on the Friday delivery, now it SHOULD be early next week. Puts my range and picture time a week behind.

Oh, a box of Hornady Critical Defense is included in the $451.00 OTD price. I found out yesterday when I went by to check on it. I said let me have a box of it while I'm here and the guy says "it's included in the purchase".

What a bonus!!!
I'm still bummed tho, I wanted to fondle it today..........
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IT IS MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 months to find 1, and another month to get it in my hand!!!!!
A 638-3. Range Sunday, then report and after I get a feel for it, I may remove the IL and do an apex trigger job on it.

My .40's are stock as far as trigger and still very happy with them as they are.
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Congrats boss! Enjoy your new toy
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Congratulations Ginzo! Glad you finally got it! I was being to think you got it and were keeping it a .
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Thanks Bill,

How could a proud papa not show off his newest toy? It was a journey to say the least, but before I have run a round through it, I have a story to tell.

It feels great in my hand, now to find a pocket holster, so many choices. And I'm gonna clean it tomorrow but have had mix responses on Hoppe's #9 which is my go to cleaner. I'm open for suggestions. Gonna run to Wally's if the rain lets up and see what is available. I know the old stand by REM oil won't be an issue.

I've heard of possible issues with the ammonia vs. aluminum frame?

F150 guy, range report to follow.
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I've got an old model 36 that I bought in the 1960's brand new for $85, and also a 642, I'm a revolver guy from way back, although frankly my 9mm Shield has replaced them for concealed carry. One bit of wisdom I wanted to pass along, if you enjoy shooting revolvers, and I do, go ahead and learn how to shoot them double action, once you get used to it and have practiced, you can shoot a double action every bit as accurately as you can single action. It takes some practice, but I never shoot a revolver single action anymore, except my single action cowboy revolvers of course!

Put in the time to practice double action only shooting, once you get the hang of it, you won't go back.
Agree 1000%!

I have three snubbies that I shoot for practice, and carry on rare, nostalgic occasions.

Shooting a snubbie DA will make you a better shooter if you're willing to work at it. You'll be able to shoot your autos better, too, and the SA ones'll feel like they've all had trigger jobs.
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