Load data for caliber ".38 S&W (Colt N.P.)"The .38 S&W, also known as the .38 Colt New Police, is a revolver cartridge that was introduced in 1877 by Smith & Wesson. It was designed for use in small frame revolvers and was used by law enforcement agencies in the United States and other countries in the early 20th century.
The .38 S&W cartridge has a bullet diameter of .361 inches and a case length of .775 inches. It has a relatively low velocity of around 700 feet per second and a relatively low muzzle energy, making it suitable mainly for short-range self-defense applications.
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Technical Specifications (based on the respective safety standard - see more details in tab 'Datasheet' if available)
|Caliber:||.38 S&W (Colt N.P.)|
|Bullet Diameter:||0.360 '' | 9.14 mm|
|Primer Size:||Small Pistol (SP)|
|Max. Case Length (l3):||0.78'' | 19.68 mm|
|Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:||1.24'' | 31.5 mm|
|Maximum Standardized Pressure:||17404.8 psi | 1200 bar|
The Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives ("Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms" – commonly abbreviated as C.I.P.) is an international organisation which sets standards for safety testing of firearms. (The word portatives ("portable") in the name refers to the fact the C.I.P. tests small arms almost exclusively; it is ordinarily omitted from the English translation of the name.) As of 2015, its members are the national governments of 14 countries, of which 11 are European Union member states. The C.I.P. safeguards that all firearms and ammunition sold to civilian purchasers in member states are safe for the users.
To achieve this, all such firearms are first proof tested at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses. The same applies for cartridges; at regular intervals, cartridges are tested against the C.I.P. pressure specifications at the ammunition manufacturing plants and at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses.
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