While I’m not going to fight over the advantages of the .45 ACP as a defensive cartridge, I will put the gloves on when it comes to another favorite of mine: the .38 Super. More powerful than the 9mm Luger and easier to shoot than the famous .45, even though it is sandwiched between the two, the Super offers many shooters the benefits of both.
Introduced by Colt in 1929, it was very impressive in the cartridge world because it had no problem reaching 1,300 fps at the muzzle. Some 83 years later the .38 Super is still with us, albeit pushed aside by some of the more modern cartridges. But nevertheless it has its followers–particularly among the competition set–and several gun companies are still chambering it.