11 Best 38 Revolvers For Sale – April 2021

Taurus Protector 38 Special

Th3 38 Special is still a mainstay of the personal defense world and there’s a lot to be said for a simple, straightforward .38 Revolver. So what are the best revolvers for sale in 2021?


Here are our picks.


The Smith & Wesson Model 638 Airweight is a legend of a concealed carry pistol. Buy yours online today!

1. Smith & Wesson Model 638

  • Price: $494.99
  • Barrel Length: 1.875 inch
  • Overall Length: 6.31 inch
  • Weight Empty: 0.94lb
  • Capacity: 5

The Smith and Wesson Model 638 is one of the best-selling double-action revolvers of all time for a reason. It is perfect for concealed carry because the hammer is shrouded which means it can’t get snagged on clothing.

It is still a valid option for personal defense and arguably should be the first port of call for new shooters. Simple, basic and almost infallible, the snubnose S&W 38 Special revolver is about as accessible as guns get.

The Model 638 is what Smith and Wesson calls an Airweight, a group of extremely lightweight J-Frame revolvers, or small frame revolvers. At under 1 lb, the Model 638 is one of the lightest carry guns that you can find.  The shrouded hammer is still able to be cocked, which means you can operate the Model 638 in single action or double action revolver mode.  For carry revolvers, that’s a selling point, or not…

The Colt Cobra 38 Special revolver. The legend is back. Buy yours online now at the USA Gun Shop.

2. Colt Cobra

  • Price: $999.99
  • Barrel Length: 2 inch
  • Overall Length: 7.25 inch
  • Weight: 1.5lb
  • Capacity: 6 rounds

The Colt features an all stainless steel body with rubber grips. It has a two-inch barrel and an exposed hammer. Both of these are conscious choices that give you options, but also come at a cost when it comes to concealability.

The exposed hammer allows for a short trigger squeeze in single-action, or a long trigger pull in double-action mode for safe carrying. Because of its added weight, the recoil felt is minimal. The Colt Cobra is one of the most shootable concealed carry revolvers on the market. It is large enough to hold comfortably, yet small enough to conceal easily.

The Cobra also holds six rounds, while most of the other 38 Special revolver options for concealed carry holsters only hold five. One round might not sound like a lot, but when it really matters then, well, it’s a lot.

For more great pistols, revolvers, 1911s and well everything, check this post of the best Colt handguns for sale and some great Colt semi auto pistols.


Charter Arms Undercover 38sp revolver for sale. Get the best prices and find guns for sale online now at your favorite USA gunbroker.

3. Charter Arms Undercover

  • Price: $500+
  • Barrel: 2 inch
  • Total Length: 6 inch
  • Weight: 1lb
  • Capacity: 5

Charter Arms made its name known in the firearm industry by producing the Undercover, a popular backup gun for police officers. That same gun lives on today, a .38 revolver with a 2-inch barrel that weighs in at just 1 lb.

The Charter Arms Undercover is a great combination of size, weight, and stopping power. It is also one of the least expensive guns on the list, coming in at under $400.  It might not be the most stylish, but the Charter Arms Undercover is a solid performer based on age-old technology and it does get a matte stainless finish.

Smith and Wesson Model 10 revolver for sale. Get your .38 revolver here at the best gun store in America.

4. Smith & Wesson Model 10

  • Price: $500+
  • Barrel: 4 inch
  • Total Length: 8.9 inch
  • Weight: 2.15lb
  • Capacity: 6

The Smith and Wesson Model 10 is the classic police revolver and arguably the stand out long range shooter here.

Before semi-automatic pistols became popular in the 1990s, nearly every law enforcement officer in the United States carried a Model 10 on their hip. It has the classic 38 Special revolver styling with a blued steel finish and wooden grips.

With a 4 inch barrel and 34.4 oz, this is not a concealed carry revolver. If you’re interested in law enforcement history, however, this item is a collector’s piece. 

The Ruger LCR is one of the greatest pistols of all time. Get your 38 special Ruger LCR today and buy guns online.

5. Ruger LCR

  • Price: $631.99
  • Barrel: 1.87 inch
  • Total Length: 6.5 inch
  • Weight: 0.84lb
  • Capacity: 5

The Ruger LCR has a true internal hammer and therefore is a double-action revolver only. Because the hammer is internal, the LCR Ruger makes an excellent CCW revolver and it almost redefines the term small frame revolver.

At just 13.5 oz, the LCR Ruger also comes in as the lightest revolvers for concealed carry gun in this review.

The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38 special revolver combined with a Crimson Trace laser sight is the best way not to miss.

6. Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .38 w/ Crimson Trace Laser 

  • Price: $514.99
  • Barrel: 1.875 inch
  • Total Length: 6.6 inch
  • Weight: 0.84lb
  • Capacity: 5

The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard comes with something no other revolver in this review comes with; a Crimson Trace laser.

The laser makes this carry gun great for new shooters, or anyone who wants to feel a little better about their aim. At just 6.6 inches with a barrel under 2 inches, the Smith and Wesson Bodyguard makes a great concealed carry 38 Special revolver.

Taurus 605 for sale. A great 38 revolver that provides cost conscious personal defense. Get yours today.

7. Taurus 605

  • Price: $514.99
  • Barrel: 2 inch
  • Total Length: 6.5 inch
  • Weight: 1.5lb
  • Capacity: 5

The Taurus 605 is a good-looking gun with a real USP: You can shoot 357 Magnum with this little beast too..

It has a blackened metal alloy finish and a steel barrel. It measured 6.5” in overall length and weighs 24 oz, which makes it a good carry pistol.

The Taurus 605 also has a feature that many people will find interesting. It’s dual-chambered, meaning it has the ability to shoot .357 Magnum as well as .38 Special. The diameter of the bullets are the same, so .357 will fit into any .38 Special.

Some guns aren’t built solidly enough to handle the extra energy created by the powerful magnum cartridge. But that’s not a problem for the Taurus.  Long range accuracy and felt recoil, though, are different matters….

The Ruger Redhawk is a great double action revolver with 8 rounds that can handle 357 Magnum, as well as 38 Special.

8. Ruger Redhawk

  • Price: $373.99
  • Barrel: 4.2 inch
  • Total Length: 9.5 inch
  • Weight: 3.06lb
  • Capacity: 8

The Ruger Redhawk is certainly not one of the best revolvers for concealed carry. It’s much too heavy to be easily concealed. The Ruger Redhawk does fit the bill for an excellent home defense revolver, as well as a fun range gun with considerable long range skills.

I’ve even known people to carry the Redhawk on big game hunting trips as an emergency backup gun.  This double action revolver is nothing if not versatile.

Its 8 round capacity is the largest in this review because the Redhawk is the largest gun in the review. That’s close to semi-automatic pistol capacity from a double action revolver.

The Super Redhawk is the single action alternative, if you’re curious. The Super Redhawk features heavily on our other lists, including our favorite 44 Magnum pistols and our collection of the world’s most powerful handguns.

At over 3 lbs you will barely feel any recoil shooting .38 Special. In case you need the Redhawk to stop some large game animals, it can also shoot .357 Magnum rounds.  Again, it’s a long range special in this company.


Smith & Wesson 340PD for sale. A great gun that can handle 357 Magnum, as well as .380 ammo.

9. Smith & Wesson 340PD

  • Price: $373.99
  • Barrel: 4.2 inch
  • Total Length: 9.5 inch
  • Weight: 3.06lb
  • Capacity: 8

The 340PD is made from a scandium alloy frame, purported to be much stronger than other small frame revolver options. Because of this, they can chamber their J-Frame revolver for much more powerful calibers such as .357 and .44 Magnums. That makes it one of the more flexible powerful revolvers for CCW.

The .357 version also fires .38 Special. Its dark scandium alloy finish juxtaposes well with the stainless steel cylinder. The scandium alloy finish also makes the gun incredibly light, just 11.3 oz.  It’s a custom shop handgun, too, and everything from the hammer to the cylinder release is polished or coated.

Of course you can come screaming up to date with the Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard, which is the magazine-fed option. The Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard does make the list of the best concealed carry firearms for sale, obviously, but then the M&P Bodyguard is not a 38 Special revolver, as you may have noticed. So it can’t win here…


Taurus 85 Ultralite. A dual caliber self defense pistol that is perfect for CCW or fun at the range.

10. Taurus 85 Ultralite

  • Price: $219.99
  • Barrel: 2 inch
  • Total Length: 6.5 inch
  • Weight: 0.84lb
  • Capacity: 5

The Taurus 85 is probably the best-selling revolver not made by S&W. Their most recent offering, the Taurus Model 85 Ultralite, comes in at just 13.5 oz, making it a great gun to carry every day. We especially like the non slip rubber grips.


The Taurus 85 is the most affordable gun in this review, and this Taurus model is a great concealed carry revolver if you’re on a budget.  In fact this matte black stainless option is a great CCW revolver, period.


11 Best 38 Revolvers For Sale – April 2021

11. Rock Island Armory M206


  • Price: $353.99
  • Barrel: 2 inch
  • Total Length: 6.5 inch
  • Weight: 1.5lb
  • Capacity: 5

Rock Island Armory has a reputation for producing a solid and affordable firearms especially it’s semi autos that include double stack 9mm 1911s now.


Essentially the matte black stainless M206 is a tribute to the classic police revolver. There’s nothing particularly innovative, but it is a durable little gun that is meant for daily carry.


11 Best 38 Revolvers For Sale – April 2021

12. Ruger GP100

  • Price: $353.99
  • Barrel: 4-6 inch
  • Total Length: 6.5 inch
  • Weight: 1.5lb
  • Capacity: 5

The 38 Special Only Ruger GP100 was a thing for a while, but most people now like the dual caliber 357 Magnum option that also shoots the lighter ammo.

So check out this selection of revolvers that are specialist long range shooters, competition pistols and more in the right hands. It could also be a great all round gun for range plinking and home defense.

The fiber optic front sight with adjustable rear sight is an obvious nod to competition, but you can use it too.


What Else is There For You To Buy Online?

What are the options if you’re looking for a smaller caliber handgun? The Taurus Judge and Smith & Wesson Goivernor are both viable options, but we’re not massive fans and both brands are well covered here. The Taurus Judge, though, is a popular gun and a great option.

There are plenty of Semi Automatic pistols, revolvers and more, aside from the Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard. I mean 9mm is the obvious choice, with the likes of the Sig Sauer P365 and Springfield Armory Hellcat leading the charge and occupying ever smaller carry holsters.

Micro Compact 9mms Are Seriously Good

Those Micro Compact 9mm semi auto pistols have seriously impinged on the 380 ACP Auto class, as well as these revolvers. But that’s simply progress, when you think about it.

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