Nobody here likes .38 spl.?
On March 8, 1995, while having lunch in a restaurant across from a county courthouse in East Tennessee, I first laid eyes on the lady who is now my wife. She was about to try a case in the courthouse and I was there to file an oil and gas lease. I was just passing through Tennessee working on a joint venture with Chevron while waiting for a certain government to change back in Africa where I had left hurriedly "for reasons of health" following a military coup, abandoning a lot of unfinished business on the ground. In any event, upon seeing the lady in question I promptly stalled, crashed, and burned, and then began a year-long hot pursuit that resulted in my becoming a Tennessean in 1996 after she had finally agreed to marry me.
With my new domicile established, I promptly applied for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit. The course required qualification with some suitable handgun. On the day of the qualification, I looked through the possibilities in the gun safe and pulled out a Smith & Wesson Model 36 3" .38 Special. Even though I tend to favor a semi-automatic handgun, I seem to recall reminding myself at the time of the old "KISS" maxim.
One of my step-daughters now has that S&W. However, I still have a supply of .38 Special cartridges because they can be loaded in my IMI Timber Wolf pump carbine chambered for .357 Magnum.
I've always had a healthy respect for the venerable .38 Special. If I were to carry a wheel gun, it would be chambered for that cartridge.