The ongoing debate "is the .38 special enough, is the .380 enough" gets me to thinking about what people used in the past. I would say that turn back the clock 100 years and you'll find the "carry gun" of that era was a small five shot revolver in .32 or .38 S&W. Names like Iver Johnson, Hopkins & Allen, H&R, Forendhand & Wadsworth far out numbered the more expensive but similar size Smith & Wessons. Lots of early auto postols were also .25s and .32s. The number of these "Saturday Night Specials" produced would seem to indicate that most people felt they were adequate for their purpose. Even most police agencies felt the .32s and short .38s were enough. We all think of Wild Bill Hickock strutting around with a brace of Navy Colts but in truth he seldom made a display of weapons at all, he often carried only a small single shot derringer in each coat pocket and when he did use a Colt the ballistics were about like a .380 auto. A .22 short or a .25 auto in the brain or heart will take the fight out of anyone pretty durn quick so hows come we all need magnums today?