Ed Brown: .38 Super Is Back

Ed Brown Alpha

Ed Brown Products announced the return of the .38 Super cartridge to the company’s line up starting immediately. According to the company limited edition runs of guns chambered for the .38 Super cartridge have been “wildly popular,” and the company made the decision to bring the cartridge back to the company’s stable of normal options.

Ed Brown Products states that any of the company’s Government and Commander guns can be configured for the cartridge with two caveats. First, threaded barrels are not currently an option for .38 Super. Second, only stainless steel slides will be able to be used on these pistols. All of the company’s other options are available on these guns.

In addition to the re-introduction of the .38 Super, the company is now offering a new Gen4 color combination. The new colors are available on all of the company’s Alpha series 1911 style pistols. The combination uses a flat dark earth finish on the frame while olive drab green is used on other parts including the slide, trigger, bushing, hammer and thumb safety. Matching Gator Back Green Back Linen grip panels from VZ Grips are used to finish out the look.

The above photo shows the finish on the company’s Alpha Elite Light Rail. The finish and grips is a $295 option.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • BattleshipGrey

    My LGS owner swears by .38 super. Maybe I’ll talk him into letting me try it out sometime.

    • Bryan

      Pete California will be the first state to go marshal law. All do to the worthless liberals u have living there and it ain’t going to get any better. The best thing for that state is to have it fall into the ocean butt it my leave a big oil slick.

  • Red McCloud

    Best thing IMO about .38 Super: it’s just the original version of .38 ACP. If you reload, you can easily make .38 ACP ammo to shoot through your old Colts with .38 Super casings because they are literally the same cartridge, it’s just that .38 ACP is downloaded because it would break early fragile Colt pistols, and .38 Super is just .38 ACP but with the original powder load.

  • FrenchKiss

    Not Kommiefornia legal. I hate this craphole.

    • DrewN

      No new handguns for Cali in the forseeable future either. Better get your C&R if you’re stuck here.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Does California have a new law on handguns that I’m not aware of?

        I’m from free America so I’ve probably lapsed on gun laws over there

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          It’s our “safe handgun” roster law. Been around since 2000.

          Basically, CA deems all handguns “unsafe” and to be seen as “not unsafe” have to pass a test and include certain features.

          They have amended the law several times over the last 15 years to include more and more restrictive “safety features” like magazine disconnects, loaded chamber indicators and micro-stamping. So for example, no new 1911’s will ever be able to be sold in CA. Ever. Because the design doesn’t even make provisions for a mag disconnect.

          Even worse, recently the DOJ made a ruling change that stated that a manufacturer that changes so much as a supplier for a small part (say a trigger return spring, made by an OEM), even if the new part is identical in spec and material, creates a “new model” and must be re-tested. Oh, BTW, if that “new model” doesn’t have the required safety features, even if it’s been on the roster for YEARS, will not even be able to get tested and therefore falls off the roster. CA did this to both Ruger and S&W, and because of that almost no semi-auto handguns are available in the state from those two manufacturers.

          Eventually, we will only be able to buy revolvers here.

      • FrenchKiss

        What happens when the roster has ZERO handguns? Will it be considered unconstitutional then?

        • Roy G Bunting

          Revolvers will be on the roster for the foreseeable future. And that may be the intended end-game.

          Easy fix, apply the roster to police officers and departments. I mean if any other gun is unsafe, it’s a matter of officer safety! 🙂

          In fact, apply all “Gun control” laws equally to police officers and departments. If it’s too dangerous for someone with a clean background check, it’s too dangerous for the police.

          • FrenchKiss

            Unfortunately that will never happen. The leftists in Kommiefornia all believe that the police should get any tool they want and that ONLY the police should be armed. That’s why leftists love police states.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          Revolvers will pretty much always be able to be on the roster.

          What will happen is that the 9th circuit and the SCOTUS will likely affirm that ANY availability of a firearm, even if it’s one single .22lr revolver, satisfies the core 2nd amendment right and that no violation is happening.

          The courts are simply no friend to the 2A. They’ve illustrated this over and over again.

  • WPZ

    It’s hard not to want to think about carrying the .38 Super Commander I stumbled across a few years ago, even though I seem to have “.45” embedded in nearly all my circuits.
    It holds eleven, which is notably more than nine, Corbon DPX loads. These 125 grain bullets actually clock 1250fps out of the old Commander barrel, and close to 1300fps in the lone .38 Government Model here.This sets it a full click above almost all 9×19 personal protection ammunition.
    It’s probably better-shooting in terms of speed to the followup shots for me- the second and third rounds often come closer to the first hit when running full speed.
    Being a reloader means that once a cache of Super brass is accumulated, it’s actually less expensive to shoot than .45. And, since USPSA Open Division shooters are abandoning their .38s for 9 Major, a good amount of (abused) brass is available on the market.
    Of course, since the round was specifically designed for the 1911 platform, it runs perfectly, and certainly far better than 9×19 ever could.
    Neither of my .38 Supers have ever, ever stopped, even with crummy reloads.
    Furthermore, when the Missus decided to have a go at USPSA Single Stack Minor she had her sponsor build her a pair of .38 Supers, one out of her old IDPA 9mm Springer Loaded and another built off a new Range Officer slide/frame combination.
    The newer one is a work of art beyond comprehension, but as an every-Sunday morning competition gun, it was flawless: no stoppages ever, in many tens of thousands of rounds of practice and full-on USPSA shooting (she finished fifth or sixth Lady at the Single Stack Classic Nationals last time she shot it; she went back to .40 Major after two seasons, a whole different story.)
    I swear, a good 1911 in .38 Super actually feels happier, smoother, and more balanced than any other caliber in the platform.
    Close to sacrilege for a .45 shooter to say. Dang that Super.

    • Evil_Bonsai

      You had me at “it goes to 11.”

  • datimes

    These guns were very popular with the gangsters of the 1930’s.

    • Old Vet

      Caliber of choice in Mexico many years ago.

  • Anonymoose

    It really bugs me when people say they want a 9mm 1911. 9mm is too short for the 1911 action, just like .308 in a long-action rifle. .38 Super fills up the extra length of the action and grip, and gives vastly better performance. if nothing else, just putting a 9mm barrel and mag in a .38 Super gun works for ammo availability.

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    The 38 Super never left as far as I’m concerned. 39 Super is why I don’t own a 40.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Wow I didn’t know anything about the handgun roster, I was more familiar with long gun laws behind enemy lines.

    That roster law is insane

  • felix

    Damn glad this is back, when my dad ran off the sumbich stole my colt gvt and probably pawned it for pennies

    • Old Vet

      Sounds like my oldest son…..and they frown on you doing harm to them, so you are just screwed…

  • Hoplopfheil

    (50 years later)
    No seriously guys, 9mm is back!

  • John

    Just make sure these ones don’t end up in the cartel arsenals, ok?

  • Old Gringo

    I built my first 1911 38 super from parts mostly inherited and scrounged from online. Just a project. It does have a Colt 9mm conversion upper from 40-50 years ago but most other parts are entry level. Took two cheapo springs to get the trigger to exactly 4.5 pounds. It is glossy blue slide, dull Armscor frame, and all mechanicals and stainless. Looks exactly like the $2,500 scorpian from from a top dealer. Now it shoots 2 inch and less groups with everything and recoil is nill. It shoots like the article says from 1,250-1,300 and has NEVER had a failure. I carried 1911 45s for a living in the Army, Air Force (yes special unit), and as a local police officer….so yes 45 is ingrained in my DNA. I even have 2 single actions that take 45 acp. But as this article says, it is a wonderful carry gun. If you look at energy tables it rivals 357 mag with 4 inch barrels. And that 10+1 rounds of ammo make it legal in all those states with 10 round mag limits….whats not to like.

    • itsmefool

      Cool; will ya make one for me?

      • Old Gringo

        Actually, it looks like the $2,500 Les Bauer Stinger, not scorpian, my bad. Except all my external parts are stainless. And no I wont make one for ya…I am just an old gun tinkerer…I do love the Super, totally better than 45 which I love also….did I mention I also built on in 400 Corbon? It shoots 165 grain bullets at 1,361 fps, about 650 foot pounds…

  • Old Vet

    It’s always been my first option in 1911’s after the .45.

  • Jason

    Does this mean the next Glock will be a 38 Super? 🙂

  • Pistolero

    I wonder why it has to have the stainless slide?