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Old 09-25-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default What's a good .380 Pistol to buy?

I use to have a .380 like 12 years ago, and I liked it, for it's size, and carry Guns changed since that time, what's a great .380 pistol out there? I'm liking the Colt .380. Opinions ?

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Old 09-25-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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I have a Sig P238 and love it. Great little gun. It is slightly heavier than the Ruger LCP and I liked that feel in my hand. It also has an external safety which I liked, too. Take a look at one next time you're at the gun shop.

I don't know anything about the Colt .380 but I do know that Colt makes very reliable guns.

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I have a Sig P238 and love it. Great little gun. It is slightly heavier than the LCP and I liked that feel in my hand. It also has an external safety which I liked, too. Take a look at one next time you're at the gun shop.
Yea I overlooked that one.
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I own a LCP w CT Laser. With all the "strange reports" about HPs failing to open up or penetrate, perhaps ammo w be a better choice for a debate.

According to G&A - 380s need approx 950 fps in order to open up reliably. This is at the edge of 380 performance in a mouse gun. People are going back to FMJ ammo despite the inherent liability of over penetration.

A park ranger got a call - some tourist shot a black bear 5X w a 380 FMJ. They assumed they had a wounded bear roaming the park so they prepared for the worst and began to look for him. He was found a short time later, dead.

LCP - love to carry, reliable, but not fun to shoot. Love the Sig but who wants to have a Mouse gun locked n cocked in their pocket? (Condition One)

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There are 4 I would recommend looking at, Ruger LCP, SIG Sauer P238, S&W Bodyguard and Colt Mustang.

I've got the SIG and have no problem with it cocked and locked in a pocket holster.

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That Sig is a beauty. Personally I have owned my Beretta 84 for 20 years, NEVER HAD ONE PROBLEM WITH IT. it's an FS so it has a 13+1 capacity, feels great in my average sized hands and looks bad ass, after all its a Beretta 92's little brother. Some may says its a but big for CC. needless to say I disagree.

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Also the Bersa Thunder ... I forgot that one. So 5 .380's you should check out.

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Bersa Thunder 380 is a good gun, use it for my carry gun too. Bersa also offers a Thunder 380 CC designed for conceal carry.

And you can't complain about the price.

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That Sig is a beauty. Personally I have owned my Beretta 84 for 20 years, NEVER HAD ONE PROBLEM WITH IT. it's an FS so it has a 13+1 capacity, feels great in my average sized hands and looks bad ass, after all its a Beretta 92's little brother. Some may says its a but big for CC. needless to say I disagree.
It's bigger than an LCP, about the same size as the the Bersa, maybe a bit bigger, and it's DA/SA with a manual safety/decocker as well. IMHO a great CC weapon. You can't stick it in your pocket or on your ankle, but I've worn it in the small of my back and in a shoulder holster and it's well balanced for that...
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I dumped my P3AT and it is about the same as the LCP which I have fired. The Bodyguard is in the same league. I carry the P238 with a 7 round mag and love it. It is fun to shoot as opposed to the others I listed.

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