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Ghostin_hits 04-04-2013 09:07 PM

380 for the lady
The lady is looking for a ccw 380. The local range only had a small Taurus to rent in 380 and it might have been the most uncomfortable handgun that she or I have used. She wants one with a heavier frame and a solid spring to reduce the recoil. Any recommendations?

orangello 04-04-2013 09:09 PM

Get her to try a Bersa Thunder in .380acp. It looks a lot like the old 007 James Bond pistol (PPK). It is not one of the tiny plastic pocket pistols. They have a 7 round model, a 9 round model, and a "plus" that holds 15 rounds.

My sister now owns my former 7 round model, but I will be buying a 15 round model at some point. Their flat nickel finish is very nice. Not toooo expensive either.

PanBaccha 04-04-2013 09:12 PM

I have a Ruger LCP .380 for a back-up. In fact, it is so comfortable, compact, and light, I use it more often as my primary in hot climate.

Jagermeister 04-04-2013 09:22 PM

Walther has made the best .380 for many decades. It is more money, but the PPK is easy to shoot and very accurate.

Pasquanel 04-04-2013 09:41 PM

Ruger has just introduced the LC 380 that is the same size as the LC 9 you might want to look at.

kiabe1 04-05-2013 02:13 AM

Sig p238 is nice if u like the feel of a small 1911, or if you want a larger mag capacity the cz 83 is excellent

BeyondTheBox 04-05-2013 04:02 AM

Don't do the LCP, it's a glorified version of the Taurus I'm guessing you've already tried at range (TCP).

The Walther is good, but the Bersa is sane quality at a way better price. I'd do the Bersa were I you.

The Sig P238 is AWESOME, but value wise is second to MANY! Still, it's hard to beat a 1911 in a pocketable package...

I'll reiterate, I'd choose the Bersa Thunder hands down!

Second the Sig.

From there, the Ruger LC380 is okay, but light poly frame and still a pure crap trigger, as all the LC line is.

Wolvee 04-05-2013 04:40 AM

The .380's dated and pointless for the most part with the new wonder9's on the market but if she insists on a .380, the only one I could suggest is the Sig P232. ..Mostly for looks, Honestly.

I don't collect guns to look at them but it certainly is a very good looking pistol. Something women and some men really like. If someone is looking for .380, I imagine it's because they can't handle recoil and the steel or alloy frames soak it up.

Who really wants the 1911 mechanical controls in a sub-compact? You're taking already difficult to master safety manipulations and making them harder & more tedious. p238 would never be an option in my mind.

9x19's I'd suggest. (I've owned all of these except the shield)
S&W Shield
PF9's are hit or miss w/ quality and have a ton of snap even for an experienced shooter.
LC9's (I've had 2, and they both sucked.)

Blazede30 04-05-2013 05:35 AM

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My mom has a FEG Mark II which is a Walther clone... Fully blued and has really nice weight and balance... After sitting in a drawer for 15yrs, I convinced my mom to finally take it for a spin. My wife loved it. It was $250 in '97 and can still be found around the same price. After the 15yrs of never being fired and sitting dry, I prepped it for some fun... Its accurate, fun, packs plenty of punch without much kick. I was truly impressed by its flawless performance after about 150 rounds.

Blazede30 04-05-2013 05:41 AM

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Heres another pic... Breakdown is pretty damn easy, just pull down the trigger guard, pull the slide all the way back and off it comes... Its a double action trigger with smooth and easy trigger pull...

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