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rone813 12-03-2011 02:30 PM

.380 thoughts on the weapon
 
I just bought a .380 and i just want to hear others thoughts good and bad on the weapon. No matter the make

PanBaccha 12-03-2011 02:36 PM

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They're good for close-encounters, as in a mugging or life-threatening
scenario up close. I have a Rugers LCP 380 bought as a back-up but
been using as a primary because of its compact and light-weight status.

dragunovsks 12-03-2011 03:26 PM

I got a bersa thunder .380, bought it to use as a back up and or primary for when its too hot and uncomfortable to conceal my 1911. It fits perfectly in the overhead bin in my f150. They are very easy to conceal, it will fit in my pants pocket. They are great for closs encounters.

dragunovsks 12-03-2011 03:27 PM

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I got a bersa thunder .380, bought it to use as a back up and or primary for when its too hot and uncomfortable to conceal my 1911. It fits perfectly in the overhead bin in my f150. They are very easy to conceal, it will fit in my pants pocket. They are great for closs encounters.

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danf_fl 12-03-2011 03:56 PM

First, welcome to the forum. We have an "Introductions" area where it would be nice if you said "Hi" there.

Second, .380 ACP is a caliber, not a weapon. Now if you want an opinion on brand "X" pistol, then ask the specific question.

Third, would you get rid of the handgun if our opinion was not favorable? If not, then why ask our opinion?

cswann1 12-03-2011 04:02 PM

A .380 is better than nothing. Which is why I think it falls into the cc or backup role. But personally, I think if someone employed a little creativity with clothing you could cc just about anything. If I were going to carry a handgun on my ankle, it'd probably be a .380. Other than that, the 9mm is the smallest caliber I'd use for sd.

Patch Delta 12-03-2011 05:15 PM

Everyone is concerned about caliber. Yes it is important. But a miss with a .45 is still a miss. If caliber is so important than you wouldn't mind if I shot at you with a .22. Just stand over by the wall.
P.S. doesn't matter if the bullet is traveling at 700 fps or 1300fps...you can't out run it.

cswann1 12-03-2011 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Patch Delta (Post 642494)
P.S. doesn't matter if the bullet is traveling at 700 fps or 1300fps...you can't out run it.

I disagree. A t-shirt, shirt and a leather jacket absorbs a lot of energy. The velocity difference you mention could be the difference in a life threatening situation. But you are of course right about accuracy. It's far more important to make whatever bullets you have the misfortune of having to fire count.

HOSSFLY 12-03-2011 11:34 PM

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Originally Posted by rone813 (Post 642403)
I just bought a .380 and i just want to hear others thoughts good and bad on the weapon. No matter the make

The 380 will do the job if the bullet is placed right-
BTW- The make DOES make a difference- Its got to go bang & hit what you aim at :rolleyes:

trip286 12-03-2011 11:50 PM

I don't have a .380, nor do I really plan on buying one, but it's not because I don't like them, I just that I like other guns/platforms/calibers better.

As I read on this forum once upon a time "it's better than a pointy stick"

I don't care if it's a .22, it's still better than a pointy stick. It serves it's purpose.

How many .380's are out there in a full sized target platform? Personally, I haven't seen a single one. Not going to say they don't exist because our forum members amaze me every day with some of the things they find.

A .380, and almost every gun chambered in that caliber, is meant for very deep concealment. Almost suitable for concealing where the sun don't shine. Just almost though. That is what the guns in that chambering are meant for.

There are some very small 9mils, and even downright tiny .22s, but the .380 has it's purpose, it's followers, and it's naysayers. It will still put a mugger down, and if not, hopefully it will still scare one off. If a mugger is scared off by the loud bang coming out of the pistol, it's still a winning situation.

I really don't think that an attacker will have so much fight left in them if someone empties a 5-7 round mag of .380 into their gut or chest, even if only 3 of those shots actually hit their mark. I think we can all agree that none of us is going to volunteer to find out.


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