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Old 06-26-2014, 01:53 AM   #1
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I'm failing to understand the employ of 380 as, well, anything.

With the size of modern 9mm, there's not much more snap or size to a 9 these days.

Is it the width? That's the only measurement I could see making any difference at all...
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:57 AM   #2
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Then again, this coming from the guy carrying a 25.
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.380 is shorter than 9, giving manufacturers the ability to produce smaller more concealable firearms. Some people have the need for such a small, slim firearm, and don't want a .22, or .25, or .32. So they get a .380.
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You can't build a 9mm as small as you can a .380.
The .380 overall length is shorter.
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The Kel Tec 380 weighs 8.3 oz and one can easily conceal it in the pocket of wool slacks that show anything in your pocket. About the only time I wear a suit is to wedding or a funeral. That tells you how often I carry a 380.
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uhh...just because. Sometimes it does not matter really that much why...most of the weapons I own, I own because I like to shoot them and they make me happy to own and operate. I'd like a Walther PPK and it will be a 380 when I get it. I don't need it, I just want it. That is enough for me. I likely won't carry it concealed as like the op said, I will carry my 9mm shield but I will still own a .380 if I want to. I'd really love to get my hands on a Browning.380 one day. Presently, I do not own a .380 but I think that will change in the not too distant future.
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I had a PPK in 380 once. Then I let my Dad shoot it. Now he owns it. Some things are just fun and fit right. It doesn't have to make sense for ballistics and self defense.


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The smallest 380 I know of is the KelTec: 5.2 x 3.5 x 0.8

Rohrbaugh R9: 5.2 x 3.7 x 0.8

Kahr CM9: 5.3 x 4 x 0.9

I can't imagine weight being at all a factor in pocketable guns, I mean come on. Maybe a person's own weight had something to do with it. I don't even need a belt with my pocket guns and they weigh up to 23oz empty.

I guess a big belly pushing down from above might make a difference. Couldn't possibly have thought of that, having zero personal experience. But yeah, okay, validity achieved.

Thanks for the help fellas. So 380 has none for me, hopefully never will. But it could for some, depending on their body dimensions. Huh, what a wild world.
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The smallest 380 I know of is the KelTec: 5.2 x 3.5 x 0.8

Rohrbaugh R9: 5.2 x 3.7 x 0.8

Kahr CM9: 5.3 x 4 x 0.9

I can't imagine weight being at all a factor in pocketable guns, I mean come on. Maybe a person's own weight had something to do with it. I don't even need a belt with my pocket guns and they weigh up to 23oz empty.

I guess a big belly pushing down from above might make a difference. Couldn't possibly have thought of that, having zero personal experience. But yeah, okay, validity achieved.

Thanks for the help fellas. So 380 has none for me, hopefully never will. But it could for some, depending on their body dimensions. Huh, what a wild world.
When I wear my everyday clothes I consider a G19 as a pocket pistol. But there are times a 380 comes in handy. Just like your 25 comes in handy for you. Not saying I don't have a belly but my belly never stops me from concealing a weapon.

In a pinch I have no problems concealing a Blackhawk with a 6" barrel. There are people in this world that are so off the hook you can't carry enough weapons if you are forced to confront them. I am not one to be intimidated.
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A .380 is a much lower pressure round. Most guns in .380 use a fixed barrel, blowback action. A 9mm needs a locked breech (or very heavy slide in the case of the high point) to safely operate.

It is a matter of economics. A .380 can be had for half the price of a comparably sized 9mm.
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