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dr_psych 04-21-2013 12:24 PM

Taurus, Cobra, and Jimenez 380's. worth Considering?
The Ruger 380 I was looking at is $399 because it comes with a LaserMax. But...I'm not sure if I want to spend $400 plus tax and FFL fees. So, after some searching I came across these less expensive options. Forums are filled with good and bad reviews of every gun, even the most expensive. Obviously the ones I mentioned in the title might have less of a following and less features, but what are your thoughts on these much less expensive alternatives. I'm looking for a carry gun that won't "break the bank".

Thanks for your input.

marc29th 04-21-2013 12:30 PM

Those cheap guns are horrible! Stay away from them and get the Ruger LCP without the laser they're $310ish.

firemonkey150 04-21-2013 12:31 PM

For what I understand Jimenez is a POS. I've had good experience with Taurus, but not on there .380 line. There customer service worked really well with me when I needed a repair on a 9mm of theres.
Honestly, I think Rugers your best bet. Just get one without a laser. There around 300 without one. Or we'll used to be

marc29th 04-21-2013 12:31 PM

Jimenez keeps getting sued out of business and coming back under new names.

marc29th 04-21-2013 12:32 PM

I missed the Taurus that one I might consider as the 2nd option.

HOSSFLY 04-21-2013 01:35 PM


Originally Posted by marc29th (Post 1221708)
I missed the Taurus that one I might consider as the 2nd option.

Forget the Cobra and Jimenez :(
Shop around for a quality used gun---

velofan 04-26-2013 06:08 PM

I own many firearms including several from each manufacturer. The Jiminez 380 is a lower quality striker fired blow back model that has a pressure fitted and pinned barrel that really needs a little work to feed reliably. Not hard, but more than a fluff and buff. Taurus can be OK if you get a newer one. Watch limp wristing for all of the ultra light 380s. Number 1 cause of feeding problems. Both can be fun but the Ruger is worth saving just a bit longer for.

Olympus 04-26-2013 06:51 PM

Nothing wrong with a Taurus. The others are a little iffy.

Axxe55 04-27-2013 08:35 AM

the Taurus is the best option of the three, the Cobra and the Jiminez are junk. better suited as trotline weights than pistols.

the suggestion of looking or used is a good one. sometimes you can find some really decent pistols for a decent price going used.

TX45 04-27-2013 04:14 PM

I have several Taurus pistols and they've worked great for me. The PT145 is my EDC. I recently bought a couple of 24/7 G2 Standard pistols in .45 and 9mm, I love them too.

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