A few weeks ago I started looking at some small autos in .380 ACP. I even asked you guys for sugestions; here is my original post:
I have been looking for a small auto pistol. Perferably one as small as my Taurus PT-22. I love the size of this gun,
but a 22 is a poor self-defense round and the weapon is not reliable at all. I can't go for twenty rounds before a
jam. I already have a S&W m36 that a often carry but I really want a small auto.
The problem is that I am retired from the NYPD because I was shot in the hand and I have had reconstructive
surgerys to repair my hand. This has made racking a slide difficult and painful. I tried my friend's Kel-tec .380
and the recoil is stout for such a small gun and for a smaller caliber than my .38 special. So I started looking
at .32 acp models. I looked at the Beretta Tomcat because with tip-up pistols I don't have to manipulate
the slide. My son, however, said that it may have the same problems as my Taurus because of the similar
design (no extractor).
He suggested a walther ppk in 380 or .32 acp, or the walther pk-380. I think that is still too large though.
Does anyone have any better suggestions?
I really want it to be small and low recoil. I know that those two groups can be exclusive categories but it is
still what I am looking for, sorry for being difficult, .
After all of the recommendations I tried to scout ranges that had all of the guns. I found
one range that had a Bersa 380
(I figured it was clost to the walther ppk that I was
going to find to test) and a Sig 238
. And I found a different range that had the Kel-tec 32
After I shot them all I really liked the Bersa the best. It was easy to shoot and very accurate.
I told my son that this was the one I was going to buy.
Well, he surprised me yesterday with this:
I may be a former Police officer but I am a woman and like my guns to be pretty (my son knows
that) I have a pink Sig and my S&W m36 has pink hogue grips. He said that when he saw this,
he knew it was for me. This gun is great. It is a little larger than what I was looking for but the
extra weight was appreciated. The weapon hurt alot less than the other small polymer models I
tested. Again thanks for the help everyone.
Here are some groups at 25 yards: