.380 advice

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by medic6882, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. medic6882

    medic6882 New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I was just trying to get some advice. I have a 9 mm now and was thinking of picking up another handgun. My question is .380 or .45 , and does anyone make a larger .380 ? Would like to stay under $600 if possible. Thanks for any help you can give
     
  2. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    I believe the 380 is sister to a 9mm. I'd go instead with a 45. I have both, 380 & 45. Love 'em!
     

  3. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a LCP for a super small pocket carry. Love and hate it :)

    SWMBO loves her Bersa .380
     
  4. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    The only larger .380 I know of is the B9R that is a Hungarian made Browning Hi-Power clone. They can be had for under $300.
     
  5. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    I just remembered that Bersa makes a double stack version of their Thunder .380 so that's on the larger side as well.
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    .380ACP is not the round or firearm I would want for IDPA or USPSA competition.
    Some .380's would not work good for 200 yard silhouette shooting.
    It may work for the "Centerfire" portion of Bulls-eye shooting.
    .380 may not be the best choice against a 150# wild pig.

    So, what were you going to do with the caliber you select?
     
  7. stl_boy32

    stl_boy32 New Member

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    I have a .380 ACP Kel Tec p3AT its a awsome gun ..when it'll eject the spent caseing
     
  8. Ranger-6

    Ranger-6 New Member

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    I picked up a brand-new Hi Point 380 CF for $139.00.
    This gun is on a large frame and it shoot fine.
     
  9. kycol

    kycol New Member

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    Oh no! Let the bashing begin.

    Not from me I have 3 of them and like them just fine. No problems with any of them
     
  10. stl_boy32

    stl_boy32 New Member

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    The sig feels like a 1911 to me..digging the sig p238 and the kahr p380 is nice to
     
  11. armed1212

    armed1212 New Member

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    I have an lcp works great no real problems besides the long trigger , now my wife has sig p238 now thats a top of the line pocket carry gun. the bersa is also a good gun. My sister has 1 n it a breeze to shoot. Jus a lil big for pockey carry
     
  12. stl_boy32

    stl_boy32 New Member

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    Well my kel tec p3 is givein me probs so I wanna find something else..I like the sig
     
  13. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Why a larger frame 380acp? That sort of defeats the purpose in my mind. I guess it would be pretty soft shooting though. In that case, a used Sig P230 is going to give you the best quality for your dollar. They're easy enough to find for $400 or so, and are very well made guns.

    But I'd say go with a 45acp. Basic 1911s, a myriad of polymers, and used Sig P220's can all be found within your budget. In most cases, they're all safe bets to perform tirelessly.
     
  14. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Medic,

    Unless I am missing something here! You want a larger framed 380 ? Just some thoughts. In most cases the 380 is carried due to the fact the larger frame pistols are harder to conceal in the hot summer months with very light clothing. I like my little Kahr P-380 but that is the only reason I carry it. As soon as it gets a little cooler and I can wear heavier clothing. You can bet the 1911 45cal. or the Glock Model 27 40 Cal. goes along. Although the 380 will certainly take care of most incidents, I sure feel better with the larger calibers most of the other parts of the year. I carry the Kahr P-380 in a pocket holster of ankle holster in the summer. The 1911 and the 27 40 cal. inside the pants belt or sometimes the 40 cal also in an ankle holster at special occasions when just wearing dress or casual shirt and pants without a jacket or sweater. My point, if you are looking at a larger framed pistol I would definitely go with the 45 cal or something for sure larger than a 380.

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  15. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I dumped my P3AT and got a Sig P238. World of difference. The Sig is a pleasure to shoot and accurate. I now have the 7 round mags for it which makes it even better. Still fits in a pocket.
     
  16. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    Sig p238 but I dont think your going to be under 600 . Ever considered a .357 sig?

    A stainless walther ppk/s is a decent size all metal and .380 that might be a good choice.

    Is this for carry or just range duty?
     
  17. medic6882

    medic6882 New Member

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    Thank you for your in put. I have a compact 9mm and was looking for my next gun and didn't know If I should go .380 or .45. I am a large man but I carry in a fanny pack holster so I think I'll be going with the .45 because I really feel more comfortable holding a full sized gun. So I guess now my search for a new .45 begins. Thank you everyone for your advice.
     
  18. stl_boy32

    stl_boy32 New Member

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    Try a 1911 I have one and its a dream..a llil heavy but what 45 aint