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Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by donray, Feb 15, 2013.
Can some of you guys suggest a nice .380 to carry as a backup ?
I have the Taurus TCP and I love it but my advice is to try to find a couple different ones to shoot and choose what you are comfortable with.
I like my Sig Sauer P238 HD.
What about the Ruger LCP
I use a LCP, cheap and reliable.
The LCP is the one that goes with me almost every time - though I have small revolvers and 9mm's to chose from - all conceal-carry types. Ruger did an excellent job of designing the gun for conceal carry - smooth, no sharp corners, snagging protrusions, etc. That includes miniscule sights, etc. But do you need to aim with sights with a conceal carry piece?? Isn't conceal carry about close up self protection - point and shoot up close - not long distance shot placement.
The LCP has never failed me at the range. Other small semi-autos I've had - have failed - one brand in particular - a lot!! (starts with a "T") The LCP is not a real pleasure to shoot because it is light weight - and that is what you get. But it's not a supposed to be a range gun - it's personal defense - concealed! You've got a gun on you!! That's what counts!
But for you - if you are tuned into 1911's and their safeties and cock-and-lock -- I'd suggest looking at a SIG 238 - a mini 1911. It's nice. Shoots with less kick than the LCP because it is bigger and heavier. ---- But it is bigger and heavier - making it harder to conceal. I cannot back pocket holster carry that gun like the LCP. Just won't conceal right - for me... Wouldn't want to sit on a cocked and locked 191 either - that safety thing - Is it on? Did it get bumped off? Will I remember to switch it off? Will I accidentally forget to switch it on? (Don't get me wrong, I own a Colt Government 1911 - I just don't use it for carry)
But I like the SIG - and have been tempted to buy. But finally figured out that I would not carry it. ----- But I would like to shoot it! Those are two very different things, though.
For me - my back pocket LCP holster goes everywhere. It's ideal! Good long pull double action trigger - very safe. Although it is a semi-auto - and I really prefer the simplicity of revolvers. But revolvers don't conceal like my LCP - even my Smith Airweight or Ruger LCR 38's.
I never had any problems with my Kel-Tec P3AT functioning.
Fobis has a nice little holster for it. The only complaint is that it is not a tack driver at a distance over 100 yards.
Well for the 1911 lover Kimber is bringing out a .380 and then of course there's the new colt mustangs. Also the Sig P238 has a slightly bigger bro with the P938 if you prefer 9mm. Looked at several Sigs today....only downfalls I've noticed/heard is they're heavier than most pocket guns and the thumb safety is rather stiff.
Depending on how you want to carry it, a CZ 82 in 9x18 Mak or a CZ83 in .380 could be a good fit as well. The 82's are available used pretty cheaply and the 83's are out there new or as new, but I don't know if CZ is still manufacturing them or not. Just something different to think about.
All of the micro sized 380's are dependable today ALL OF THEM. Ruger, kt and tuarus wear junk when they first came out. They all have made corrections to fix the problems. Biggest thing to watch for today is ammo and shooter issues. Feed it well and hang on tight. If your looking at a walther PPK pattern pistol look at bersa from there 380CC to the thunder and thunder PLUS pistols.
S&W Bodyguard is what I have. No complaints at all.
I also had a Bodyguard .380 it was a great carry weapon due to small size and lightweight. Only downfall was mine was a earlier model and I had a lot of problems w the laser, I never got it working right even after receiving parts two times from S&W. Laser issue aside it was a well made, well thought out weapon. I upgraded to a XDs and passed the little Smith to a lady friend, if I didn't have such a mans More Power attitude I'd still be carrying it.
Ruger LCP .380 is what I have as a backup. Compact, dependable, & accurate. Use it as a primary at times because of its lightness. But when you shoot it it is lethal and powerful.
If you can find one...