380 for the lady

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Ghostin_hits, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. Ghostin_hits

    Ghostin_hits New Member

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    The lady is looking for a ccw 380. The local range only had a small Taurus to rent in 380 and it might have been the most uncomfortable handgun that she or I have used. She wants one with a heavier frame and a solid spring to reduce the recoil. Any recommendations?
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Get her to try a Bersa Thunder in .380acp. It looks a lot like the old 007 James Bond pistol (PPK). It is not one of the tiny plastic pocket pistols. They have a 7 round model, a 9 round model, and a "plus" that holds 15 rounds.

    My sister now owns my former 7 round model, but I will be buying a 15 round model at some point. Their flat nickel finish is very nice. http://www.bersa.com/bersa-firearms/thunder-series.html http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...rsa+7+++1+Round+380+ACP+Pistol+wNickel+Finish Not toooo expensive either.
     
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  3. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    I have a Ruger LCP .380 for a back-up. In fact, it is so comfortable, compact, and light, I use it more often as my primary in hot climate.
     
  4. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    Walther has made the best .380 for many decades. It is more money, but the PPK is easy to shoot and very accurate.
     
  5. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    Ruger has just introduced the LC 380 that is the same size as the LC 9 you might want to look at.
     
  6. kiabe1

    kiabe1 New Member

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    Sig p238 is nice if u like the feel of a small 1911, or if you want a larger mag capacity the cz 83 is excellent
     
  7. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Don't do the LCP, it's a glorified version of the Taurus I'm guessing you've already tried at range (TCP).

    The Walther is good, but the Bersa is sane quality at a way better price. I'd do the Bersa were I you.

    The Sig P238 is AWESOME, but value wise is second to MANY! Still, it's hard to beat a 1911 in a pocketable package...

    I'll reiterate, I'd choose the Bersa Thunder hands down!

    Second the Sig.

    From there, the Ruger LC380 is okay, but light poly frame and still a pure crap trigger, as all the LC line is.
     
  8. Wolvee

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    The .380's dated and pointless for the most part with the new wonder9's on the market but if she insists on a .380, the only one I could suggest is the Sig P232. ..Mostly for looks, Honestly.

    I don't collect guns to look at them but it certainly is a very good looking pistol. Something women and some men really like. If someone is looking for .380, I imagine it's because they can't handle recoil and the steel or alloy frames soak it up.

    Who really wants the 1911 mechanical controls in a sub-compact? You're taking already difficult to master safety manipulations and making them harder & more tedious. p238 would never be an option in my mind.

    9x19's I'd suggest. (I've owned all of these except the shield)
    P2000SK
    P224
    G26
    PPS
    S&W Shield
    PF9's are hit or miss w/ quality and have a ton of snap even for an experienced shooter.
    LC9's (I've had 2, and they both sucked.)
     
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  9. Blazede30

    Blazede30 New Member

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    My mom has a FEG Mark II which is a Walther clone... Fully blued and has really nice weight and balance... After sitting in a drawer for 15yrs, I convinced my mom to finally take it for a spin. My wife loved it. It was $250 in '97 and can still be found around the same price. After the 15yrs of never being fired and sitting dry, I prepped it for some fun... Its accurate, fun, packs plenty of punch without much kick. I was truly impressed by its flawless performance after about 150 rounds.
     

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    Blazede30 New Member

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    Heres another pic... Breakdown is pretty damn easy, just pull down the trigger guard, pull the slide all the way back and off it comes... Its a double action trigger with smooth and easy trigger pull...
     

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  11. Ghostin_hits

    Ghostin_hits New Member

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    I'll see if I can rent a bersa thunder anywhere around here. She loved the feel of the sig 238, also. Thanks for the input.
     
  12. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I have a Sig P238. I knew I wanted that pistol above all the other .380's I tried the minute I held it. It felt so "right".
     
  13. oldcoptn46

    oldcoptn46 Member Supporter

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    My wife has had a Sig P-238 for two years and loves it. Easy to handle, shoot and conceal.
     
  14. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I do love the looks of that pistol, but I don't see many and have never seen an affordable one.
     
  15. bartwatkins

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    Umm - the p238 does not have a grip safety as most 1911's do. It has one thumb safety.
    Please enlighten me with how the 1911-style thumb safety on the p238 is anymore a "difficult to master safety manipulation" than the safety on any other sub-compact (?)