Any suggestions for a concealed carry .380 auto pistol for the wife?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by jhbwolverine, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. jhbwolverine

    jhbwolverine New Member

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    My wife and I will be getting our concealed carry permits soon (as soon as we find out whether we're moving to another state or not) and have been looking into each getting a concealed carry weapon. I haven't even decided what caliber I want yet, but my wife has decided she wants a .380 ACP. She's tried 9mm, .45, and .40, and doesn't like the noise and recoil of any of them, but is much more comfortable firing a .380. So far the only rental gun we've been able to try is a Walther PPKS and neither of us could stand it. We both had at least 2 jams in every single magazine we fired. So I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a concealed carry .380 auto pistol. She plans to carry it in her (fairly large) purse, so it doesn't need to be real tiny.
     
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  2. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    Well I would suggest from my personal experience with a bersa thunder .380. I had mine, shot 200 rounds through it no problems whatsoever. Has one of the smoothest trigger pulls out there. I got rid of it b/c ammo is so expensive. So...I bought a lc9 instead. The ruger lcp is great for ccw but its not a gun you want to shoot a bunch b/c of its small design. The Smith & Wesson bodyguard is another good choice. The bersa is similar to the ppk in looks but I really did love that gun. It has a great weight balance and isn't as snappy as other .380's out there. Plus you can get it in double stack too which is nice. The only complaint I had about it was the magazine safety. Also....IMHO, carrying in a purse is not something I recommend. Too many possible scenarios to not get to the gun in time. Anyways...you'll get a bunch of different suggestions from people on the forum but its ultimately gonna come down to your guys' preferences. And there's my .02
     

  3. RNstanger

    RNstanger New Member

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    I have a Bersa .380 I love it for its all around versatility. Small, accurate, reliable (if you take care of it) and packs enough punch to get the job done. I plan on using it when I take my CHL class cause it's so accurate (Bullseyes all day long) and reliable. I've looked at others such as the Diamondback .380, Ruger LCP and a couple others I can't remember and would go with the Bersa again if I had the choice. My female friend who is a little thing (4'10" and 95lb) loves the Bersa 380cc (concealed carry version) she bought. Like said, I wouldn't have your wife cary in a purse. My wife got mugged one night and what did the guy take? Her purse.
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    im another fan of the bersa thunder 380. they come in 7 round and 15 round versions.

    bersa thunder 380 plus 15+1

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    bersa thunder 380 7+1

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    i havent had any problems with either of em
     
  5. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    The other good thing about the bersa is they're pretty inexpensive. New is gonna run you around $300 at the most for the standard and about $325/$350 for the plus (double stack) Another thing I got for my wife was the kimber pepper blaster. Very easy to conceal and an excellent threat deterrent. Its misery at 12 feet away. 45-60 min incapacitation. My wife carries one in her pocket when she's out. I'd recommend one for anyone for that matter for a nice little backup.
     
  6. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    A friend of mine has both the Bersa and the new Walther PK380. She like them both but much prefers the Walther. She says it seems more accurate, easier to shoot, and it "feels" as if it has less recoil.

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  7. NOVA

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    I am keeping my BodyGuard 380, but if I had to make a choice all over again, I'd look at other guns. My BG is OK, but realistically, I know I will not have time to turn on the laser pointer in a SD situation. Also, typical of guns this size and caliper the BG has a long pull DA trigger. The folks at my LGS agree I need to put more rounds through it and the trigger should smooth out, but right now there is no way I could shoot those tight groups at 10 yards
     
  8. jmbburger

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    I also own the BG. The trigger pull is very typical for this type of weapon. It gets better the more you use it but will never reduce the long DA affect. The laser is also a nice feature and don't mind having to activate it. If you were trained properly your trigger finger is always extended and not on the trigger when drawing the weapon. My finger naturally extends to the lasers activation button so it's not an issue. I own a Crimson grip laser for my M&P and if it's not on, I have to activate it first...to me that is more of a hassle if i forget to activate prior to leaving home.

    As far as what is the best for CCW, it depends on your comfort and experience. If you aren't use to the hard long trigger pull of the 380 it won't be an effective choice. I prefer the M&P compacts in the 9 and 40 calibers.
     
  9. Drriley

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    Regardless of the final pistol choice, PLEASE get a proper holster even if (especially if) she plans to carry it in a purse.

    The news story is always about a woman dropping her purse or putting on the counter an a gun going off because it was loose in the purse an something got into the trigger gaurd. Always sounds far fecthed, but it happens a lot...........
     
  10. Chainfire

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    I like the FEG SMC .380. For under $200.00 you can't beat 'em. I also like the FEG PA-63. I own several of FEG guns and they are light weight, easily concealed, and function flawlessly.

    I enjoy these guns on the range, but I personally don't like the idea of .380 as a defensive weapon, however if a larger caliber is too uncomfortable for you to practice, practice, practice with, the .380 beats a purse or pocket knife for self defense.
     
  11. jhbwolverine

    jhbwolverine New Member

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    Thanks for all the advice guys. Just out of curiosity, does anyone have any experience with Kel-Tec's pistols?
     
  12. JonM

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    my opinion: good for range fun, wouldnt trust my life to one.

    others may have a different opinion.
     
  13. Polygon

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    I like the Bersa as well. But I would also recommend the Kahr P380. There's another .380 I like that I'm forgetting.

    I had the P3AT and I would trust it with my life. And I wouldn't call it fun to shoot either. As long as you get a 2nd generation model they are dead set reliable. I only ever had one failure with mine and that was an FTE caused by limp wristing the first time I shot it.

    I will say that you do get what you pay for, and this applies to the Ruger LCP as well. But, you can't dry fire this gun. You will cause damage. I dry fired mine accidentally a few times and I was lucky. I had seen a couple that only had about six dry fires or so before damage was done. This can be especially problematic as neither will lock the slide back on the last round. The P3AT doesn't have a slide lock, period. And the LCP doesn't lock back on the last round. So, you have to keep track of how many rounds you've fired or you will dry fire it.

    I have some other small complaints, but those two were the reason I eventually sold the gun.
     
  14. Jay

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    Whatever you consider, make every effort to shoot one before you buy. There's a trade-off with handguns.... shorter barrel = less weight = MORE perceived recoil.

    And there are some very nicely made "carry purses" that incorporate a holster built into the purse. Train (snap caps or dummy rounds) with the purse... she can shoot right through it without having to draw the weapon, if need be.
     
  15. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    For a .380 with power and punch
    I never leave home without Ruger LCP.
    Originally bought as a back-up. Now use
    as a primary.
     

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  16. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I've shot the keltec .380, it was a horrible experience..... I do own a Ruger LCP and it is a great carry piece! Not too bad at the range either.
    I keep it loaded with fmj ammo because I'm going for penetration. :cool:
    You won't be disappointed with the lcp.
     
  17. Bighead

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    If recoil is an issue that is driving her to the .380, she will probably not be happy with a super-compact like the LCP or S&W Bodyguard. I would think a more traditional size .380 might fit the ticket. My choice would be the Sig Sauer P232.

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  18. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have never seen this happen and have never read a news story about it happening. If it was happening "a lot" the anti-gun left wing media would plaster it on the Communist News Network 24/7. Is it possible? Sure. Is it a problem? I do not believe so. WTS, I agree a handgun should not be loose in a purse (or just slid under the front seat of your car).

    Try to avoid the desire to get a tiny little pistol. They may be "cute", light and compact, but they are difficult to shoot well. Less weight means more recoil. The Bersa has a big fan base. The S&W Bodyguard looks interesting, but I have not handled one. For a "mid size" .380 look at the Beretta 84/85 or he now discontinued Browning BDA (made by Beretta). They are small enough to be concealable, but large enough to shoot comfortably and accurately.