Best.380

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by shawn_c2000, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. shawn_c2000

    shawn_c2000 New Member

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    Okay guys I have a keltec pf9 and great gun but still a little to big to conceal at my work I'm a night manager at a convenience store so whats the best .380 for 350 dollars or less
     
  2. kalboy26

    kalboy26 New Member

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    I've been really looking at the bersa thunder lately. It's cheep but really decent from what everyone says.
     

  3. shawn_c2000

    shawn_c2000 New Member

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    Yeah but it has to be super small
     
  4. racer_x

    racer_x New Member

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    Ive been looking at the s&w bodygaurd revolver
     
  5. rhyno13

    rhyno13 New Member

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    The best is the Sig P238
     
  6. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    It is awesome. My dad got one and i got a Sig P230. I sold mine and am getting the Bersa Thunder .380 slim. Its the one with the finger grooves...marketed as a CC Weapon. Great gun...especially for the price.
     
  7. Colby

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    If you want an excellent shooter - small, light, all the edges smoothed for easy concealment and draw... You cannot beat the Ruger LCP. Mine has never had a failure.
    I had a different brand 380 -- what a mess! it did everything wrong that a semi-auto can do - and it did it often! And it's kick was terrible! And it ejected casings into your face! Consistently!
    Sold!
    Enter LCP... shoots very well. Has not protrubences on it to catch on clothing. Ruger did a very good job of cleaning up a small gun for pocket use. Yeah, the sights are tiny - and that is why they are - so they don't get caught on something.
    The LCP is not perfect gun. It has a pretty stiff kick to it. But how much range time do you really need with a pocket gun whose purpose is to pull in a close and dangerous situation? You won't be pulling for a 20 yard shot - that is not conceal carry criteria. It's up close and personal. You point the gun and shoot it quickly. No "aiming" through sights during these encounters. It's point and shoot - whatever gun you've got.
    And Ruger made this gun work very well - that way.

    Mine goes with me (back pocket holster) everywhere - even though I have other carries to chose from - this is the one that I grab.

    I really like its 380 competitor - Sig 238. It's sights are so much better. But they stick out and can get caught in clothing!
    It is larger - and heavier - so it would be easier to handle and kick less. But that bigger size and weight will make it more difficult to carry. It will pull your pants down a little more - bulge more ...
    And it has a safety - for it's short pull trigger. But what if you forget the safety one day - don't know what position it is in? Or the safety gets knocked off --- or on? Or what if you have a life threatening encounter - you are very nervous and fumble pulling the gun and forget about the safety - or fumble with the safety? Trouble...
    The Ruger was planned to have no safety - but, instead, a long trigger pull - like a revolver. It is so difficult to make mistake with a revolver's trigger that no one ever bothered to put a safety on one. The ... safe .. long trigger pull. And Ruger designed their 380 with it. I couldn't agree more.
    You don't need a light trigger on a 10 foot shot in a panic. You just point and shoot. They even teach you that - point and shoot - not aim - in the ccw classes!
    Ruger LCP 380... My preference. Though I have others , and larger CC guns to chose from. It's my always with me.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
  8. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I have a Kel Tec P3AT it's a belly popper. The P3AT is better than nothing and I carry it often in the summer or for a quick trip to the store. Wearing jeans or work pants I have no problem concealing a P11 in my front pocket. You might want to reconsider what brand of pants you buy.
     
  9. hardluk1

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    You will be looking at the micro sized 380 to find anything smaller than the pf-9. . A very good micro 380 is the Taurus TCP 380. Its a bit larger than the kt 380 or ruger size and weight wise , seems to shoot any ammo . Great trigger better ergos for palm of hand to trigger than the pf-9 too. and has a slide hold open that other micros don't offer. Good one handed shooter too. Price runs from 185 for oxided steel slide and one mg to 360 for the SS oor black finished SS slide and 2 mags. We have 2 of them in the family and been very pleased with them. Just buy a use a good pocket holster.

    http://www.mouseguns.com/PocketAutoComparison.pdf
     
  10. shawn_c2000

    shawn_c2000 New Member

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    It's kahaki work pants in my cargo I have no problem concealing but my kahkis is harder
     
  11. OasisSerene

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    I recently purchased Bersa Thunder 380 cc and the Bersa Thunder 380 plus. It is semi dificult hidinh the bulkiness of the plus. But i love the feel and comfort of having 15+1 at my disposal. But i find myself wanting to use my wifes cc. It is very easy to conceal and has yet to give any problems. A very reliable peice.
     
  12. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Yeah TCP is size and quality you want.
     
  13. LONGHAIR

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    I have both the Ruger LCP & Kel-Tec P3AT...I like the Ruger LCP way more then the kel-tec...After buying the kel-tec new I had to send it back so they could fix-it from jamming every other shot...It jammed every other shot for more then 200 rounds...4 box's of 50....Talk about being pissed-off after buying a new gun out of the box....It seems to be fixed but I'm still not sure if I would put my life on the line with-it......
     
  14. Stillersfan

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    +++1 sig sauer p238!
     
  15. BeyondTheBox

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    Or the Hellcat. All exact duplicates of one another. Lame. Terrible trigger, no safety or slide lock. Boo! Don't do Ruger pocket rockets, worst triggers I've ever had the displeasure of experiencing. Including the LC9. My buddy bought one after I did, same thing. Tried a few at shop same thing. To bad, it had the potential of being a very good gun. Need sao or da/sa to be worth while for me, or at least a smooth even pressure dao. Too much slack at first then resistance. Poor!

    I'd personally step it up to a good 9mm, cheaper ammo, better bang, nothing to lose all to gain. Taurus 709 slim or Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact. Then we're talking quality gun and buck spent. Of course sound like you've already got that. No idea about size of your current 9mm though. The Bersa is not small at all. My biggest pet peeve with it...

    For size the slim is the only one I'd look at.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012
  16. PanBaccha

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    I have a back-up Ruger LCP .380 that is so convieniently carried I forget I have it on me often. So much so I decided to make that a primary when needed. When going out with family members to a restaurant, theatre, or large event, I then carry both primary and back-up. I do like the LCP a lot.
     

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  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I have a P238 and I like it a lot but the price makes it cost prohibitive to some. In that case, I think the LCP is a mighty fine little pocket pistol.
     
  18. hardluk1

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    READ The OPs Tread First before telling him to buy something larger than what he has. He wants something smaller than a PF-9
     
  19. danz60

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    Go w/the Sig P238 in a N82tactical.com tuckable holster. They make one to accommodate a Crimson Trace LG also! I wear shirt/tie work clothes & this conceals nicely w/o a cover garment.

    U will pay a bit more for the SS, but in my opinion, well worth it!!
    The P938 also rocks!
     
  20. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    This criteria rules out the P238. I say go with the LCP. It's a very nice pistol and right around that price range.