Browning Black Label

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  1. 1911NUT

    1911NUT Well-Known Member

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    I'm strongly considering purchasing the Browning Black Label .380 for a conceal carry weapon. As you might have guessed, I'm a 1911 nut. The thing is, I have never fired the Browning .380. Does anyone own one? And if so, how do you like it. I trust ya'lls judgement. Any help you can give is appreciated. Thnx in advance.
     
  2. Mouser

    Mouser Well-Known Member

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    hmmm no replies. It is a good looking weapon though I'm not a fan of .380 for anything but a pocket pistol...still maybe one day they will make on in a 9mm or a .40 even....then I will have to own one
     

  3. Greg_r

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    I too am a 1911 fan. I grew up with the 45acp and 38 special. The 380 is a later to me, I have only been shooting one of those since the 1980's when I got one of the FI 380's. I got one of the Colt rejects, has the Colt serial number. It has been a good one though. Unfortunately I have worn it out. It needs to be rebuilt and I can't find parts for it. The 380 is a great idea in a baby 1911. After all the 380 is just a baby 45!

    I do not own the Browning 1911-380 but I have had the opportunity to handle one and fire one. It is an excellent pistol. It is true to the 1911 design, unlike my FI which is only a close copy. The Browning I fired was also very accurate.

    There are only 3 things I don't like about the Browning. First, the composite frame. Second, it's a series 80. And third, the price tag.

    Rock Island Armory produces the Baby Rock, which is a much more affordable option that is all steel. And while I'm not sure, I do believe it's a series 70. I have never held one though and they look funny around the grip area in the pictures to me.

    Browning released the Medallion Pro this year. That is a very nice looking 1911-380. If I go that route, that's what I will get. If I am going to overpay, might as well overpay $100 more and get the BBQ gun version!

    One thing, I will have another 1911 chambered in 380 sooner or later.
    Mi FI model D
     

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  4. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I dont have experience with the Browning but Colt, Sig and Kimber make micro 380's based on the Colt Mustang which is a 1911 design. I have a Sig P238 and it is a very nice little pistol. As for the Baby Rock see the link below.
    http://us.armscor.com/firearms/bbr-series/baby-rock-380/
     
  5. CaptMidnight

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    The modern .380 caliber in a quality handgun makes a fine carry gun. I have a Mustang Plus II, Walther PPK and a Browning Mdl. 10/71 target version. High Standard offered a .380 Target Mdl. G 1943-1946.
    The .380 properly hand loaded can produce an adequate defense handgun. :)
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Greg_r, What parts are you needing?
    There are some sites that may have them.
     
  7. Greg_r

    Greg_r Well-Known Member

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    It basically needs to be completely rebuilt. It's very loose and in my opinion unsafe to fire. It still locks up, but has a fail to feed or eject nearly every shot. Pull the takedown pin out and you better be holding on, because it's coming apart. I can find parts for the HI Standard version but not mine. As I noted it's the early run that was intended to be the Colt Pony, but the pistols did not meet Colts expectations, so were sold by Firearms Industries in Alexandria Virginia. I would appreciate if you knew where parts could be found.
     
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  9. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Well-Known Member Supporter

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  10. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    I'm really seeing no point in .380,
    when you can get all sortsa 9mm offerings of the same size.
    RIA takes the cake there.
     
  11. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The 9mm guns are not the same size as the smaller .380s. It is physically impossible to build a 9mm as small as you can build a .380.
     
  12. 1911NUT

    1911NUT Well-Known Member

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    Ya'll have given me alot to consider. Thnx for all the input.
     
  13. levelcross

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    The Browning 380 is a nice piece. I got to shoot one a friend picked up and was pleased with less than 500 rounds thru it. As for the RIA Baby Rock they are nice also if you can find them though not nearly as smooth action of the other RIA 1911's they do break in nicely. The Kimber Solo is a Miss in my book and the Sig 238/938 are solid choices also.

    Good luck on the Browning
     
  14. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member Supporter

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  15. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Buy pants with bigger pockets.
     
  16. gator_mike

    gator_mike New Member

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    Only a couple of reasons I carry a 9mm and not a 380.....CZ P07 is a 9mm....CZ 75 compact is a 9mm. Oh, and 9mm ammo is cheaper than 380!
     
  17. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    this is exactly why i am very much considering replacing our 380 pistols with 9mm versions.

    plus, there are much more choices in SD ammo for a 9mm, than 380 from what i have seen.
     
  18. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes- if you compare a large .380 to a small 9mm-they can be the same size.
    What I said was you can not physically build a 9mm as small as you can a .380.
     
  19. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    well i have to respectfully disagree.

    i have a couple of Bersa Thunder 380 pistols. that Glock G43 is even smaller than my Bersa's.

    https://bersa.eagleimportsinc.com/bersa/lifestyle/concealed-carry/thunder-396

    https://us.glock.com/products/model/g43

    the numbers don't lie Bill. and unloaded, it's even lighter than the Bersa 380.

    i'll stand by my statements on this. and i'm pretty sure if i dug deeper, i could find even more examples that prove my statements out with other brands of smaller 9mm pistols in comparison to those in 380 acp.