Ruger .380 buy?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by partdeux, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Locally on sale for $320.

    SWMBO bought a P22, and I was never happy with the reliability of this firearm. She since bought a Beretta 380 as her primary carry, and I'll still carry my XDM9c most of the time. BUT, I have fallen in love with the size for those occasional carry's where a small gun makes life easier.

    If it's a good buy, I'll probably see if I can unload the P22.
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Seems about the going price.

    The Rugers I looked at seem to have a little roughness when working the slide, but okay.
    I ended up buying the Kel-Tec P-3AT.
     

  3. Snubshooter

    Snubshooter New Member

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    I think they both (P-3AT and the LCP) shoot about the same. They both seem reliable and are small enough that you will probably always have it on you which is the most important thing.
     
  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Today I seen one in a shop today that was an Arizona centennial model. Regular price(about $330).
    Kinda special one I thought.
     
  5. lrchops

    lrchops New Member

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    .380 is a useless defense round.
     
  6. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Oh Goody :)
    /sarc
     
  7. littlejimmy

    littlejimmy New Member

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    I have a Ruger LCP, and I have fired hundreds of rounds through it without a single malfunction. That being said, I stopped carrying it after a trip to the range one day. I was at about 5-7 yards from the knock over target, and I watched round after round flatten out and bounce back at me, without dropping the plate. If I ever need to protect myself, I may or may not be able to get on target, but if I'm fortunate enough to hit the bad guy before he hits me - I want that shot to hit hard enough to end it. I now carry a .357, and have the confidence that if I do what I'm supposed to do, my gun will return the favor.
     
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Maybe this time of year in Anchorage but down here in South Florida it works just fine year around.

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  9. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    There are a bunch of uber compact 9's really close to that pricepoint.

    I'd suggest you check out a Kahr CM 9 before going with any .380

    In my experience any of these "nominally" larger 9's actually give you "enough gun" for a proper shooting grip and I've had far fewer problems with major caliber "locked breach" designs than with "blow back" mouse guns.

    I've had 100% reliability out my Kahr PM 9 and carried it effortlessly for 4 years now.

    Good Luck

    Tack
     
  10. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    For those that are reading challenged, my xdmc9 will continue to be my primary carry. I also did buy it, still haven't shot it.

    For the .45 or go home, please, how many discussions are on the internet about the right size for self defense ammo? Stand in front of me and let me shoot you. We'll even start with a .22LR and move up to the .50. Tell me when you've had enough.

    There are instances where that little pocket gun are perfect. YMMV
     
  11. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Those that think anything smaller than a 600 nitro is useless should remember that Ronald Reagan was shot with a .22 short and was saved only due to modern medicine.
     
  12. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    QFT! +1

    But it's not a fun gun to shoot. (or be shot)
     
  13. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Considering I haven't had an opportunity to shoot the damn thing yet... I don't know. Doesn't look like a whole lot of fun, but for those few occasions when something else just doesn't work.
     
  14. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    What ammo were you using ? Buffalo Bore has some good rounds plus 102 gr saber rds but for full penetration, fmj has saved the day.
     
  15. littlejimmy

    littlejimmy New Member

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    I was just practicing with the Winchester whitebox ammo. Don't remember the grain. I actually traded off the LCP and a Marlin lever action the other day for a pair of RIA Commander 1911's. I will continue to carry my .357, though.
     
  16. chucksolo69

    chucksolo69 New Member

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    There is always gonna be a controversy regarding the .380 ACP. Just as much as there is going to be the whole 9 MM is weak and useless next to the .45 ACP thing. I personally don't take any advice when it comes to caliber effectiveness. I buy a gun simply beause I want it. I have a Bersa Thunder .380 as my bedside nightstand gun. It fits in the drawer nicely and it is a very relible little gun; it is true though that most .380 pistols are not pleasant to shoot. I shoot mine about once a year and usually go through 100 rounds each session. By the end of the session, the webbing between my thumb and forefinger is really sore. The Bersa doesn't have much muzzle flip as the gun recoils straight back into the hand. I like the gun though and have found it to be reliable and accurate. I don't know about the Ruger .380, but if you want one, get it. I personally think the Bersa Thunder .380 is one of the best gun values to be had and should be looked at by anyone contemplating purchasing a .380 pistol.
     
  17. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

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    There was a debate on going mid-size w 380s like Sigs excellent 232, Walthers famous PPK, "CZ" w the larger frames, a full purchase or grip is possible and accuracy plus shell count goes up. All Wins right ?

    Except: Now you can have 9mm firepower in the same package...guess which way it's going to,go ?
     
  18. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    SWMBO's primary carry is the Bersa .380. She's deadly scary accurate with it... me not as much so, but I've prob only put 20 rounds through it.
     
  19. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Aren't caliber arguments for people that can't hit the ten ring?