Taurus, Cobra, and Jimenez 380's. worth Considering?

Discussion in 'Ruger Handgun Forum' started by dr_psych, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. dr_psych

    dr_psych New Member

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    The Ruger 380 I was looking at is $399 because it comes with a LaserMax. But...I'm not sure if I want to spend $400 plus tax and FFL fees. So, after some searching I came across these less expensive options. Forums are filled with good and bad reviews of every gun, even the most expensive. Obviously the ones I mentioned in the title might have less of a following and less features, but what are your thoughts on these much less expensive alternatives. I'm looking for a carry gun that won't "break the bank".

    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    Those cheap guns are horrible! Stay away from them and get the Ruger LCP without the laser they're $310ish.
     

  3. firemonkey150

    firemonkey150 New Member

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    For what I understand Jimenez is a POS. I've had good experience with Taurus, but not on there .380 line. There customer service worked really well with me when I needed a repair on a 9mm of theres.
    Honestly, I think Rugers your best bet. Just get one without a laser. There around 300 without one. Or we'll used to be
     
  4. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    Jimenez keeps getting sued out of business and coming back under new names.
     
  5. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    I missed the Taurus that one I might consider as the 2nd option.
     
  6. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Forget the Cobra and Jimenez :(
    Shop around for a quality used gun---
     
  7. velofan

    velofan New Member

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    I own many firearms including several from each manufacturer. The Jiminez 380 is a lower quality striker fired blow back model that has a pressure fitted and pinned barrel that really needs a little work to feed reliably. Not hard, but more than a fluff and buff. Taurus can be OK if you get a newer one. Watch limp wristing for all of the ultra light 380s. Number 1 cause of feeding problems. Both can be fun but the Ruger is worth saving just a bit longer for.
     
  8. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Nothing wrong with a Taurus. The others are a little iffy.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the Taurus is the best option of the three, the Cobra and the Jiminez are junk. better suited as trotline weights than pistols.

    the suggestion of looking or used is a good one. sometimes you can find some really decent pistols for a decent price going used.
     
  10. TX45

    TX45 New Member

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    I have several Taurus pistols and they've worked great for me. The PT145 is my EDC. I recently bought a couple of 24/7 G2 Standard pistols in .45 and 9mm, I love them too.
     
  11. ltcfb118

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    Taurus or Ruger, the other two are garbage. I teach CCW Classes here in Ohio and see lots of pistols. A few that I have seen at training that are inexpensive are Ruger SR 9 Compact and the Sccy 9mm. The Tauruses that I see go bang. I owned a PT 92 for 15 years and loved it. Just my humble opinion.
     
  12. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    What's about going with 9mm? Sccy makes a line of SA 9mm pistols and they can be had for under $300. I haven't heard much bad talk about it.
     
  13. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I don't understand why Taurus is even on that list. Taurus is a major brand with a reputation that is getting stronger every year.

    I would have no problems buying a Taurus. I don't have one, mind you, but not because I'm scared of them.

    I'd never buy either of those other two.
     
  14. markie357

    markie357 New Member

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    My Taurus 738 TCP was great and I thought it was a great carry gun. I had one fail and that was my fault because I thought I'd try one had after only 50-60 rounds