What .380 Sub Compact Pistol is the one for me????

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  1. Oldoutlaw

    Oldoutlaw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    At my age, I prefer a low recoil pistol that is very easy to conceal. I am thin and my other pistols are a bit large to conceal. One with night sites also. Having said that, I want this to be a one time purchase to last me for what time I may have left. I am 75 now.

    So, I have been looking round and there are a lot of guns out there. I want a nice looker also. So I am willing to pay a bit more.

    Here is the one I am leaning towards right now. Anyone have experience with these? A Kimber Micro.
    https://www.kimberamerica.com/micro-two-tone-380
     
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  2. elfmdl

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    Kimber micros are good and recoil is mild, my other suggestion would be a glock 42 very light on recoil and is very concealable
     
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  3. Rifling82

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    Walther PPK?

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  4. PaBushMan

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    I have an RIA baby rock 380. But do not carry it. I like my little Taurus spectrum 380 for deep concealment. Also i like my Walther PK380. Easy to rack and easy on recoil.
    https://waltherarms.com/pk380/
     
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  5. Oldoutlaw

    Oldoutlaw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I and others have a serious problem buying any Springfield nowadays. Springfield supported all of the last Illinois gun laws. Including all the new high fees for an FFL to buy before they can sell guns in Illinois. Yet, Springfield and their main dealers got an exemption to the new laws. As far as many are concerned, they sold out to the Anti Gun politicians in order to get their own exemption.
     
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  6. JTJ

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    I had a P3AT and it's clone the LCP. Both were miserable to shoot. So was the Bodyguard. I ended up with a P238 which is an easy shooter. Also heavier. 19 oz loaded. The Walther would also be a softer shooter. I have not tried the LCP2. While it has a better trigger it will probably be just as snappy. If I were buying a 380 today I would look hard at the Glock 42. It is slightly bigger than the LCP2 but has a big advantage. The barrel is 1/2" longer and it makes a difference. The 2.7" barrel on most of the pea shooters are marginal for expansion and penetration. They either penetrate or expand except for the XTP which limits expansion to get penetration. The short barrel also causes inconsistencies in performance if you get a round on the low power side it wont expand. The 3.25 barrel makes a more difference than you would think and I feel is the minimum length for decent performance in 380. The LCP2 should be a 32.
    I also have a KelTec P32 and it hides in a back pocket. Only weighs 10 oz loaded with FMJ which is all I will load in it. Easy to shoot but not a lot to hold on to.
     
  7. Mercator

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    +1 on the Glock G42. It is exceptionally comfortable to shoot for its size and weight.
    +1 on the Walther PPK as well. But it is not really a pocket pistol and will cost twice as much.

    PS. The Keltec P32/380 to me is a challenging pistol to draw, aim, and place a good shot and not flip or drop in a hurry.
     
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  8. Fred_G

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    If it had to be a .380, the Walther for sure. Shaken, not stirred.
     
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  9. Rifling82

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    Colt Mustang Pocketlight, $530 at sportsman's Warehouse, Chattanooga
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    I have a 1990s Govt. 380 and it's one of the niceest shooting minis you could find. Everybody that's fired mine has layed claim on it when I move on.:D
     
  11. freefall

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    Can I have it when you're dead?
    Note that I'm not laying claim, I'm asking politely!
     
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  12. Rifling82

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    I love trying to spend someone else’s money
     
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  13. Oldoutlaw

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    You certainly are trying to spend mine. So far though, my current Bulgarian Makarov 9x18 pistols are a bit more towards size I really want. Not too small nor two large. And, the 9x18 bullet is a bit larger dia than 380 or 9mm Luger. Tiny bit. But rounds are more powerful than a 380, but less than 9mm Luger. The all steel construction makes them heavy. Also, rear sites are very narrow. Gonna see if a local dealer has a Glock 42 to handle. Plus some of those recommended here.
     
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  14. Rifling82

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    I thought you wanted a “nice looker”?

    You’ll like a Glock 42, they’re a fun shooter
     
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  15. Nod

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    Well, you could get an FEG PA63 or AP9 for a lot less that a Walther but basically the same gun. I find my AP9 very easy to conceal and shoot.
     
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  18. formerCav

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    1911 styles like that Kimber are a real MUTT to take apart and clean. you either buy a tool or use a paper clip you have to insert into the guide rod so you can get the compression off the spring so you can field strip it.
    The Walther's I've seen are very hard to jack the slide on!
    you may want to rent some of these before you make a committment.
     
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  19. Oldoutlaw

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    My TRUE Makarov pistols are better I think. All steel frame and slide. The FEG is light weight, but a known history of frames cracking. My favorite FFL has several with the cracked aluminum frames in his junk pile. And, he will not as a gunsmith also, even work on one. Nor, will he ever sell any more.