Why I carry a .380auto

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by opaww, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    The need, reason, and use of a handgun varies from person to person, as does the choices in what they want, need, and carry. Some extol the virtues of bigger is better, or higher capacity is the way to go. Quite simply use what you got but be good with it.

    If one is to assume that the least carry concealed should be a 9mm, then would it not stand to reason that a .38spl would be better then that? Sense it has been used for almost 100 years as a side arm of Law Enforcement Officers, and still used by many of them as a off duty and/or backup hand gun.

    The most used handgun and caliber sense the early 1920’s up until the Hollywood frenzy with the 9mm in the 1980’s was none other then the .38spl. More bad guys were dispatched by law abiding citizens and LEO’s using this caliber in revolvers then any other handgun to date.

    A small snubby has a very small finger print when concealed; it offers a good punch and a quick draw and use without thinking.

    The point here is not about the caliber nor the action of a given handgun but rather what one uses. A small .380 auto is about the same as a small .38spl, but a slightly smaller bullet weight. The accuracy of a .380auto is far better then it was 30 years ago as is the reliability. The draw back of the .380auto is the cost of ammo if you can get any.

    When a handgun gets smaller in size and weight but keeps the same power in caliber we tend to lose some control of the weapon when recovering for a second shot which is important in staying alive. If we use a subcompact in 9mm, 40 S&W, or say a .45auto the recoil is magnified and that split second that is added to the recovery can make the deference in a second shot or being a recipient of hot lead from the bad guy.

    I use my .380auto as a backup, but my .38spl is used as a primary and backup carry. With the choices I have I would rather use my .45auto all the time but not every situation allows for the carry of a full size government model .45. The bulk of it makes it un-carrable in some places and at times of the year where light clothing is a must because of heat.

    So the need for something smaller and lighter in weight is needed, along with controllability thus I choose the .380auto or my .38spl.

    Some of you might ask for me to show one famous person who carried a .380auto, well that one person that I know of who was famous was SGT. Barry Sadler, OH dam sorry some of you youngsters don’t remember him. Well he was famous anyway.

    opaww
     
  2. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    Carry what you want man. It's all about the individual. I really don't have a problem with the round as much as I do with the weapons made for it. But I'm not a fan of pocket guns at all. I've owned a few 380's over the years and m,y only real issue with them was the recoil beat you to death due mainly to the size of the weapon firing it. They seemed to be pretty accurate but the muzzle flip was not worth the ease of concealing. But that's just me. I know several people that really like the smaller weapons and that's what they carry. If a 380 is what you like then by all means you should be able to and not get grief. Maybe I'd like them more if I could find one the size of a Commander length 1911 or a 9VE Sigma.
     

  3. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    I like this Bersa it is small enough and light enough but controllable
     
  4. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    My primary summertime carry is a Walther PPK (or PPK/S) in .380 as it's big enough to shoot accurately and small enough to be easily concealed. To me, it's like carrying a higher capacity J frame and it's thinner...
     
  5. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    Nothing wrong with carrying a .380auto, but that is my lowist limit I won't carry anything small in caliber then that.
     
  6. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    I had a Bersa Thunder. It was one of the better pistols in that caliber I still didn't like it as much as a comparable sized 9mm..To me anyway. I'm sure I"ll see one at some point, I just hadn't yet.

    I don't buy into the whole smallest is this or that. The weapon choice and caliber rests in the hands of the one that carries it. Look at how many are hurt or killed with 22's. Being the accepted distance of a self defense situation with good shot placement I see no reason why a 380 would be a poor choice.

    I am a 45ACP person. Ammo costs as they are I choose to use what I operate the best. I have 9mm's but I don't like them for defense. Not because it's a poor round.I am just more comfortable with a 1911 in 45ACP. Old dogs and all I guess:)
     
  7. Gojubrian

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    If a .380 is enough for you then that's your business, but it's too small for me to feel comfortable carrying. The price of .380 is going down, but I still see it the same price as .45acp in places for some crazy reason.

    They do make smaller more carry friendly gun in .380, but with a good holster I can carry my kimber just fine too. The LCR goes on alot of outing as well .38 +p.

    Carry what you want, but the fact that you are trying to justify it to everyone speaks volumes. ;)
     
  8. m72law

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    nuttin wrong with a .380...very close if not same ''depending on ammo as the 9x18 mak...now that it is getting warmer weather...i have only 3 small concealable carry choices...rossie m88 5shot .38spl.,cz82 13shot 9x18mak,or my very trusty cz50 8shot 32acp...heck,what ever anyone packs as long as your capable to make each shot count ''if the need be''its going to suck for the person/s on the business end of that life saving tool;)
     
  9. m72law

    m72law New Member

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    anyone have any experience with the cobra 2shot derringers?...i know they are cheap and not everyday shooters...but i found a guy 2miles away with his 01FFL and he will do the transfer/s @15bucks...i found these @ sog for 109.00 bucks and they have multi cals and some are long barrels ''about 1inch longer then norm"
     
  10. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Please start a new thread.
     
  11. Gojubrian

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    The shot counting means not only shot placement but also round capabilities. :rolleyes:
     
  12. UnderFire

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    People are going to carry what they want to carry for their own reasons.
    I also own a .380ACP pistol, but I don't solely depend on it for self defense.
    I use mine as a back-up pistol only. I rather depend on one of my .40 cals for main BG stopper.

    Yes, it's all shot placement and no one can argue with that.
    Although in most self defense situations shot placement is highly unlikely. Shot placement will bring down any attacker, but in real life attacks a well placed shot is highly unlikely due to chaotic seconds of a gunfight, adrenalin, everyone is moving,etc making shot placement even more difficult.

    Best way to stop a threat:
    1. The bullet(s) has to destroy the central nervous system function, but that requires very precise shot placement.
    2. The bullet(s) has to cause the blood system to depressurize, but that also requires precise or lucky shot placement and in any case it happens slowly even at best.
    and the best way to end an attacker...
    3. The bullet(s) have to cause so much shock to the body that the body shuts down.

    Now, I'm not starting an argument or debate on this topic.
    I posted the reasons why I choose a higher caliber over my .380.
    #3 in the above paragraph speaks volume to me.

    I believe most will carry only a small pocket gun no matter what caliber it is out of comfort. To me, a gun should be more comforting than comfortable to carry.

    Although I'm not a fan of the 380 load
    I sure wouldn't want to get hit by one. ;)

    Everyone needs to carry what's best for them and what they are most competent with. Period.
     
  13. Tackleberry1

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    I don't think you can compare the .380 ACP to the .38 Special and certainly not the .38 + P.

    The difference in bullet weight and FPS is considerable which is why one is considered minor and the other a major caliber.

    9mm IMO would fall between these two cartridges in the power scale, is considered the minimum of the major calibers, and is the lightest load I'd bet my life on.

    To each his own, carry what works for you, but saying that being armed with an any .380 is nearly equall to being armed with an a .38 Spl. is simply not factual.:)
     
  14. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    opaww, if you like carrying a 380, more power to ya! I personaly don't care for the small autos(read LCP, Keltec and the like), but that is a preference thing and nothing more. I had a XD9SC but it was bulkier then my Kimber. I carry my 45 almost everywhere but I'm am keeping an eye out for something more along the lines of a grab and go gun which for me will most likely be an LCR.

    I agree with you about it being the lower limit of SD weapons. I wouldn't go smaller then 38 or 380.
     
  15. Kaptin

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    Carry what you want, but the fact that you are trying to justify it to everyone speaks volumes. ;)[/QUOTE]

    I never got the impression that he was trying to justify anything. I thought he was confident with his choice. I have to agree with him, about the 380 being enough gun, and probably the one you will have with you because it is easy to conceal
     
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  16. Lowrider

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    It is very simple for me -- I carry .380 because it is what I can completely conceal in an office environmnet. Whenever possible, I switch to .45, but 95% of the time, the LCP is the one.
     
  17. canebrake

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    When I'm sitting around the house, in my swim trunks and irreverent t-shirt, I have a issue saddling up with carry gear to get the mail or walk the dog.

    I grab my daughter's Elsie Pea and walk out to the mail box knowing I can take the mail lady out with the .380!
     
  18. NGIB

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    Dammit - what kind of Dad are you, stealing your daughter's gun...:D
     
  19. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    All I can say is that I would not want me shooting at me with my .380, and that's good enough for both of us. :D