Re: One more try tonight.....
I think I get what your saying, but then I may have missed the point entirely. I worked in the gun trade in several roles for a long time, so have an theory.
Over the last 30 odd years buyers have become much more cartridge savvy. The .380 / 9mm short while quite effective just doesn't stack up against say the 9mm parabellum. And there are plenty of good, compact 9mms around. Added to which the small pistol market has been partially taken by compact large calibre pistols, starting back with the original .45acp Colt Officers. There was a time when a big calibre came in a big gun, and if you wanted a small gun, you got a small calibre.
There are a lot of calibres out there and I think some gun manufactures would like to see the range reduced, at least for the mass produced factory jobs. Many if not most manufacturers have a .380 anyway, why more with the huge cost involved both in production and then marketing?
Last of all, if you find an old gun you like, and you check it out properly, carry it! I myself carried a vintage Beretta M1934 for a while, and really liked it. I never got tired of popping the barrel out with the heel of my hand to the muzzle for a clean.
Last edited by TranterUK; 03-27-2009 at 09:47 AM..