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Need help choosing a .380

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by hackercat13, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. hackercat13

    hackercat13 New Member

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    Hello all!

    Just got my CPL (concealed pistol license) in Washington State, and looking to purchase a compact .380 for every day carry. I wear jeans and a hoodie or sweats and hoodie most days, so small and light is the way to fly for me. I own a Makarov in .380, but it's a bit bigger than I want to carry most days.

    I was looking at the Ruger LCP or the Kel Tec P-3AT, and was hoping for some opinions of those who own or have fired these. I am open to other suggestions for similar sized weaopns, but can't really spend $500 for a small carry gun.

    Thanks in advance for all the help!
    Chris
  2. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

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    Id go LCP before any Kel Tecs. For that price also look for a used Sig 238 or 232. Don't bother with the new PPK's or Diamondbacks. S&W has the new bodyguard 380. It seems to be OK. Im not overly impressed with them but they seem to be trouble free. Then there is my favorite but its a little bigger and that is the CZ83 but its about the same size as your makarov.
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  3. hackercat13

    hackercat13 New Member

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    Yeah, I have heard good things about the CZ, but as I already own a Makarov (basically same sized frame) and it is darn reliable, I am looking for a pocket gun.

    I have been hearing about recalls and reliability issues with the LCP. I hadn't considered the S&W, I'll do a bit of research there. Anyone else want to weigh in?

    Thanks a ton!
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    Helix_FR Active Member

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    Ya know what just popped in my head. Bersa 380's. Reliable and inexpensive.
  5. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The bersa thunder is a good choice, but may be too large for you. Taurus is making the 738 that is similar to the lcp and the kel tec, but it feels better to me. When someone comes in looking for a 380, I put them all out for comparison and the taurus seems to be winning. I would hold one to see. I sell the kel tec for 245.00 the ruger lcp for 319.00 and the taurus 738 for 295.00. The kel tec does not have a slide lock on it. The others do. I think they are all decent pocket pistols and good back up guns. Good luck!
  6. bayhawk2

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    The Bersa Thunder .380 is out of date.Way too big in todays
    modern carry gun world.The new carry guns are small,thin,light,and
    easy to conceal.I got rid of my Bersa and am now carrying the
    Ruger LCP.Same 6 rounds and this little gun is accurate and
    has never jammed on me.I reccomend this gun to anyone
    that is looking for a C/C weapon.
  7. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hey bayhawk, how many rounds have you put thru the lcp? Did you go thru a break in period? I own a kel tec 380 and it took about 75-100 rounds before it operated flawlessly. Just wondering on the lcp.
  8. Old Guy

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    I would look at the Ruger LC9. I know that it is new and new stuff sometimes have issues that create recalls. It is 9mm which is a much cheaper and more abundant ammunition than the 380. Your capacity would be about the same with a round that carries more energy. I do currently have and carry an LCP.
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    DD-At first I only put 50 rounds through it.No jams.Now
    that I reload .380 I've put some 500 rounds through it.
    Never ever a jam.I shoot approx. 30-50 rounds per session.
    What was really surprising was the accuracy in this
    thing.I keep it cleaned and though it is a .380,I feel
    comfortable with it.I carry it loaded with the Remington
    JHP's.Some tell me it's too small a caliber.Whatever.
    I too looked at the Kel-Tek.I had a bunch of Academy gift
    cards saved up from a job I was on once and Academy had the
    LCP's so I got one.Very happy with mine.Bayhawk
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    Old Guy-I'm eyeing the LC 9.Waiting for a few reviews on it.
    I just bought a new Ruger Blackhawk .45/.45 ACP and that set
    me back a bit on my gun funds.I hear the LC9 may be the new
    #1 carry gun.We'll see.O.k.O.k...so I had to throw my new
    toy in here somewhere.:rolleyes:
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  11. Just One Shot

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    If you are set on a .380 the S&W Bodyguard has usable sights, dual strike capability, last round slide lock and a built in laser as a bonus. S&W has lowered the MSRP and they can be had for $349.99 which is around $100.00 less than I paid for mine. :mad:

    It's not my primary carry but it is very convenient when I can't take one of my larger caliber compacts with me. It's well built and I have yet to have the first problem with it.

    Here's a pic from the very first trip to the range using only the sights.

    [​IMG]
  12. Old Guy

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    Cool deal on the Blackhawk. That is one of my future purchases as well. I currently have and carry the LCP which has been a good pistol. But, if the LC 9 will fit in my pocket, I may switch. It is supposed to retail at about $435.00 so I would expect to find them for around 4 or maybe under. They should start shipping next week so I guess we will see.
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    My local gun shop has a Sig .380 I'm lusting over. :p

    No more DA only for me.....:(

    If it ain't got a real hammer I don't want it...:D
  14. hogger129

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    Try looking at a Bersa Thunder .380.
  15. TheGunClinger

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    I have two LCP's and they work just fine for what they were designed for, up close and personal. If you want an accurate target pistol, then get one of the bigger models. Lots of good ones out there. Most of them have been mentioned in this thread.
    BTW, LCP's can be had for under $300.
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