Pocket .380 Pistols
They’re one of the hottest items in the gun industry today. As more and more states pass laws allowing the concealed carry of a pistol, millions of people have sought out this firearm. Lightweight and easily concealed, they are still powerful enough to stop a determined attacker.
I speak of course about the pocket .380 pistol. Lambasted in the past as a “Saturday Night Special” these inexpensive yet easily concealable shooters are perfect for the law abiding gun owner who seeks a convenient concealed carry pistol. Their small size makes wardrobe selection easy. Many people find that the double action polymer framed models are so light and slim that they can be simply slipped into a pocket sans holster.
Often considered to be a weak and underpowered cartridge, the .380 ACP caliber round is definitely lacking the knock-down power found in a larger cartridge like the .45 ACP or .40 S&W. With proper shot placement however, it is still possible to stop an attacker with one or more shots of .380. With shot placement being so important with a caliber of this size, it’s difficult to consider a pocket sized .380 pistol with a short barrel and equally short sight radius anything but a point blank distance firearm. This is not to say that you cannot employ one at a distance, only that they are much more difficult to aim properly at long ranges, particularly given the heavy double action trigger found on most of these guns.
Here we evaluate the most popular of these tiny shooters and lay out the facts on each one. Whether you are looking for an ultralight polymer framed pistol or a more traditional but still easily pocketable Bersa or Walther, you’re sure to find a .380 that suits you.
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Posted 10-18-2010 at 17:13 by Bob & wife