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Old 02-03-2013, 02:17   #1
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Need .380 recommendations

Friend of mine came to me tonight asking if I knew any good deals on a .380. He wants something cheap but reliable. More along the lines of a pocket pistol. I say his price range is between $400-$500.

I'll let you guys fire away on this one.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:50   #2
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For the most trouble-free, probably the ruger LCP. The S&W bodyguard is a little more usable, but can be flakey with the laser...if that's not super important to you, the BG is otherwise excellent with better sights.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:29   #3
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Get a sig p238 and don't look back.
Traded my t380 and no regets.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:16   #4
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I agree with Berto, the LCP is a great little gun. Only 12 ounces loaded.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:51   #5
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What Paxmo said. Our little Sig 238 was a bit pricey but is an excellent shooter that is plenty small and light enough to ride in a front pocket. With due respects to the plastic pistols, doubt you can do better than the P238.

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:16   #6
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My LCP has been very reliable, fits nicely in the pocket. By the way, they go for around $300 (without laser) in my neck of the woods.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:23   #7
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Love my Lcp. $300 with LaserMaxx at a lgs.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:26   #8
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Ruger LCP for pocket, Bersa Thunder 380 for everything else!



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Old 02-03-2013, 07:45   #9
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LCP all day!! Love mine.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:14   #10
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Of my 5 .380's, I consider the P3AT as the only true pocket pistol. But, I don't wear cargo pants. I also think a laser is a must on these pistols.

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Old 02-03-2013, 08:34   #11
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Friend of mine came to me tonight asking if I knew any good deals on a .380. He wants something cheap but reliable. More along the lines of a pocket pistol. I say his price range is between $400-$500.

I'll let you guys fire away on this one.
Is there a specific reason he wants the .380? If not , evaluate alternatives with him.

I have one and am happy with it, but if price point is driven by budgetary constrains, a true friend would steer him to a good used 9mm.

After the initial purchase price, the .380 will be much more expensive to shoot given ammo price and availability.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:42   #12
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The Sig 238 is a curiosity, a great little pistol, but it's a handicap because of the single action and exposed hammer......not the best choice for pocket carry.

Get something that's striker fired and double action only.......that's the most realisticlly applicable configuration for pocket carry. Light and thin is what works.

I have an LCP in 380. Not saying it's the best, but it is one of those on the current market that is designed around what works for pocket carry.

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Old 02-03-2013, 09:12   #13
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My LCP is simple, convienient and has been flawless.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:20   #14
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For a little more than $500, take a look at the new Colt Mustang .380. IMHO it is the best of class, and is actually fun to shoot. Wonderful trigger, accurate, and reliable, everything my LCP was not.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:47   #15
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Have a look at the Micro Desert Eagle. All metal, made in the USA. A touch heavier than the polyguns and a touch smaller. It's a licensed copy of the ZVI KEVIN. Very accurate and reliable.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:51   #16
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Kel Tec P3at or it's clone, LCP from Ruger. Want something a little bigger try the Bersa thunder .380 or the CZ 83. You'll still have enough money left over to buy a fare amount of ammo.

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Old 02-03-2013, 10:21   #17
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I have a S&W Bodyguard and can recommend one based on my experience.
I did NOT buy it for the lazer which frankly I see as a gimmick on a pocket pistol.
Mine has been 100% with 300 rds through it of various FMJ and JHPs.
It is the easiest to carry pistol I have ever owned.
You should be able to buy one for $400 or less.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:11   #18
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I have been very happy with the LCP. Nothing carries like it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:16   #19
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I have a Sig P232 stainless w/night sites and a P238 two tone with night sites and CTC. The P232 is extremely accurate and a great gun, but heavy in the all stainless variation. The P238 is a great carry gun, but it's SA only. My wife shoots the P238 primarily and I"ll carry it in a Galco OTWB holster on occasion. Both are accurate, but the P232 is definitely of higher quality.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:22   #20
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Not a big fan of .380's for a primary gun, but I can vouch for the Sig P238. My dad bought one two years ago and it is great. Very accurate, reliable, and soaks up recoil. It shoots like its much bigger than it is.

I also like the P232, but its more a small belt gun than a pocket pistol. If I had to pick a .380 for carry the P232 would be the one.
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