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I am thinking of picking up a small .380 , and am wondering what you guys have and how you like them. I like the reviews on the Ruger security 380.
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I don't have a .380 but if I did, this is the one I would have. I would shorten the barrel and it would be an excellent pocket pistol!
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Jim is old, please excuse him. 238
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I’ve had a P3AT since ‘07. It has performed flawlessly. Almost 2000 rounds though it. 2000 painful rounds. It’s not a pleasant experience but it carries well and is accurate to 25 yards for me.
The little Sig P365 is a sweet little fella. Super easy to rack unlike the Kel-Tec. Very high quality and also reliable.

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4t5 wrote: Tue Aug 22, 2023 8:35 pm I am thinking of picking up a small .380 , and am wondering what you guys have and how you like them. I like the reviews on the Ruger security 380.
Hard to beat a glock 42.
I've even got a Diamondback DB9 in 9mm that is about the same size. $300ish
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Ruger LCP Original style with a 7 to 8 pound long trigger pull.
I dont want the LCP II with a shorter Lighter trigger pull.
Lightweight,reliable,relatively inexpensive.

And a Ruger BRAND extended Magazine for 7 rounds in the magazine and one in the barrel.Easy takedown and clean.
Similiar to a double action revolver in trigger pull.
Easy to shoot well with some practice

For a Pocket Pistol I do NOT want an easy to pull short stroke trigger pull.
Self defense at short range is not target practice at a target.

I Always carry one in the chamber,without one in the chamber its just an extremely short ,lightweight club.

I carry Winchester Flat point fmj as 380 acp is too weak to get both good expansion and enough Penetration in case the bullet has to go through an attackers arm before reaching the vitels.
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Old Savage wrote: Tue Aug 22, 2023 9:25 pm Jim is old, please excuse him. 238
Just 'cuz it's old don't mean it ain't right. :lol:
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Of course, I get the rough General possible traditionalist point, but what .380???
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Yep .. I get that. I was just answering the question about what .380 to carry. If I carried a .380 it would be something like that. You could handload full wadcutters to decent velocity for instance. Run heavier bullets. And it is a cute little gun, especially if you cut the barrel to 3 1/2" or so.
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JimT wrote: Wed Aug 23, 2023 5:52 am Yep .. I get that. I was just answering the question about what .380 to carry. If I carried a .380 it would be something like that. You could handload full wadcutters to decent velocity for instance. Run heavier bullets. And it is a cute little gun, especially if you cut the barrel to 3 1/2" or so.

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Funny stuff Ray. The only time I have ever had a cap n ball come apart was an early Italian 1851 brass frame that I was experimenting with smokeless duplex loads. On the range I had fired a number of heavy loads and on the 10th shot or so when I pulled the trigger and it went off, the barrel and cylinder went downrange also. Pulled the cylinder arbor clean out of the brass frame. Gave up on brass frame guns after that! :lol:
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Of the many .380 ACPs I have shot this one comes out on top for me.
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JimT wrote: Wed Aug 23, 2023 6:54 am Funny stuff Ray. The only time I have ever had a cap n ball come apart was an early Italian 1851 brass frame that I was experimenting with smokeless duplex loads. On the range I had fired a number of heavy loads and on the 10th shot or so when I pulled the trigger and it went off, the barrel and cylinder went downrange also. Pulled the cylinder arbor clean out of the brass frame. Gave up on brass frame guns after that! :lol:
When folks tell me I'm nuts for experimenting with the Ruger Old Army, I remember your exploits and feel relatively sane! :lol:

That little pocket pistol in 380 would be a hoot! I've gotten a world of enjoyment out of loading "heavy for caliber" 380 and shooting it out of a 410 to 380 ACP caliber adapter. Methinks they'd be right handy in a pistola that size as well.
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bcraig wrote: Tue Aug 22, 2023 10:07 pm Ruger LCP Original style with a 7 to 8 pound long trigger pull.
I dont want the LCP II with a shorter Lighter trigger pull.
Lightweight,reliable,relatively inexpensive.

THIS ^^^^^^^
we have a couple of them. they are very accurate with intentional fire control. and the tc flat point round stops at the same water jug as the 9mm gold dots . . .

I too won't carry the newer lcp's. they stink....
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I too carry an LCP. Works for me. Accurate when I try. Reliable all the time. And of late, inexpensive.
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While I like my 42 it is on the larger size. My preferred.380 is an AMT single action Backup.
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Wife loves her S&W Shield EZ in 380. I liked it too, but wanted a bit more oomph, so got one in 9mm.
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JimT wrote: Tue Aug 22, 2023 10:54 pm
Old Savage wrote: Tue Aug 22, 2023 9:25 pm Jim is old, please excuse him. 238
Just 'cuz it's old don't mean it ain't right. :lol:
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As one who prefers a 1911 style firearm with exposed hammer, check out the sig p-238.
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I have the slightly larger p-938, and 9 mm and it is incredibly easy to handle for such a tiny powerful package. Tritium sites and Pachmayr grips are one of the options.
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I have one of the original LCPs with the factory Crimson Trace built it. I don't care for the "II" trigger either. It ain't a target shooter, but I never wanted it for such.
Even in it's factory-supplied pocket holster it fits in behind my cell phone in my usually-worn T Shirt pocket.....
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Thanks for the replies, I like the sig 380 because you can swap grip modules to the bigger x or xl, I like the ruger security 380 because it’s a ruger.
But haven’t shot either.
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Another vote for the P238. I've had mine since they were released and have yet to have had a failure of any kind. Can't say that for the Shield which I no longer have. The LCP is a .22lr and is my working in the yard pistol.

The 238 is a tough little pistol. My wife and I were packing up the Jeep for a weekend trip. The Sig was in my backpack that I'd set behind the Jeep and forgot about until I heard a crunch when I started backing up. It had a little scratch on the slide and one grip has split about halfway down. Still keeps popping along.

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I don't mind a .380 for carry and carried a Walther PPKS as a backup gun for about 15 years. A bit lighter with more ammo is a Bretta model 84 (this one an Indiana State Police turn-in)a bit larger and feels much better in the hand and you can shoot a clean target with one on a 25-yard course. (This is a photo before I put a suppressor on it) I think the SIG 228 is a good gun but still a bit heavy for the size. For a pocket pistol, I went with an S&W J-Frame in .22 MAg, a Berretta Alley Cat in .32ACP, or a Berretta Jaguar in .22 LR. Good luck on finding something comfortable you like.
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I like the 380. I've had several over the years, but the only one I currently have is a Rock Island Baby Rock. Sort of a mini 1911. This particular one is from the collection of our departed friend Jeff Quinn of Gunblast fame. It's 100% reliable, carries nice and flat, and I like the option of carrying "cocked and locked".

Another favorite is the Beretta 85 but they are a sizable gun, and there are many 9mm on the market that are smaller and lighter. My other preference is the Walther PPK. Fairly compact but still enough heft and decent sights to shoot accurately. I'm not a fan of the tiny polymer pocket pistols. They just seem too small for my hands for much besides shooting across the table. But I will admit that does have place.

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Blaine wrote: Wed Aug 23, 2023 4:20 pm I have one of the original LCPs with the factory Crimson Trace built it. I don't care for the "II" trigger either. It ain't a target shooter, but I never wanted it for such.
Even in it's factory-supplied pocket holster it fits in behind my cell phone in my usually-worn T Shirt pocket.....
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Here's one not previously mentioned.....

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Given that many of the micro 9's are the same size as most .380's, why not stick with the 9mm? 9mm is a heck of a lot cheaper than .380 ACP.
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Ysabel Kid wrote: Thu Aug 24, 2023 7:38 pm Given that many of the micro 9's are the same size as most .380's, why not stick with the 9mm? 9mm is a heck of a lot cheaper than .380 ACP.
Ruger LCP 380 is smaller and lighter and thinner than a micro 9.
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bcraig wrote: Thu Aug 24, 2023 8:14 pm
Ysabel Kid wrote: Thu Aug 24, 2023 7:38 pm Given that many of the micro 9's are the same size as most .380's, why not stick with the 9mm? 9mm is a heck of a lot cheaper than .380 ACP.
Ruger LCP 380 is smaller and lighter and thinner than a micro 9.
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After rereading the o.p. I decided to research the ruger security .380. Now guess what gat I am saving-up pennies to buy ?

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I had a Keltec P3AT. Iwanted it for its size. Very pocket friendly. Problem is I could not shoot it accurately with my oversized meat hooks. Loved the pistol, hated shooting it. I did not feel safe with it.

Sold it. A week later, I bought an unfired Browning Model 1955. Also .380. And despite the poor front sights on it, I love shooting it.
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The Hogue grip sleeve for the single stack LCP's makes a major improvement in handling and shootability for these little guns. I nearly got rid of mine before I tried it with the sleeve, the difference is night and day.
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lthardman wrote: Fri Aug 25, 2023 9:43 pm I had a Keltec P3AT. Iwanted it for its size. Very pocket friendly. Problem is I could not shoot it accurately with my oversized meat hooks. Loved the pistol, hated shooting it. I did not feel safe with it.

Sold it. A week later, I bought an unfired Browning Model 1955. Also .380. And despite the poor front sights on it, I love shooting it.
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KelTec sent me the spring and guide rod when my son lost them. Taurus made a good one about the same size.
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piller wrote: Sun Aug 27, 2023 1:57 pm KelTec sent me the spring and guide rod when my son lost them. Taurus made a good one about the same size.
Yep, tcp 738. The improved current offering is their "spectrum". In between those two models was the "curve" that shot around corners.

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Ray wrote: Sun Aug 27, 2023 3:05 pm
piller wrote: Sun Aug 27, 2023 1:57 pm KelTec sent me the spring and guide rod when my son lost them. Taurus made a good one about the same size.
Yep, tcp 738. The improved current offering is their "spectrum". In between those two models was the "curve" that shot around corners.

https://www.sportsmansoutdoorsuperstore ... f3/380-ACP
interesting that the Taurus is offered for the price of the Ruger I bought. I'll look at one in a store. I can carry two hideout guns for the price of one higher capacity and bigger pistol, with the same capacity and a new york reload . . .
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Sold a number of the Sig P238s to folks willing to listen, compare and look beyond price differences. That single-action trigger makes a significant difference, especially in a handgun chambered in a cartridge that really needs to be shot well to be at its most effective. It is a shame Sig has quit making them. The P365 just doesn't work for me.
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Sig P238 in a Galco pocket holster. Never leave home without it.
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Bill in Oregon wrote: Mon Aug 28, 2023 7:51 am Sold a number of the Sig P238s to folks willing to listen, compare and look beyond price differences. That single-action trigger makes a significant difference, especially in a handgun chambered in a cartridge that really needs to be shot well to be at its most effective. It is a shame Sig has quit making them. The P365 just doesn't work for me.
I didn’t know they stopped. Checking GB shows prices are up. Glad to have gotten in early enough where they had a bazillion styles and had boatloads of inventory.
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My first 380 was a Colt Series 80 but the trigger was absolutely horrible so had a newby gunsmith at the local shop rework it, after that the hammer would more often than not follow the slide home unless it was held JUST right. Later traded it on a G42 that's gone the Glock Store mods. My Brother gifted me an LCP with Crimson Trace laser sight. Got a replacement trigger that greatly improved the trigger pull. Even with a replacement trigger it's still a pain to shoot. Got a DeSantis sof-tuck for the G42 that was comfortable to carry, but decided to get the same holster for the G43 that's even more comfortable, so that is what I'm going with now. YMMV HTH
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