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Link Posted: 12/5/2020 9:48:44 PM EST
Glock 42 is awesome, but other than that Browning does have like an 80% 1911 in 380.
Link Posted: 12/5/2020 10:25:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By The_Punisher:
Picked this up cheap not too long ago. My .380 with an identity crisis. Beretta, FNH, Browning.

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That's purty
Link Posted: 12/6/2020 7:39:30 AM EST
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Originally Posted By The_Punisher:
Picked this up cheap not too long ago. My .380 with an identity crisis. Beretta, FNH, Browning.

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Man that's nice!
Link Posted: 12/7/2020 9:16:30 AM EST
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Anyone have a Rock Island Armory Baby Rock? Comments.
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I bought one a couple weeks ago and just shot it yesterday. Fired two boxes of ammo and my knuckle on my thumb was bleeding from the safety digging in. Second box of ammo had a failure to feed  every other round. The mag body was so tight on one mag I couldn't insert bullet into it. Pretty hard trigger pull also. I'm going to clean it good and go back out this week and try it again. I purchased from Sportsman Warehouse and they will ship it back free in the first thirty days if you have any issues. I really want to like this pistol but kind of regretting not getting the Glock 42.
Link Posted: 12/7/2020 12:24:24 PM EST
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@Holdemdown

OP: by my count 7 people in this thread (including me) mentioned the G42 favorably, which you said you have.   What is your issue with the 42?  just wondering given it is one of the most popular 380s...
Link Posted: 12/8/2020 1:28:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By finnfan:

I have an 84 copy made by Tisas. Nice little gun and a blast to shoot. Carries nicely in a cheap Desantis holster too.

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Good looking handgun, I bought one on GB last night.
Link Posted: 12/10/2020 5:28:42 AM EST
Another vote for Sig 232 or maybe a Walther PPK/S.
Link Posted: 12/12/2020 10:51:31 PM EST
Walther CCP
Link Posted: 12/13/2020 4:37:06 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2020 2:54:49 AM EST
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Link Posted: 12/16/2020 3:32:58 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Supra:
All this talk about the 84.  The 84FS is by far the worst handgun I've ever owned and actually the first handgun I sold.  I bought it new back in '92 as my first handgun before I got educated. It felt good in my hand and looked sexy.

-  Blowback recoil harsher than any of my 9mm handguns to include lighter ones.  Recoil worse than my much smaller RM380 and slightly less than my LCP.  Size and weight rival and exceed many 9mm
-  Slide extremely hard to manipulate.  
-  Slide mounted safety/decocker unreachable without moving the gun in my hand.  Had to use 2nd hand to decock.
-  Magazine disconnect safety

Good "shooter" .380s
1. S&W Shield EZ - by far the best overall choice IMO.  Hardly any recoil.  Super easy to manipulate and shoot.  Shoots like a full size gun in the hand, but much lighter.  I'd CC mine if it had a higher capacity.
2. Sig P238 if you're ok with single action.  Very accurate with little recoil.  Get the extended mag for a full grip.  For reference, the 9mm 938 recoils significantly less the the .380 84FS in a much smaller and lighter package.
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I tend to agree about the Berettas.  Harder recoiling than you'd expect, given the size and relatively tame recoil of the 92 series.   Sights not very good, either.  I sold my 84 with no ragrets, although I did pick up a 86 later on just because it was cheap.    

I found the SIG P230/232 a softer shooter.  Haven't shot the P238 but being a locked breech gun, it makes sense.   I actually bought a Colt 1908 a while back but haven't shot it yet.
Link Posted: 12/16/2020 11:34:14 AM EST
I like Beretta 84 series and Sig 230/232 series for fun shooting...didn't like Walther PP/PPK series.
Last year I discovered Bersa Thunder and had a lot of fun with it.  It's accurate and reliable and comfortable to shoot.
I liked the Bersa so much that I purchased a 22 lr version which I've shot hundreds of rounds.  Both Bersa has been perfectly reliable.

Link Posted: 12/16/2020 11:39:58 AM EST
Bersa -had one. Sold it. Regret selling it. Sure it’s almost G19 sized but it was fun to shoot.
Link Posted: 12/16/2020 9:05:55 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 5thLegion:
Bersa -had one. Sold it. Regret selling it. Sure it’s almost G19 sized but it was fun to shoot.
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No it's not.  C'mon man
Link Posted: 12/16/2020 9:48:41 PM EST
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I vastly prefer blow back pistols chambered in .32acp over the same models in .380.  Recoil is less rappy, and the .32 is very accurate.  It really makes unpleasant 380s like the Walther PP series a much better proposition.  My Beretta 84 in 32 is a pussycat, for example.

If you like punishment in your blowback however, I would suggest the Polish P64 in 9x18.   All kinds of fun.

Link Posted: 12/17/2020 4:47:46 AM EST
I have a SIG P250 in .380 that is fun with a full size frame and I can convert it to the compact frame as well. I don't think they are made anymore.
Link Posted: 12/27/2020 12:33:09 AM EST
Browning Black Label is the absolute softest shooting .380 I have ever fired. It's locked breech linkless tilting barrel design makes it very smooth in operation. It is incredibly easy to be both fast and accurate with it. So much so that it's almost like cheating.

Link Posted: 12/27/2020 2:57:03 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Mindless:


They are fun.  Also, Colt Government .380.  I would pass on the Colt alloy frame Mustang.  The Govt. .380 is a locked breech and recoil is nothing.
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Mustangs were steel or aluminum.  The alloy ones were stamped "Pocketlite".  I have one for carry.   A steel one would be more fun to shoot.  I think the scaled down Browning 1911 in 380 would be even more fun.
Link Posted: 12/27/2020 10:05:56 AM EST
The wife's Sig P238 is fun. Shoots like a laser if you do your part.
Link Posted: 12/27/2020 1:37:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By NVGdude:


Mustangs were steel or aluminum.  The alloy ones were stamped "Pocketlite".  I have one for carry.   A steel one would be more fun to shoot.  I think the scaled down Browning 1911 in 380 would be even more fun.
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I had my choice between the Steel Pony and the pocketlite and went with the latter as it was predominantly a carry gun (shoulda bought both ).  It doesn't weigh down your pocket or sag on your belt, but it is a carry gun not a shooter... so it served its purpose for almost two decades until the G42 took its spot:

Link Posted: 1/1/2021 3:21:17 PM EST
The obvious choice to deal with excessive amounts of .380 ammunition:

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Link Posted: 1/1/2021 9:13:44 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/3/2021 11:28:10 AM EST
My G42 is the softest shooting and. It’s accurate .380 I own.  It’s also about the biggest .380 I’d actually carry.

My second best shooting .380 is a Sig P238.  

Both of these guns are much more accurate and fun to shoot than my LCP.

If you want a “range” .380, I’d look into a Sig P230 or one of the Berettas.  I’ve shot version s of each in the past.  They are nice, all steel pistols that make a .380 feel pretty mild.  

I think the old school all-steel .380s are far too heavy for a modern .380 carry gun, so I don’t own one.  But just for range use, they are fun.  

Now that a reload .380, if finding good gun deals ever become a thing again I’d like to pick up a Beretta 84 or 85.
Link Posted: 1/4/2021 2:41:50 PM EST
Kimber micro .380 has worked fine for me.  Bi-tone is finished well and sharp looking little gat, IMHO.  Not too snappy and I can get all 3 fingers on the grip.

I know, I know, my funeral and all that.  

NO DIBS!
Link Posted: 1/4/2021 2:58:55 PM EST
Colt 1903 is also pretty mild.
Link Posted: 1/4/2021 3:02:13 PM EST
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I enjoy my Sig P232. Quite accurate. I just have to be cautious about slide bite.
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I came to psot p230, though hard to find.
Link Posted: 1/4/2021 3:09:54 PM EST
They don't make them anymore, you'd have to find a nice used one, but the Colt Government Model 380 is a sweet little pistol.
It's my carry piece when I'm going out someplace formal.

Link Posted: 1/4/2021 9:11:51 PM EST
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Originally Posted By NVGdude:


Mustangs were steel or aluminum.  The alloy ones were stamped "Pocketlite".  I have one for carry.   A steel one would be more fun to shoot.  I think the scaled down Browning 1911 in 380 would be even more fun.
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Originally Posted By Mindless:


They are fun.  Also, Colt Government .380.  I would pass on the Colt alloy frame Mustang.  The Govt. .380 is a locked breech and recoil is nothing.


Mustangs were steel or aluminum.  The alloy ones were stamped "Pocketlite".  I have one for carry.   A steel one would be more fun to shoot.  I think the scaled down Browning 1911 in 380 would be even more fun.

I carried mine for many years. I still do occasionally.
Great little pistol.
Link Posted: 1/5/2021 11:09:19 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Landric:
The obvious choice to deal with excessive amounts of .380 ammunition:

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I've always wanted one of those.  When I was a kid, one of my uncle's had one with a suppressor and it was the first full auto I ever fired. Buuuurp, buuuuuuurp, empty.  I remember he used to joke you could see the dollar bills flying out the ejection port.
Link Posted: 1/6/2021 3:47:44 AM EST
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Originally Posted By fuzzy03cls:

I had an 84FS. Sold it off, but wish I kept it.  It's a blowback design so recoil is a little more snappy & the gun feels stout for a .380.
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Huh, It feels great to me. I never noticed the recoil being too snappy. But maybe because when I take the range I'll also take a Beretta 9mm to shoot.
Link Posted: 1/6/2021 3:59:17 AM EST
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Originally Posted By drfroglegs:
I've got a sig p238. Love that damn gun. Shoots way better than the G42 if you ask me. The trigger is phenomenal.



What he said.

This thread has me looking for a 230.
Or maybe the 232 stainless. The 232 has the alloy frame, correct?
Link Posted: 1/6/2021 4:01:27 AM EST
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Originally Posted By finnfan:

I have an 84 copy made by Tisas. Nice little gun and a blast to shoot. Carries nicely in a cheap Desantis holster too.

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I have that one too. It's what got me into the 80-series pistols.
Poor thing hasn't been taken out in a long time.
Link Posted: 1/6/2021 11:09:00 AM EST
You may want to hold onto that .380 ammo. Ammo may become the next currency. If libtards restrict it or tax it to death, existing ammo supplies will become good for trade.

It's coming.
Link Posted: 1/7/2021 3:12:32 PM EST
Comparing to my old keltec (direct blow back), my newer S&W Bodyguard 380 (locked breech) is much more fun.  Accurate, smooth trigger, and doesn't bite as hard.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 2:53:31 AM EST
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Originally Posted By bravo5two:
Comparing to my old keltec (direct blow back), my newer S&W Bodyguard 380 (locked breech) is much more fun.  Accurate, smooth trigger, and doesn't bite as hard.
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This.

.380 is very pleasant in locked breech designs like the Sig P238 and Star Model SS that I have. For a blow-back, my CZ83 is very nice to shoot with its wider, double-stack grip and all-steel construction. A PPK/s is downright unpleasant after a few mags.
Link Posted: 1/12/2021 9:44:05 PM EST
My funiest .380 is a VZ 61 Skorpion:

https://www.czechpoint-usa.com/vz-61-pistol--380-auto--with-threaded-barrel/product

Out of stock now, but they do pop up, and you can look for one on GunBroker.  

I have that, and the brace, and it's a metal plate killer.   Little recoil, very quiet with a suppressor on it, good sights, just a blast of a little PDW to shoot.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 9:06:35 AM EST
Beretta 84
Bersa 383
Colt mustang
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 9:35:17 AM EST
I would try and find a Baretta 84/85 (single or double stack) or a Bersa Thunder (single or double stack).
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 9:46:50 AM EST
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Had one of these for a while, will probably be selling since it doesn't get shot.
It's pretty dang accurate for a pocket-size gun.

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Link Posted: 1/13/2021 9:50:06 AM EST
I’ve been looking for a threaded barrel .380 for a while now.
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Originally Posted By raygixxer89:

This thread has me looking for a 230.
Or maybe the 232 stainless. The 232 has the alloy frame, correct?
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Originally Posted By drfroglegs:
I've got a sig p238. Love that damn gun. Shoots way better than the G42 if you ask me. The trigger is phenomenal.



What he said.

This thread has me looking for a 230.
Or maybe the 232 stainless. The 232 has the alloy frame, correct?


The 230 and 232 were both offered in alloy frame and stainless. Both were offered as two tone as well.

Make sure you buy one with more than one mag!!!
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 10:12:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By raygixxer89:
Get a Beretta 84 or the harder to find 85. I have both and they are a hoot to shoot. The 85 feels just a little bit better because of the slimmer grip.
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Either one. They are works of art and fun to shoot.

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The 230 and 232 were both offered in alloy frame and stainless. Both were offered as two tone as well.

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I was on GB after I posted and holy crap! The prices they're asking for them! I lost one bidding war already.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 10:40:29 AM EST
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Either one. They are works of art and fun to shoot.

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Yes they are.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 10:43:16 AM EST
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I enjoy shooting them.
Link Posted: 1/13/2021 3:19:10 PM EST
Mac 11 if you just want to zip through that pile really quickly.
You can get a Vz 61 in .380.
Far as pistols go the oft mentioned Beretta 84 is probably one of the better options.
I would also put the CZ 83 in the same class as the 84.
I also have a commercial Russian made hicap Makarov in .380. Very cool but not the most comfortable thing & kind of a collector these days.
Picked up a S&W shield EZ in .380 maybe a year ago and it's awesome. I do kind of wish it was a double stack sometimes tho.
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 12:51:39 PM EST
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Mac 11 if you just want to zip through that pile really quickly.
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Originally Posted By HellioN:
Mac 11 if you just want to zip through that pile really quickly.


I had one, with an extra 22LR top end that took 10/22 mags. So much fun suppressed.

Originally Posted By HellioN:
Far as pistols go the oft mentioned Beretta 84 is probably one of the better options.
I would also put the CZ 83 in the same class as the 84.


I'd rather shoot the tiny locked-breech Kahr than the CZ in 380. Even in 32, the CZ has more recoil than the Kahr.
Link Posted: 1/26/2021 3:36:03 PM EST
Glock 42 is easy to shoot and very accurate.
Link Posted: 1/26/2021 6:01:10 PM EST
The discontinued Taurus PT-58. Basically a PT-99 chambered in .380.
Gary
Link Posted: 1/27/2021 12:28:38 PM EST
I’m gonna have to go with the Shield EZ.  Handles really nicely, pleasant to shoot.

I had been interested in the Browning 1911 389s, but the cost of the gun is more than it should be, and even before the panic, 380 was costly for what it is.
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