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Posted: 12/10/2013 1:51:46 PM EST
What is the best .380 ACP pistol for pocket carry?
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 1:53:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By Andrewsky:
What is the best .380 ACP pistol for pocket carry?
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Thread is relevant to my interests.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 1:58:10 PM EST
Love my Kel-Tec
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 2:00:03 PM EST
Sig p238 works for me
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 2:03:08 PM EST
I scored a colt govt .380 - has a bushing just like its bigger brother 1911

I love this mini 1911- very accurate , small but not to small
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 2:07:17 PM EST
I've qualified and carried a P38T as a back up for several years now.
In all fairness I sent it back to Keltec for a fluff and buff.
It has never failed and I run Fed Hydra Shoks in it.
Dave N
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 2:13:10 PM EST
Walther PPK, not the 's' one the PPK one, great little gun, they would let me qualify with 3 handguns anymore, so only carry my Glock
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 2:25:08 PM EST
I've had a PPK/S, Colt Pocketlight, P3AT, currently a Ruger LCP

size comparison to a SW442

Link Posted: 12/10/2013 2:26:49 PM EST
I like my SS PPK/S even though it has it's detractors.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 2:32:51 PM EST
I love my Colt Mustang...really want a Government .380 to go with it though.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 2:40:40 PM EST
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I only have experience with the p3at and lcp. They both run great but the lcp is on another level with fit and finish and trigger pull.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 2:55:03 PM EST
Kahr PK380, truly pocket size w/an excellent trigger, the wife's has been 100% and I even carry it occasionally when I simply can't carry anything larger.
Tomac
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 3:14:36 PM EST
Taurus TCP. I shoot it nearly as well as the wife's P238.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 3:14:53 PM EST
I'm still hoping Glock is coming out with a really small .380.
Dave N
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 3:18:47 PM EST
Seecamp
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 3:57:30 PM EST
love my little keltec p3at
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 4:29:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Red-ryder:
I scored a colt govt .380 - has a bushing just like its bigger brother 1911

I love this mini 1911- very accurate , small but not to small
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+1
I have the Colt Government Model .380 and the Mustang. Both excellent choices if you sre a fan of 1911s or Colt.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 4:52:50 PM EST
They are all probably the same more or less. I use an lcp and am plenty happy.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:01:27 PM EST
I have two Keltecs.
Zero malfunctions.
Corbon DPX
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:50:03 PM EST
I wouldn't carry one. I gave them up years ago !

I would take a 5 shot 38spl over any pocket size 380.


If you want a Pistol for a BUG then I would look at a G26. or a reliable sub compact 9mm
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 5:54:29 PM EST
My Ruger LCP has been great in that role. I have a Keltec P32 that works great but the P3AT I had did not. My Colt Mustang is nice but I won't carry a cocked and locked single action in my pocket. The Kahr seems nice but I haven't shot it, just handled. Both Taurus TCPs I've shot (owned by friends) sucked bad, couldn't make it through a single mag without an issue. I want to like the S&W Bodyguard but I dislike built in lasers (when they eventually fail you are stuck) and don't care for the safety.

If I were buying a pocket .380 right now I would look closely at the Ruger and the Kahr. Glock is supposed to be coming out with a small .380 shortly (probably at SHOT) but no details and a questionable timeframe leave that a big question mark.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:03:57 PM EST
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Originally Posted By FMJ:
I wouldn't carry one. I gave them up years ago !

I would take a 5 shot 38spl over any pocket size 380.


If you want a Pistol for a BUG then I would look at a G26. or a reliable sub compact 9mm
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CSB. Snubies have good ballistics but are much larger than the guns we are debating. Not sure why you brought up BUGs.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:07:07 PM EST
I've owned a bunch of "pocket guns." SW 60, SW442, Sig P230, Walther PP (all too big). Beretta 950 & 21A, NAA revolver, SW380 and others. Ruger LCP is the best one I've ever owned. But I'll be looking at the Glock 42 if its small enough.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:09:19 PM EST
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Originally Posted By FMJ:
I wouldn't carry one. I gave them up years ago !

I would take a 5 shot 38spl over any pocket size 380.
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I own a couple j-frames. They bounce around too much in my gym shorts and swim trunks. more a funtion of weight than size really.
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 6:18:17 PM EST
Best is subjective and subject to trade-offs.

Best trigger = Colt Mustang
Easiest to carry= P-3AT
Link Posted: 12/10/2013 7:13:03 PM EST
What about a Kahr P380?

looks to be a sweet gun - little bigger than the LCP or Kel Techs

Red

Link Posted: 12/11/2013 2:49:30 AM EST
I've got a Kahr P380. It's easier to shoot than any other 380 in its size range. Least recoil and best long stroke trigger. Surprisingly easy to shoot well for its size. You need to shoot a couple hundred rounds to break it in, it's built tight. Pricey, but I bit the bullet because in my opinion it's the best small 380 out there.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 2:53:17 AM EST
NJSP tested the Kahrs, they were found overall to be not reliable. I would go with a guy that puts his life on the line every day
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 3:13:40 AM EST
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Originally Posted By TheWind:
NJSP tested the Kahrs, they were found overall to be not reliable. I would go with a guy that puts his life on the line every day
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Do you have a link or any more info on their tests? My experience with Kahrs has been mixed but ultimately favorable, I'm interested in their findings.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 3:35:31 AM EST
I have a mustang I love it


Fwiw I have a g26 too sizewize the mustang is much smaller
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 4:05:20 AM EST
It's very revealing that not one person has said the S&W Bodyguard.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 5:47:16 AM EST
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Do you have a link or any more info on their tests? My experience with Kahrs has been mixed but ultimately favorable, I'm interested in their findings.
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Originally Posted By TheWind:
NJSP tested the Kahrs, they were found overall to be not reliable. I would go with a guy that puts his life on the line every day


Do you have a link or any more info on their tests? My experience with Kahrs has been mixed but ultimately favorable, I'm interested in their findings.


They don't publish their findings, just took the gun from servicee and replaced it, Friend was in Command Staff so has knowledge of it. Came up talking about off duty weapons... he can't carry a rocket launcer under his coat like I can
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 6:42:12 AM EST
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Originally Posted By evolution88:
It's very revealing that not one person has said the S&W Bodyguard.
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Yes it is. Too much bad feedback I guess.

MIM stuff, loose screws, frikin' laser beams. I really like mine though. I've tried to make it fail but it just hasn't happened yet.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 6:47:51 AM EST
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Originally Posted By artman54:
Sig p238 works for me
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Link Posted: 12/11/2013 12:04:32 PM EST
I have had two LCP's. One when they were relatively new that I traded off, and one I bought in the last year. The new ones with no dash in the serial number are head and shoulders better/easier to shoot as the trigger is shorter, smoother, and does not stack, much like a Kahr, but shorter. The sights are also bigger. Like macro nubbins.

Ruger admits to the change, yet did not market it. Guess they did not want to have millions of folks with older ones complaining. It's worth your time to go to a LGS and fire the no-dash ones.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 2:11:01 PM EST
I like the Ruger LCP. Fits great in the front pocket of my pants. Never had any issues shooting it.
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 3:00:14 PM EST
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Originally Posted By TheWind:
NJSP tested the Kahrs, they were found overall to be not reliable. I would go with a guy that puts his life on the line every day
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So how did the other .380s that were mentioned do in the NJSP tests?

Edited: to find out which "Kahrs" were tested or is it the brand (entirely), or did they just test the entire Kahr line of pistols? Can you clarify?
Link Posted: 12/11/2013 3:14:55 PM EST
From what I understand, the first run of Kahr .380 had some reliability issues but Kahr got it straightened out.

Dave N
Link Posted: 12/12/2013 2:52:32 AM EST
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Originally Posted By wayne1one:


So how did the other .380s that were mentioned do in the NJSP tests?

Edited: to find out which "Kahrs" were tested or is it the brand (entirely), or did they just test the entire Kahr line of pistols? Can you clarify?
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Originally Posted By wayne1one:
Originally Posted By TheWind:
NJSP tested the Kahrs, they were found overall to be not reliable. I would go with a guy that puts his life on the line every day


So how did the other .380s that were mentioned do in the NJSP tests?

Edited: to find out which "Kahrs" were tested or is it the brand (entirely), or did they just test the entire Kahr line of pistols? Can you clarify?



They used the compact 9mms.... it was a reliability issue
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