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Who carries a .380?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Sevenrats, Mar 31, 2019.

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  1. Yes, all the time

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  2. Sometimes

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  3. I don't own one

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  4. I would never carry a .380

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  1. snubnose

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    getting more and more interested


    View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M61pTas47_g


    The bottle being hit at a distance well past what a any civilian shooting would be at should convince anyone who doubts what this caliber is suitable for-I never will give up the lcr 9 which IS the best choice for civilian use but one of these just might be interesting-if and only if they can tolerate hot ammo.
     
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  2. slap shot

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    the extended mag? i love it. it's the only reason I even have a .380. runs like a champ too.
     
  3. ticklemejoviemo

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    Its Brooks Tactical AGrip. Stuff is awesome. At the time 3 years ago he didn't make a specific one for the BG, so I had to buy a sheet of it and made a template to make my own.
     
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  5. Knob Creek

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    Never went with a .380 but I tried a friends Shield EZ and it was pretty nice. So if I was to downsize to a .380 I’d look long and hard at that.
     
  6. snubnose

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    The reasons cited for why an armed citizen gets defeated argue strongly for carrying a gun, the design of which precludes the issues mentioned from arising which would be the revolver; everything else presented makes a strong argument for all of the 'girly' calibers being more than sufficient for the needs of the -civilian- population.

    For 'us' it will happen up close and personal-it will last but a few seconds and it most likely will involve less than two shots fired; IF any are needed at all after we are forced to show a gun....

    Carry what you wish, I fully support anyone to be as grossly overarmed as they feel necessary-after all it will remain the United States of America for a few more months at least...............

    Then again perhaps in a few months even I will wish that we had more available.
     
  9. Zappa

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    These are kinda' cute little pistols, and so dirt cheap, that I may get one just to toss in the tackle box.
    The long magazine looks stupid, much better with the standard length:

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. jkelly1229

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    Yep lol soo close until the box mag
     
  11. a73elkyss

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    Good question. After a back issue (luckily it was not a permanent issue) I tried to pocket or AIWB front right. For me, it just wasn't working out. I know, training and repetitions would be needed to straighten it out, but my hand just goes to about 3:30 without me thinking about it. But the issue did bring out the need to try different positions and also all the crap that we tend to carry around.

    I'm kinda glad I'm not the only one who gets anxious when certain items aren't in their "proper place". ;)

    For me:
    Wallet front right
    IWB 3:30
    Back right pocket empty (back issue related)
    Back left phone
    Left front keys, and small Olight (some people think I'm just happy to see them......I'm not... :eek: )

    This is just me, and is mostly for cooler weather. Really hot weather necessitates adjustments.

    Jay

    Whaco, thank you for your service.
     
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  12. slap shot

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    Picked one up at 619 over the winter. Only pocket pistol I own and I like it. Zero malfunctions after a few hundred rounds of ball and hollow points.

    Edit: just realized I already replied in this thread. Still like the Spectrum
     
  13. sharona

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    I normally don’t carry my bg but after reading this maybe I’ll dig it out of the safe
     
  14. Queen Bee

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    in hot summer days it is a Glock 42
     
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    Had a Ruger; sold it once I got a G43.
     
  16. boscru

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    voted "i would never carry a .380".

    to echo posts in this thread & others---sig938.

    BUT!!!!!! as others have said, a .380 is better than throwing rocks. i agree with that.

    if it works for you, go for it
     
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  17. djbradles

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    I just picked up my Bersa Thunder Combat in .380 today and put 80 rounds through it. I’ve had the Kahr CM9 for a few months now and have carried that everyday. Here’s some comparison shots. The Kahr is much smaller but suffers from no fun at the range. The Bersa is a blast to shoot. The grips are so comfortable and the combat Glock sights are super easy to target in. Both feel about the same weight with full mags. 6+1 in the Kahr but only 7+1 in the Bersa. I can’t get the mag to seat with 8+1. Takedown of the Bersa is much easier with the exposed barrel. And it is just like my 92fs with DA/SA. Very familiar to me.

    I still may carry the Kahr because of its diminutive size.
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  18. djbradles

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    If only we could get the plus in MA.....sigh
     
  19. gerrycaruso

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    I had one and gave it away. I was shooting at a dueling tree with a .380 and it wouldn't spin the plate to the other side. That was enough for me.
     
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  20. drgrant

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    I've had a G42 since it came out, although it's rarely carried now that I have a 43. It runs well though and handles a wide spectrum of ammo. I carried it with underwood +P.

    -Mike
     
  21. APR28

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    Sometimes I feel like a 9...sometimes I dont
    [​IMG]
     
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    Depends on the steel doesn’t it? Dueling trees can have many thicknesses but the backward angle placement makes a big difference. I shoot 5/8” and it will only swing for .45. Didn’t swing barely with the .380. Swing a little with the 9mm.

    Still, if you have .380 running hst you will cavitate your victim quick enough. I’m more interested in that. I’m unbiased wrt calibers right now. I will still run both .380, 9mm, and .45 for my concealed carries based on weather and wear.
     
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    I wanted a Colt Mustang once, back in the day when they were unobtainable in MA. So I bought a P238 instead. I loved that thing, right up until the 938 came out. I like that round better, and it consolidates calibers more effectively for me.

    So I guess I’d say I “would” carry a .380, if there weren’t a more powerful 9mm option available.
     
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    That’s a good choice. Love the Kahr but it’s boutiquish and has some quirks like challenging takedown and dao. It’s light and very small. It also says “Worcester, MA” on it so it stays in my pocket and on my waist.
     
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    The .380 is still too expensive for its attributes. 9mm is king indeed.
     
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    You’re lucky. Sometimes they bounce back and leave a nasty little bruise. :D
     
  27. drgrant

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    I've been hit in the wrist with a flattened 230 gr FMJ .45 and I knew another guy that got hit in the nutsack with one at a bowling pin shoot... [rofl]

    -Mike
     
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    I guess I should elaborate. The .380 was a Glock 42 which shot very well but wouldn't spin the plates. The other was a Ruger LCR in .38 spl. The .38 would spin the plates with standard pressure lead round nose. Both guns belong to my godson so NO I didn't give away a Glock .380.
     
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    My excuse is I owned a 42 before the 43's came out and am to cheap to buy the 43 [rofl]
     
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    I'm now looking into pocket carrying a .380 like S&W Bodyguard. I have been carrying a SA XD mod 2 in .45, IWB, it's awesome but a tad big for summer t-shirts w/o my worrying that I'll be exposed (well not me, but the SA).
     
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