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.380 With the Least Recoil

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by maxsnafu, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    I had a chance to shoot a Walther PK380 and of all the 380's I've owned or shot that ranks number one in my book for lowest felt recoil.

    The Sig P238 also has very light felt recoil.
  2. gazpacho

    gazpacho Well-Known Member

    TC Contender with custom 14" barrel

    Beretta 86
    Taurus PT 59
  3. hammerklavier

    hammerklavier Well-Known Member

    I've fired a Makarov .380 (heavy steel frame) and an LCP, and come to think of it, the LCP had less perceived recoil (blow-back, vs. locked breach).
  4. Armed 24/7

    Armed 24/7 Well-Known Member

    +1 on the Walther PK380
  5. waidmann

    waidmann Well-Known Member

    ^ Beretta 84/85
  6. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Yes, anything locked breech will have less felt recoil for the most part. My Russian commercial Makarov in .380 with Pearce grips is hard to beat though. Probably due to the grips and all steel construction it has a bit less felt recoil than my Beretta M85FS. Both are straight blowbacks, and both are great shooters.
  7. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Just me, Bersa or Beretta
  8. Cactus Jack Arizona

    Cactus Jack Arizona Well-Known Member

    As a few others have mentioned, one of my favorite .380's has been the Bersa Thunder .380 acp. When you add the rubber Bersa grips, the recoil is so light that one could shoot it all day. Well, if the ammo didn't cost so much.

    The Sig P238 was a decent gun, however I always felt that I was going to break the trigger. I hated the trigger. Also the 238, being a shorter barreled firearm to the Bersa Thunder .380, was not as accurate.

    Lastly, others have mentioned the CZ 83. I've never shot the 83 but I've held one at the local gun shop. It has quite a bit of weight to it so I can only imagine that it's felt recoil would even be lighter than the Bersa.
  9. sidheshooter

    sidheshooter Well-Known Member

    Felt recoil is dependent upon a number of things, not just energy vs weight. The softest shooting (or, maybe better put, most *pleasant*) .380 that I have shot is the all-steel 230/232. Darn big for today's .380, but something about the grip angle/shape/width, spring rate, slide, bore axis, or whatever, just works.

    The softest shooting "micro" .380 that I've tried (out of P3AT, LCP, Kahr P380 and even original short PPK) is by far the Sig P238. For some reason, I just never was totally satisfied with the platform, so I sold mine, but it wasn't because it was hard to shoot.

  10. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    Makarov in 380
  11. fatcpa

    fatcpa Well-Known Member

    I've only owned pocket-sized 380's. Just about all of them available over the last 3-4 years. To date, the lightest recoiling is the Sig P238. I also liked the Kahr P380. They are both light guns, but I think a lot has to do with the way they are sprung.
  12. golden

    golden Well-Known Member

    Beretta 84

    I have shot several different different .380ACP pistols and the BERETTA 84 was the softest recoiling to me. However, it is a large gun for this caliber and the wide grip to accommodate the double stack magazine and 1 1/2 pound weight are the reason.
    I also really like the SIG 232 blue frame model with the non fingergrip plastic grips. It weighs 17 ounces, yet the recoil is not wearing at all to me.
    Both are very reliable, accurate and usually have very good triggers.

  13. cwl1862

    cwl1862 Well-Known Member

    I have and do own several 380 autos and the easiest recoiling was my Taurus PT58HC, followed closly by the Beretta 84, Bersa Thunder 380 Plus, and then there is my Colt Govt model 380 and Walther PK380. The worst recoiling of the lot is the LCP but then for such a small pistol there has to be a trade off, light small pistol combined with a cartrige like the 380 and you have got to expect some recoil. and the last although not a 380 it's a 9mm Mak is my CZ83 which is one great little pistol and if the 380 version (CZ82) si anything like its 9 mak brother I would rate it right up there with the PT58HC and Beretta 84. That CZ has one of the sweetest triggers both single and double action that I've ever had the pleasure of shooting.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2012

    TCBPATRIOT Well-Known Member

    PK380 all the way. I shoot my buddies and its a great gun. I just don't like the magazine release at allm probably the same reason why I'm not a huge fan of HK pistols
  15. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    In a larger full-size gun then the Beretta Model 84 or Browning BDA 380. Great for the range and a decent home defense gun. For something a bit smaller for CCW I would go with the Colt Mustang or the SIG P238.
  16. Bohemus

    Bohemus Well-Known Member

  17. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

    My PPK/s isn't bad for blow back due to the weight.Colt govt/mustang series with the locked breech are good for small guns.
  18. Litlman

    Litlman Well-Known Member

    Beretta 84. Lama made one like a mini 1911.
  19. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    I haven't shot them all, but the Star D recoils the least out of all that I have shot.
  20. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    You guys are forgetting the Beretta 86

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