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Best handgun in .380 Auto for concealed carry?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mark-Smith, May 8, 2011.

  1. Mark-Smith

    Mark-Smith Well-Known Member

    The wife never enjoyed shooting my Glock 26 9mm, but after trying out a friend's Walther PK380, she loved it. Except that it had a lot of issues with jamming, FTF, FTE, etc.

    Maybe just a bad instance, but for CC, you really want to have something you can absolutely depend on to work on that first shot and through the rest of the next two mags if need be.

    Is there anything out there in .380 Auto that is great for concealed carry - works in after being stored in adverse conditions for months, dependable and has a happy magazine size?
  2. gohogs93

    gohogs93 Well-Known Member

    Kahr P380, Ruger LCP, Kel Tec P3AT, and Colt Mustang are all good choices. The Sig P238 has had its issues but I think they've all been worked out.
  3. helitack32f1

    helitack32f1 Well-Known Member

    My wife used to use a Glock 23 but cannot do so any longer so I got her a PK380. In the brief shooting we have done, there have been no failures at all. A recent magazine test of all the little .380's showed failures with all of them if I remember correctly. It seems as though the .380's all need a break in period, especially the smaller ones. The PK380 is a great little gun for those who may not be able to pull the slide back on other guns and those who like limited recoil. As long as you can get it to be reliable for you.
  4. toivo

    toivo Well-Known Member

  5. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

  6. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    If I were currently in the market for a .380 for concealed carry, I suppose the Rohrbaugh R380 would probably qualify as the best. If I was looking for something a little more affordable I would consider the Kahr P380 and the SIG P-238. After that, the Ruger LCP, KelTecP3AT, the S&W Bodyguard 380, the Taurus TCP, and the new Colt Mustang would be next on my list of .380's to consider.
  7. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    If reliability is paramount, and it always is in a CCW, then it's hard to not consider the Beretta 84 or 85. These are very reliable, easy shoot well and accurate, but a tad bit hard to load as the slide is harder to rack tan some.

    The Sig P232 is another excellent choice for a reliable pistol. It too suffers from "heavy slide" syndrome, but makes up gor it in other ways.

    My brother recently bought his wife a PK380. They seem to like it. I don't know how reliable it is been though.

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    I have a Walther PPK in .380---kel-tec P3AT-Sig P-238
    I carry( summer) off & on--P3-AT & P-238
  9. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Well-Known Member

    If you have the budget... Sig P232
    If you don't... Bersa Thunder 380 Concealed Carry

    (yeah yeah yeah, the Bersa's not an "heirloom quality" firearm, I know).
  10. OldStumps

    OldStumps Well-Known Member

    P3AT - I've looked at a lot of posts in just about every group I can find. Also have a Micro Eagle and a Beretta 84. But the P3AT is so small and light that you really can stick it anywhere. People I've talked to that own them never leave them at home. Shoot it alot, including dry firiing with snap cap. Keep them clean and lubed. Mine takes anything I feed it. If I wanted more gun I'd stick with the KelTec line and take my P40.
  11. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    The Sig P232 or P238. I just bought the P238 and love this pistol. It is very reliable and controllable for a pocket gun. Since it is a recoil operated/locked breech design and not a blowback (as most 380's are), the perceived recoil is very light. I believe that this gives the the P238 a big advantage since small 380's can be quite snappy and a bit difficult to control, especially for those with large hands who can't get a good grip on a small pistol.
  12. Davejb

    Davejb Active Member

    For concealment something the size of the LCP is probably the best, but accuracy and range enjoyability can suffer with a gun that small. For a good shooter thats going to be fun the Bersa Thunder 380 is a great bargain, but for concealability it's quite a bit larger then the LCP. I can put hundreds of rounds through my Bersa with no problem, but 50 is about all I can do with my LCP.
  13. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Well-Known Member

    I carry a p238 and my wife carries a mustang. If i were to get one to replace mine. It would be a kahr all the way
  14. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    For the money and absolute reliability...Bersa Thunder .380 if you must carry a .380.

    Insure that she has a high quality HP in at least 90 to 95 grain.
  15. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    I have a P3At that rides in my right pocket most of the time.

    For "dressy" I have a Colt 80 Series .380.
  16. Stealth01

    Stealth01 Well-Known Member

    In pocket my LCP, on my waist my Sig P238 Equinox (little heavy for the pocket IMO), when I'm serious... my Wilson Combat Bill Wilson Carry 45 ACP!
  17. BIGGBAY90

    BIGGBAY90 Well-Known Member

    Astra constable two in (.380 cal)
  18. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Sunday go to church gun = Bersa 380 CC model. Lots of rounds no problems.

    or a smith 649 :)
  19. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    It's a tad heavy, but I carry mine in my pocket all of the time (front or back, but mostly back pocket).
  20. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    Depends on how she wants to carry it. If in a pocket, one of the smaller pocket autos would work great. I can't comment on the function of anything but my LCP, but it works well. It's a little difficult to shoot, but the reliability has been 100%.

    If carrying in a purse or OWB/IWB, then I'd probably go with a Bersa instead.

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