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Recommend a FULL SIZE .380 ACP pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kannonfyre, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. kannonfyre

    kannonfyre Well-Known Member

    Where I live, the government specifies that they will only consider a handgun possession permit (CCW is IMPOSSIBLE to obtain) if the barrel is at least 4"s or more. With this in mind, what would you guys recommend for a good, reliable and durable pistol chambered in .380 ACP that has at least a 4" barrel length?
  2. kentucky_smith

    kentucky_smith Well-Known Member

    Colt 1903 is the only thing that comes to mind.
  3. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I just looked in my Beretta 84FS manual and it indicates the barrel length is only 3.81 inches. However, they also list a model I have never heard of here in the USA, but they may sell it in your country. Its an 83F and has a 4 inch barrel.
  4. Rescue

    Rescue Active Member

    Taurus PT58 has a 4" barrel.

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  5. Mot45acp

    Mot45acp Well-Known Member

    Are the laws also along the lines of "No military calibers" Hence the .380 parameters?

    A lil more info please.
  6. grimjaw

    grimjaw Well-Known Member

    I'm not certain, but I think the 1903/1908 went to 3.75" barrels by the time they were chambered for .380 ACP.

    You *could* get a Makarov PM, and then get an extended barrel here. That gives you a 4.5 .380 ACP barrel out of a still fairly compact pistol (if a bit heavy). Wouldn't cost that much for pistol or the new barrel.

  7. HisSoldier

    HisSoldier Well-Known Member

    Kind of a collector now, but the High Standard G380, the only centerfire pistol they made, made for only three years I think. The barrel may be just 4". I've wanted one for a while since I have a pile of .380's. My Star model S has a 4" barrel, by actual measure it is 3 15/16"
  8. Josh Aston

    Josh Aston Well-Known Member

    Glock 25?
  9. Jackal

    Jackal Well-Known Member

    I would say a CZ-83, but it has a 3.5" barrel.:(
  10. hexidismal

    hexidismal Well-Known Member

    As Pilot said, the 84FS has a 3.8" barrel. The 86FS on the other hand has a 4.4" barrel, and the 83FS has the 4". They tend to be excellent guns. I prefer the Beretta models to the similar Browning BDAs just for the frame mounted safety, as opposed to the slide mounted safety of the Browning.

    Where's that ?
  11. Pat Cannon

    Pat Cannon Well-Known Member

    I don't get why a full sized .380 would even exist, unless it's the only ammo you can get. Personally I have a pistol for home defense mainly because I can also carry it. If you want a purely home defense weapon, why not a 12 gauge shotgun? As far as effectiveness goes, it'd be on another level from any handgun.

    If you do have your heart set on a handgun, what about a .38 Special revolver?
  12. DENALI

    DENALI member

    Your only option based on your statements would be the Glock-25 and as far as .380's go you'll never do better......................
  13. biscuitninja

    biscuitninja Well-Known Member

    Humm... good question. I'd probably look at Colt 1911 in Super .38. Anyways good luck
  14. Gary in Pennsylvania

    Gary in Pennsylvania Well-Known Member

    Doesn't matter. I'd still say it anyway. :cool:
  15. golden

    golden Well-Known Member

    Browning 1971

    This was the old BROWNING 1910 with a 4.5 inch barrel and target sights. It was made in order to get around U.S. import restrictions against small handguns.
  16. weisse52

    weisse52 Well-Known Member

    IT would be helpful to know if the 380 is dictated becuause of a requrement for non-military. IF so, the 38 Super suggestion is excellent.

    A 4" 380 is going to be hard to find....I think.
  17. grimjaw

    grimjaw Well-Known Member

    golden, I had totally forgotten the 1971, shame on me! That's the year I was born. ;)

  18. boalex207

    boalex207 Well-Known Member

    GLOCK 25. Not available in the United States, but I gather you live abroad.
  19. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    HK P7 K3 has a 4.1" barrel, but they're mighty hard to find. Maybe a threaded barrel for a Beretta 84f would suffice.
  20. kannonfyre

    kannonfyre Well-Known Member

    Clarification of parameters

    To one and all:

    The stipulation of a 4" barrel or more applies to all pistol possesion permits issued in Singapore. The police regard short barrelled pistols as CCW pieces and since CCW licenses are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to obtain, they refuse to approve a license of a short barreled revolver or pistol.

    No, there is no non military calibers only stipulation. Some folks here, after shelling out major license fees and waiting many weeks have gotten permission for the occasional 9mm, .40S+W and .45ACP handgun strictly for IPSC use only (race gun models).

    The reason I have asked for a .380 auto full sized handgun is that I shoot best with handguns averaging about 200ft/lbs of muzzle energy or slightly less. Hence, i'm looking for a self shucking handgun that can manage decent double or tripple taps at 15 yards w/o the shooter having to practice like a maniac or be built like a pro wrestler.

    To all who would ask me to consider a heavy 9mm pistol:

    Been there done that 1 year ago. I can manage a 4" group under slow fire conditions at 15 yards but when double taps are attempted, the groups can best be described as "minute of FAT BLOATED couch potato". I shot a walther P88 but even with a CZ-85, the double tap groups were only slightly better.

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