I am very happy to read all of your responses. The High Road has largely supplanted reading gun-magazines for me. I'd appreciate your answers to one or all of the questions. I honestly don't want to get mired in a .380 vs. 9mm argument. Do you have a favorite defensive ammo brand and bullet type? - Currently I use over the counter SIG SAUER Elite performance FMJ ammo. Somebody once told me he preferred ball in the winter and expanding tips in the spring, summer, and fall. Seems to resonate. What do you consider to be maximum effective range for accurate grouping? I have always practiced at closer ranges - say 3, 5, 10 yards and such. Friends have suggested 20 - 30 yards as a maximum. What is your experience? What is your favorite mode of carry for a .380? I have always used a pocket holster. I have one made by Alabama and I love it. I do not think it is tactically the most efficient. I would especially enjoy hearing from those who have try different carry methods to see what you liked the best. Do you have an opinion on a best and worst .380 to shoot? I realize this is very subjective. Of guns I have personally owned and used the Bersa Thunder was my least favorite and the Glock 42 top choice. I have also used the S&W Bodyguard and the SIG P-238. I like them both very much. (I think the Bersa is fine too - it just my last choice of those listed) Anything I didn't ask about the .380 but should have? Please feel free to comment. Thank you all!