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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Readyrod, Aug 27, 2017.

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  1. 340PD

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    I just sold my Seecamp .32 in favor of a LCPII. The Seecamp is a beautifully made pistol but it just did not fit my hand well. The Ruger is not much larger and you can own two for the price of one Seecamp.
     
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    The. 32 ACP fired from a Kel Tec P32 will have less perceived recoil than a. 380 fired from an LCP. I have my P32 loaded with Fiocchi 73 gr. FMJ. I want the penetration. The. 380 hollow points will most likely not give you the desired 12 to 18 inch penetration with the possible exception of the Underwood round which I have not yet tested in my LCP . So for now I favor FMJ in my LCP. One or the other of the above mentioned pistols are usually carried as a BUG to my Smith 442 and rarely as a primary.
     
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  3. If1HitU

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    My mouse guns are my Cobra .38 Special derringer, and S&W M&P BG .380.Semi Auto.
     
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    LCP, PM9, XDS.
     
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    Can't remember if I mentioned the Smith 22 Escort I keep in my front pocket....

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    Keltec P32 here with Fiochhi ball ammo, when I go light.
     
  7. will11

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    Another Kel Tec P32 fan here. And if I remember right the .32ACP is a John Browning creation. I can carry it in a front pocket in a holster in what ever I wish to wear. And it is a very controllable pistol. Shot placement is the most important thing to me not the size of the bullet. I love large caliber firearms as much as anybody but I like to be able to pack a mouse gun and go anywhere with it and feel confident that no one knows I am carrying a firearm.

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  8. PabloJ

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    If I had to do it all over again I would pick FEG .380 with six shot magazines. It was like Walther PPKS except smaller and the frame was light alloy instead of steel. The gun was chambered for 7,65, 9x17 and 9x18. The 9x17 was perfect blend of compactness as well as usefulness. LGS had one in great shape with two magazines for $229 which was impossible to beat for reliable "mouse gun".
     
  9. webrx

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    LCP or P238, the lcp is lighter and easier to slip in a pocket (with holster of course) and not be obvious, I can carry it almost anywhere. The P238 is a pleasure to shoot and has about half the felt recoil to me. Mine is the army version with the fatter grip so it does not hide as well and I carry it OWB with the included holster that came with the gun.

    My wife has carpal tunnel, and shoots her rosewood p238 without issue. while it cost twice as much as the lcp, it is a much nicer gun and has a really good trigger - much better than the lcp ;)

    I dont have an issue with the recoil of the lcp, I added a stronger spring and an SS guide rod which made it nicer to shoot and extremely reliable, I cant recall the last time I had an issue with it in over 3 years and several hundred down the pipe.

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  10. MTNSTRYDER

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    A NNA 22mag has been on my body except when sleeping or in the water for 30 years.I wear around my neck or some where on me and it has swam more than once it even fits in Scottie under wear pockets .
    It’s not a mouse gun it’s my always have a gun gun.Skunks, rabid animals,porcupines it has done very well.
     
  11. dirtman

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    Right on MtN, naa's are great guns mine has been in salt water more then couple times..
     
  12. Count Les Neins

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    Haven't shot 380, ever.
    That said, I've recently gotten into 32ACP, and it handles well, and puts rounds on target. I have shot a few short barreled pistols
    in larger calibers. Muzzle flip, muzzle blast, and recoil is miserable. If you are going to adopt the 2X45ACP routine, be sure to practice
    at close range.
    Given a choice between a lighter alternative, and a high caliber derringer, I'd take a 9 shot 22LR revolver.
     
  13. Zerodefect

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    +1. Which is why I avoid every pistol mentioned in this thread. Anything smaller than a Glock 43 doesn't work for me. Anyone try the BUG class in IDPA? It's an eye opener. My Kahr p380 and J-frame are worthless. I consider my deep concealment mouseguns, "knifes" or less. Against any competent shooter, I'm toast.

    That's assuming a regular mugging or such. What about a rage filled guy that doesn't like your choice in new girlfriends?

    Or the aloha snackbars. They're coming, and they hate us. Dying in the process of killing us is one of their favorite pastimes. They aren't going to give up from a few .32 hits.
     
  14. grampajack

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    You might try to find a G42 to rent, or borrow one from a friend. It's making believers out of a lot of people who didn't like .380 subcompacts.
     
  15. chicharrones

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    lol :D

    I had to figure that snackbar comment out. After I stopped laughing, I wondered what cartridge would stop any of those type of attacks with the type of weaponry they're willing to use?
     
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    Before I even thought of a G42 with a almost 6" barrel, I am going with a Small 9mm all day long. That said, 380, is nothing to sneeze at. Especially if you have a pocket gun that you train often with. They can be quick and deadly for sure. Also a nice 9mm revolver like the LCR is a great choice. I carry a Great Pocket gun all the Time and during winter carry it and a small 9/
     
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    Jeb Stuart writes:

    I agree that the G42 is hardly a subcompact in the same way as a LCP, for example, is, but at 3.25 inches in length, the barrel is hardly "a almost 6" barrel."

    Were you meaning to refer to the pistol's overall length? Yes, it's near enough to the size of my PF9 that I wouldn't switch the KT for it for pocket-carry.
     
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    .40 is going to come back into style when they start wearing phone books for armor and french bread for a helmet.
     
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    Lol, of course meant total length. 5.94 total to be exact. I am sure they are fine weapons, but I just do not see the Point when you can get a sub-compact 9 at close to the same length and weight. The is a great benefit to a true pocket gun. And with proper practice and training, they can be quick to draw, accurate and deadly. I have had a LC9 since they first came out, a truly fine gun, but still really desire to have a Kimber Micro 9 or maybe a Kahr CM9, and the Pico for a Backup.
    Or if you prefer, carry a Pocket gun with your G42. Just not for me. And that Pico will alway's be with me, not matter what I carry.
     
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  20. Count Les Neins

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    Don't use .380, because I am a clutz. Eventually, I would load a 9X19mm into a 380, and beep-beep, BOOM! It surely is a decent caliber, I am
    just not looking forward to blowing my hand off, due to my own stupidity.
     
  21. redbullitt

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    LCP or similar would be my choice there, BUT out of what you listed I would prefer the NAA, especially if it is one with actual sights. I have never been able to shoot a derringer worth a darn... May as well throw it in my hands. The sighted NAA or LCP however I can hit things with for sure!
     
  22. grampajack

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    9mm won't chamber in .380. It will work the other way around, but it doesn't cause a kaboom. It just won't cycle.

    I really can't think of many calibers though that won't chamber something similar, and some of those WILL blow up without fail. 300 BLK in a .223 is a prime example. You just have to be careful with guns, that's all there is to it.

    For the record, I can't think of anything that will chamber in a .380 that will blow it up. At least nothing common that's likely to just be running around your range bag. So that's probably a relatively safe caliber in that regard. But again, vigilance is what it's all about.
     
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