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what 380 is good?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gutterman, Feb 5, 2010.

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  1. gutterman

    gutterman Member

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    give me your opinions on the best 380's for carry(ie. price,concealment,quality etc). I value your opinions-so let me have it.
     
  2. ew2x4

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    My friend carries the Bersa Thunder 380 and loves it.
     
  3. Starter52

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    +1 for the Bersa. For cost and reliability it's the best .380 on the market.
     
  4. Enachos

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    diamondback 380
     
  5. dpeticca

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    I have a Sig P232. It is my best gun.

    It's all metal.
    It's got wood Nills grips that fit my hand like a glove.
    The barrel is slightly longer than other 380's, giving most round a good bit more velocity.
    It is the most accurate gun I have. The straight blowback design is the reason I suspect.


    I keep it in a Galco shoulder holster and I forget it's even there.
     
  6. usp9

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    In no particular order;
    Sig P232, Beretta 84 or 85, Sphinx AT380, HK P7K3, CZ83, Kahr P380, Walther PP/PPK/PPK/s
     
  7. Micro

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    CZ83.
     
  8. D!rty H@rry

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    the sig P238 is rising to the top!
     
  9. H-D Rider

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    Conceal carry

    Bersa 380 Thunder
    Bersa 380 CC :p
    Glock Model 27
    Kel Tec P-11 9mm

    All with ISP Holsters
     
  10. gwnorth

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    Another vote for SIG P232 - superb little pistol. Not as small as the ultralight .380s, but much more "shootable" and IMO, a great size for carry. Available in either an all stainless (which I have) or a lighter stainless slide/alloy frame.
     
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    Why not join the NRA ?

    If you were an NRA member you'd know that American Rifleman just did a cover story on that exact same question!

    :rolleyes:
     
  12. holysmoke

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    380

    Got a Bersa 380--Ruger LCP--and am lusting for a Sig P238 Nitron with Rosewood Grips. LCP is my favorite today--Maybe the P238 tomorrow.
     
  13. gutterman

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    hey rfwobbly-I am an NRA member-just haven't seen the article yet-thanks.
     
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    Beretta 84FS Cheetah.
     
  15. MICHAEL T

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    Bersa in 380 American Rifleman only covered some of the 380's Their a lot of choices out their

    I also don't believe that test was correct All those pistols just happened to have trouble at same time. To many people report never a problem of these brands I have 4 keltecs 3 are couple years old and have never failed 4 th is new but has 50 trouble free rounds down range and wasn't even cleaned just oiled before shooting
    I think test should be done over with different shooter.
     
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    Yet another here in favor of the Bersa.. carrying one now. What it gives up in concealability, it makes up in pointability and grip. It's longer barrel also enhances both sight radius and bullet velocity.
    Of course, there are some comparable guns in both 9x18 Makarov and 9x19 (Parabellum) as well (such as the CZ models). Both are more powerful rounds, and the latter is cheaper and more plentiful than the 380. I carry my Bersa because I don't own any guns in either of those calibers, but I feel just fine with it.
     
  17. rswartsell

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    Everybody talking about .380 when shops haven't seen .380 ammunition to sell you for about a year, At least where I am. I was doing .380 carry years ago. With an FEG Hungarian knockoff of a Walther PPK, I honestly doubt any suggestions here would have served me any better.

    I sold it to a friend with the caveat that if he chooses to sell it I get first dibs. I sold it to him at a bargain price because he needed it. If I get it back I know my .380 needs are well met.
     
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    Mauser Hsc. Excellent design and reliable. Neither of mine have ever failed to work, and an Interarms import can be found for about $300. In my opinion, it is one of the most underrated carry guns out there.
     
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    Beretta 84

    I would go with the BERETTA 84 unless it is too large for your needs.

    It is very, very reliable with a nice trigger and its large size for a .380 means that you have a grip you can hold onto, a 13 round magazine, good sights and a choice of "COCKED AND LOCKED" or traditional double action/single action carry.

    If the grip is too large, you might try the model 85 with a single collum magazine.

    Jim
     
  20. AirForceShooter

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    Forget about which gun.
    Can you get ammo??

    AFS
     
  21. Bill B.

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    The Sig is the Caddy of the .380's. My Sig. 230 is accurate enough to hit a pop can at 25 yards about ever shot. The Kel Tech & Ruger & others my be easier to conceal but I don't think there are many that will match the Sig for accuracy.
     
  22. Plain Old Bill

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    Beretta 84 and Mauser HsC. The Beretta is the cream of the .380 crop, and the Mauser is not far behind. I carry both, and have for decades.
     
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    I often carry a Beretta M85FS (single stack version of the 84). Its a little slimmer. Great choice.
     
  24. gwnorth

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    Ammo availability seems to vary tremendously around the country though. For myself, I have little trouble finding it in the last 5-6 months. There seems to be a fair bit of WWB, Remington, and I picked up 100rnds of golden sabers a few weeks back and they had a full shelf of it. Another local store had stacks of Gold Dots a couple of weeks ago. All had enough .380 FMJ that they were no longer restricting purchasers to just two boxes, which they had been doing through the first half of last year.
     
  25. Mad Magyar

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    PPK....Don't leave home w/o it....Some say too heavy for pocket carry: hogwash!:)
     
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