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Old March 6th, 2013, 05:17 AM   #1
 
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Best .380 Out There (For the Money)

So I have discovered a trend within myself that the new gun excitement wears off after about 3 months and I always find myself looking for my next purchase. The .380 has caught my attention and I would like to pose the question, "Which .380 is the best for the money?"

I am looking to stay around the $400 range. I really like the Sig P238, but those are a little out of the price range. One more stipulation is that even though the gun will not be my primary carry (Which is a SR1911), I would like the gun to have decent sights and can function as a CC if need be.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.



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Old March 6th, 2013, 05:19 AM   #2
 
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"Which .380 is the best for the money?"
Ask 10 guys that question and you just may get 20 different answers. The answer[s] could/would depend on several variables. Specific needs/uses. Brand loyalities. Limitation[s] of the owner to be. And so on and on. For example I have a good friend who traded in a perfectly [like new really] Walther PPKS on a new Walther PK380. Some will scream stupidity. The reality was, he could no longer rack the slide on the PPKS but the PK380 has one of the easiest to rack slides out there.

Now take my need/preference, and so on. I wouldn't think of a PK380 for my use because if I'm going to carry that large a pistol it's not going to be a 380, thank you. I'll stick with my little LCP, thank you. Is the LCP a "better" pistol than the PK380? All other considerations aside, it's definitely better FOR MY NEEDS and PREFERENCES.

Now if I was going to get a 380 for my wife I'd the Walther PK380 would certainly be high up on my list. She could rack the slide without any trouble and the perceived recoil is much less than with my LCP.

Now, there's only two 380s and three people. There's several more excellent 380s and a few million people with a few million opinions to go.
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@Trucker, your comment has me thinking even more about variables and whatnot. I am a 22 year old male so slide tension really isn't an issue. I also would like a relatively nice trigger. I don't want to feel as though I am shooting a plastic pop gun.
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The LCP or a little bigger, the LC380, staying in the Ruger family.

Outside that, the Sig P238. I know you said $400, but my package was $489+shipping+FFL Xfer. You would love it because it's a mini-1911 SA you carry cocked & locked, just like a SR1911.

Outside of that, I have a Taurus 738 TCP($200) that I have 500 rounds through & enjoy. It has a great DA trigger & has been very reliable & the slide locks back on the last round. You also get a lifetime warranty & 1 year NRA membership.

Now, I own all the above(LCP, TCP, P238x2) Get the Sig P238, you won't regret it.

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I think some would agree with me that a Bersa Thunder is a very decent "value-priced" .380. Handles nicely, accurate, reliable. I've also got a Sig P232, which I think is really one of the best .380s around, not sure that it is worth twice the Bersa, though.

Mine look like the photos below, both are two-tones with alloy frames (Sig makes a steel frame model, which while heavier for carry, some prefer for absorbing recoil.)

I should note that some are not that fond of either of these, reasoning for a gun this size, they would prefer a 9mm. Can't really argue with that, but both the Bersa and the Sig are great to "handle", promoting ease of use and accuracy. JMO.

If buying today, would probably also consider the compact Ruger model, the LCP, but I sort of like metal guns.




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Kahr P380 in DAO or Sig 238 in SA. Both top quality and design, best rated by reputable blogs and reviews, but both expensive.
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Another vote for the Sig P238. I love mine. It's like a baby 1911.
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The best functioning .380 out there is a Beretta 84fs. But, it's alot more than $400, and a bit big for carry..............I carry a S&W Bodyguard.....built better than the Ruger(sorry) better trigger, better sights, substantial feel for a pocket rocket. I have used WWB 95 gr., and Rem. UHD 102 gr. jhp without any hiccups.
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I'd say the LCP in that budget. If a pistol was any larger I would rather have a different caliber.
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The best functioning .380 out there is a Beretta 84fs. But, it's alot more than $400, and a bit big for carry..
And a similar version is the Browning BDA.



I had a BG380 and carried it. Excellent pocket gun. Sold it to a friend who liked it more than I did. I have also carried my PPK and PPK/S .380s, but they're pretty heavy too and getting more expensive, especially the ones that aren't made by S&W.
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I'' give another vote for the little Kahr, the P380 is expensive, but the slightly less finished and machined CW380 is a heck of alot of gun for the money, and should land right around that $400 mark. I personally think the Ruger auto triggers break too far back, so i really love the smooth Kahr trigger. Add to that the fact that it has REAL sights on top, not just a machined groove in the slide and its a great carry gun. For just a tiny tiny increase in size you can step up to the CM9 or CM40 and get one serious hideout gun that really is not much bigger than most pocket autos.
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I'd say P238 but I won the one I have. I'd have never considered even buying one until I won the one I have now. I find myself carrying it more than anything these days. Since I do carry it as much as I do, I sent the slide to Sig and had their night sights installed.
I just got the slide back yesterday.
I won a Springfield XD9 sub-compact about the same time. I'm thinking about turning it into a carry piece too. I just picked up a pancake holster for it.
I won a Kimber Custom Crimson Carry II a bit later. That's a sweet pistol but a bit big for me to carry.
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I own 3 380's The next one on my short list will be the New Colt Mustang $499 at my LGS before the shortage.
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I would go with the less expensive Kahr a great gun with a few changes cosmetic and othrwise that will make no differnce in use. I would however just put in my 2 cents froone of Ruger's revolvers. The LCR or the sp101. I love snub revolvers for concealled carry but I am an old fart of 56.
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