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Old May 17th, 2012, 11:16 AM   #1
 
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Question on the .380 pistol

Narrowed it down to 4 pistols. The Diamond Back .380 the Keltec .380 the Ruger LCP and the Taurus TCP. Least expensive and good reviews on the Keltec similar to the LCP. Taurus is there too with 2 mags the Diamond Back new pistol looks like a mini Glock. What are your opinions going tomorrow to pick one up want to see what you are thinking ???



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I am still a fan of the ppk for 380 caliber. It is slightly larger and it is far more shootable.
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I did a lot of homework before I bought my mouse gun, in the end I bought the Taurus TCP
1 Best, smoothest, lightest trigger in the group by far. Don't take my word for it, dry fire them all at the dealer and see for yourself.
2 Last round hold open of the slide.
3 Slide lock on side of gun.
4 And as you noted they come with 2 mags.
Had about 3 malfunctions in the first 200 rounds or so, since then it's been completely flawless.
I added a Crimson Trace laser, and magazine pinky extensions I got from some guy on ebay.
It's my main concealed carry piece down here in FL. I'm not a big guy to begin with but I can just drop the TCP in a Uncle Mikes pocket holster in my front or back pocket of my shorts and it completely disappears.
I love it, for me it's the perfect CCW.
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I did a lot of homework before I bought my mouse gun, in the end I bought the Taurus TCP
1 Best, smoothest, lightest trigger in the group by far. Don't take my word for it, dry fire them all at the dealer and see for yourself.
2 Last round hold open of the slide.
3 Slide lock on side of gun.
4 And as you noted they come with 2 mags.
Had about 3 malfunctions in the first 200 rounds or so, since then it's been completely flawless.
I added a Crimson Trace laser, and magazine pinky extensions I got from some guy on ebay.
It's my main concealed carry piece down here in FL. I'm not a big guy to begin with but I can just drop the TCP in a Uncle Mikes pocket holster in my front or back pocket of my shorts and it completely disappears.
I love it, for me it's the perfect CCW.
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You da man. Read my mind I have been hard on that gun. I have the PT709 slim love it and I like the idea of the slide open and the 2 mags. I am looking at $289 delivered and I believe when I go there that is the one. All at the LGS like the Ruger but to me it looks like the Keltec so if I like the Ruger spend less and get the Keltec so I am gong to look at those 2 tomorrow but I think I am leaning toward the Taurus. I do not like pocket carry so IWB or on the belt it is small enough that if I wear on the belt still will be well concealed I believe. What SD ammo you are using and range ammo???
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You over looked the Bodyguard .380. I have fired the LCP and now have the BG. I qualified right out of the box with the BG without any problems. It's very light and very concealable. The internal laser is an added extra. More of a toy, but still fun. Very affordable as well..downside is one mag with gun. But, just add another when you buy it. Slide lock on the gun. Very nice sights for the small sized gun. Just my opinion.
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I have the Kel-Tec P3AT. It used to be my daily carry piece, but I've since started carrying my SR9c. I still carry the Kel-Tec once in a while if I'm wearing clothes that just won't let me conceal the larger Ruger.

The little Kel-Tec does shoot every time if I can remember not to limp wrist it. If I start getting a wobbly wrist it will stovepipe a lot. It has a long and heavy trigger pull and no real sights to speak of, but it is a mouse gun so I really can't expect too much.

Despite a lot of range time with the Kel-Tec, I'm still not very accurate with it even at 15 -20 yard targets. My Ruger can almost punch out the same hole at those ranges, so I guess I'd rather use it than the Kel-Tec. I'd say that most of the reason for that is trigger pull.

Still, I do still like the Kel-Tec even though it isn't my regular carry gun anymore. It isn't that the Kel-Tec is all that bad, it is just that the SR9c's trigger is so much better that I'm vastly more accurate with it. If I was in the market to buy another mouse gun in .380, it would most likely be a toss-up between the Ruger LCP and the Kel-Tec. I don't know much about the LCP's trigger characeristics.
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My advice is to hold them at the gun shop and see which one feels the best to you. In short let it pick you.
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I have an LCP.
I just bought the Sig P238. Yes it is more expensive but unless you have fired one you don't know why.
I get better groups with my Sig than I did with my LCP with a CT laser sight.
It is an amazing little gun. Just a bit heavier but basically the same size.
Much much easier to shoot.
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After two years of carry and many range trips, I'll stick with my good 'ol LCP thank you! Oh, bye the way, it's a Ruger!!!!!!
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What SD ammo you are using and range ammo???
Honestly, nothing special.
I've got Federal Champions in the mags right now, and Magtech, Herters Brass Case, and Sellier&Bellot on the shelf right now. All plain ole round nose ball.
I shot enough of all the above to know it will all run 100% reliably in my TCP, but I am a bit partial to Federal, mainly cause it's made in the USA and that's what I keep in the gun for carry. The rest is just for range practice.
In almost every case any semi-auto will it's most reliably with FMJ ball.

Lastly I don't mean to brag but I've been hand-gunning for right around 50 years now and I know I can hit what I aim at. With one in the pipe and 6 in the mag, I can double tap two bad guys to the chest and put one in eachs forehead and they aren't going to walk away, even have a round left over just in case. LOL
All kidding aside I really believe it's the shooters accuracy that's important, not some fancy high tech and priced ammo.
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I'm a fan of the Ruger. I have the SR40 and SR40c. I would actually like to pic up an even smaller Ruger just for the helluvit. Can we say that in this forum? Anyway - if you go with the LCP or any of those others, you can see what laser sights are available at Laser Sight Pro
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I recently chose between a Ruger LCP, Kel-Tec,3AT, and a Taurus TCP 738.

I chose the Taurus, it had the best trigger (dry fired), slide stop, and a lifetime warranty. It shoots very well for a pistol so small, it will FTF if limp wristed, but is very reliable once you understand that it needs to be shot with a firm wrist.

By the way, mine came with only one magazine, and the plastic it came in with instructions, blued slide $190.
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Narrowed it down to 4 pistols. The Diamond Back .380 the Keltec .380 the Ruger LCP and the Taurus TCP. Least expensive and good reviews on the Keltec similar to the LCP. Taurus is there too with 2 mags the Diamond Back new pistol looks like a mini Glock. What are your opinions going tomorrow to pick one up want to see what you are thinking ???
Let me get this straight: You are having problems with your LC9 in another thread, and now you want to again go cheap on a .380 pistol?

The new Diamond Back may look like a "mini Glock", but it's not.
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My choice was between a P3AT and an LCP. The decision was made easy when I got offered a barely used (sub 50 round) LCP for less than a new P3AT.

Zero regrets on the LCP so far. I have about 300 rounds through it with zero malfunctions. I carry it daily and trust my life with it.
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I traded my LCP for a Kahr P380 with a C.T. laser and it is now my EDC. Works great with light clothing in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. The trigger pull is a bit long, but it is so smooth it is hardly noticeable by most. The smooth trigger along with good sights makes the P380 easier to shoot accurately than most other small .380s. If you haven't tried a Kahr you owe it to yourself to do so.

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