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Potential Carry? LCP or wait for LC380?

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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:07 AM   #1
 
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Potential Carry? LCP or wait for LC380?

I like the LCP but the grip is too small for my mitt; I'd have to get a grip extension.

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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:36 AM   #2
 
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My personal opinion is the 380 is for tiny pistols. If you need a bigger gun than the LCP for your hands, I'd suggest a bigger caliber as well. I personally don't see the point of a 380 that's the same size as a 9mm or bigger. With any gun, it's all about trade offs. Bigger gun = less concealable. Bigger caliber = fewer rounds. With the LC380 you're giving up the benefit of a tiny gun but not gaining anything in caliber. Just my opinion.

Not to mention 380 is expensive to shoot compared to others.

I have the LCP which I use when my preferred carry guns don't fit my attire. The LCP fits anywhere which is why I have it, otherwise I use a bigger caliber.
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All good points.

My first thought is, as far as a carry, God forbid, one should hope you only need one or two shots to get out of a situation.
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stormgade4: My hands are also too big to hold an LCP comfortably, even w/ a grip extension, & I just plain do not care for the 9x19mm cartridge (a long, boring story which would be out of place in this thread). As such I wound up buying a Sig P232 (which is .380 ACP), & I love it. I'm curious to see if I can wield the (slightly smaller) LC380 as efficiently, though.

If I were you I'd try to take a live fire "test drive" of both the LC9 & LC380, & purchase whichever you can shoot most accurately. If that's an LC9, so be it. In any event, don't let anyone talk you out of .380 ACP if it's what works best you. Better a .380 ACP (or any other caliber) that you enjoy firing, & fire well, than a 9x19mm (or any other caliber) that you do not.
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If the LCP is too small then go w/ the LC9. Cheaper ammo, better ballistics, same size. Unless you're really recoil sensitive, the LC380 is pointless IMO.
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The LC380 has many advantages over the LCP. Real sights, an extra round, last shot hold open, a grip you can hold onto, reduced recoil, and a slide that is easier to rack. You do give up the ability to pocket carry with the LC380.
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If the LCP is too small then go w/ the LC9. Cheaper ammo, better ballistics, same size. Unless you're really recoil sensitive, the LC380 is pointless IMO.
I simply dont understand this logic. I shot my Bersa Thunder and my Sig P238 today, both 380acp and both larger than the LCP. The LC380 will fall in between the Sig and the Bersa in size. The Bersa holds 10 rounds, the Sig, 8. The 380 acp and the 38 special are effectively equal in performance, but no one thinks a 5 shot snub chambered in 38 special is pointless. How can my Bersa Thunder with twice the capacity, or the Sig or Ruger LC380 with 8 rounds, be pointless? Not everybody wants a tiny pistol, with no sights, a terrible trigger, no last shot hold open, 7 rounds, and difficulty getting fast, accurate follow up shots off.
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If you are considering the LC380, I would go with the LC9. I just got one recently. I am still interested in the LCP, even though it's a smaller caliber, it is easier to conceal with certain attire.

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Ever consider a .38 or .357 LCR?
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Ever consider a .38 or .357 LCR?
Also an excellent idea. They're eminently concealable, but feel a lot better in my hand than the LCP.
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Ever consider a .38 or .357 LCR?
I agree.
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Make that one more agreement that the 38 or 357 LCR is a better option.
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I simply dont understand this logic. I shot my Bersa Thunder and my Sig P238 today, both 380acp and both larger than the LCP. The LC380 will fall in between the Sig and the Bersa in size. The Bersa holds 10 rounds, the Sig, 8. The 380 acp and the 38 special are effectively equal in performance, but no one thinks a 5 shot snub chambered in 38 special is pointless. How can my Bersa Thunder with twice the capacity, or the Sig or Ruger LC380 with 8 rounds, be pointless? Not everybody wants a tiny pistol, with no sights, a terrible trigger, no last shot hold open, 7 rounds, and difficulty getting fast, accurate follow up shots off.
The logic is that it's pointless to carry a .380 if you can carry a 9mm in (practically) the same pistol, unless you're recoil sensitive.
In other words, all other things the same, why would you carry a .380 instead of a 9mm unless you're recoil sensitive?
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The LC380 has many advantages over the LCP. Real sights, an extra round, last shot hold open, a grip you can hold onto, reduced recoil, and a slide that is easier to rack. You do give up the ability to pocket carry with the LC380.
Exactly; you nailed it. Many are carrying .22 because they cannot handle a 9 mm well. The LC380 may be a perfect blend.

Besides, it is an easy transition for Ruger. If it sells they have a winner; if it doesn't they are out nothing.
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I carry my Browning BDA .380 13+1 in the winter and I carry my Sig P238 7+1 in the summer. I have shot and carried the PT111 Millennium Pro, S&W MP 40, Delta Elite, Sig P220 Elite, Bersa Thunder, and a Colt 1911. I have never felt under powered carrying my Browning BDA or my Sig P238 I find them lighter and easier to carry. As far as expense I reload all my own so get off the expense as being as reason not to get a .380 just start reloading your own and they way the price of ammo is now its a wash anyway I can find .380 rounds just as cheap as 9mm. I find them a pleasure to shoot and you can shoot them all day. As far as the LC 380 is concern I'll be getting one as soon as they come in and replace my Browning BDA for winter carry.
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