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Old 11-11-2012, 11:56 AM   #1
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Default YaGunT: Recommend pocket sized .380

Looking for a jeans pocket gun for ccw.

Fired the Ruger LCP and the Taurus .380 over the weekend.

LCP:
Sights suck
slide doesnt stay open after you empty your mag
super looooooooooooong trigger pull.. uggg

Taurus .380:
better sights
trigger pull isnt as long
cheaper. ($180 on Black Friday)

omg.. why all the LCP fans!? The Taurus was better.

So other .380s you recommend?


edit:
Is there a range in northern va/MD that rents various .380?
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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The LCP is not a target pistol. Its for saving your life when some nut job leaps on you.
Its also a little more reliable than the Taurus. Which is tantamount to your survival.

And yes, at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly you can rent many guns, including several 380's. Also the guys up there arent assholes and will be genuinely nice to you if asking for assistance in weapon selection.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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Sig p238. shot it yesterday and it is at the top of my list. I do not like the long trigger pull of keltec,, kahr, or ruger. I'm looking at the sig p938 which is in 9mm.

Edit: some will complain about price. However, my argument is that these are comfy in my hands, shot really well with them, and my life is worth spending a few hundred more

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Old 11-11-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
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Sig p238. shot it yesterday and it is at the top of my list. I do not like the long trigger pull of keltec,, kahr, or ruger. I'm looking at the sig p938 which is in 9mm.
The P238 is the nicest for the range but for every day carry I dont like it. Too many things sticking out of the body which can catch, and I prefer no safety & heavy trigger to the 1911's safety & light trigger.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:34 PM   #5
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Taurus M380 IB Mini

For a pocket pistol revolvers are still relevant imo.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:36 PM   #6
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The P238 is the nicest for the range but for every day carry I dont like it. Too many things sticking out of the body which can catch, and I prefer no safety & heavy trigger to the 1911's safety & light trigger.
Depends on what you want, might be fine for the OP. I draw my P238 out of a pocket holster with zero "catching" issues. The 1911 systems has been carried safely by many for over 100 years now.

But if one must go DAO, the Magnum Research Micro-Desert Eagle is nice.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:41 PM   #7
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I've had the P238 SAS for a couple years now. I also have the Kahr MK40. They are roughly the same size, though the Kahr chambers the more powerful .40 S&W.

The Sig has an the extra step of deactivating the safety, some folks do not like this. It could be tricky if your shooting hand was disabled and you had to draw and fire using your weak hand. I've practiced this and I can indeed manipulate the safety with my with left thumb while holding the gun in my left hand but it's definitely tricky.

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Old 11-11-2012, 01:46 PM   #8
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1) you aren't aiming with a pocket pistol. sights are pretty much non-issue. these guns are pretty much for extremely close range.

2) People HATE Taurus - with a passion - whether they have any real experience with their guns or not. My personal experience with Taurus has been good, but I only have 1 of their guns.

3) Ruger usually makes good products.


Tons of pocket 380s and 9mms out there. Could also go with a j frame revolver.

Just type pocket .380 or pocket 9mm in google and i bet you get tons of hits.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:40 PM   #9
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Try the S&W Bodyguard 380. You can even get them with a built in laser.

If you like single action the Sig P238 is one to consider.

Both of them have good sights for such small guns.
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Love my p238

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Old 11-11-2012, 03:06 PM   #11
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oh, did OP ever get a gun from the last thread he made about them?
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oh, did OP ever get a gun from the last thread he made about them?
Who knows?
Maybe he's just trolling....
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I'd take a .38spl revolver over a .380.

http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=19914
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oh, did OP ever get a gun from the last thread he made about them?
He doesn't have any money.
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He doesn't have any money.
I have to sell old guns to buy new guns.....
I am down from 5 to 2.
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I have to sell old guns to buy new guns.....
I am down from 5 to 2.
You're going the wrong direction.
But, what do you have for sale?
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Nothing now. I like my LCP, and I like the 238, for the range.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:53 PM   #18
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The Bersa Thunder is a great little .380.





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The Bersa Thunder is a great little .380.





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Yeah, but I wouldn't really call it a pocket gun. Too heavy.
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It is too heavy for the pocket. As is the PPK and P232.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:56 PM   #22
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j-frame as a pocket pistol?!
not too wide???
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How big are your pants?

But seriously, how about the Taurus PT709 Slim?

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Methinks many here have never pocket-carried before. I'd say under 20 oz loaded w/holster is a must if you walk more than 100 feet on a daily basis.

A properly secured CCW is when you forget about it after putting it on. Have a > 20 oz weight swinging around in the pocket is going to rub your leg raw and be noticeable with every move IMExperience.
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I only pocket carry. Got an IWB for my LCP and only used it a week before switching back.
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