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what is the best 380 auto pistol out there?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Dizle, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Dizle

    Dizle albany, oregon Member

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    im lookin for a pocket 380 auto as a backup carry weapon, i dont know whats good or what to stay away from, any ideas?
  2. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Kahr P380 is the best I have found.
    The felt recoil waaaaaay less than the others.
  3. gunjunky

    gunjunky Arlington, WA Active Member

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    I like Kel-Tec for a couple of reasons. They were first, developed the idea if you will; and the others Ruger etc.. are copying the original.
    Kel-Tec, made in the USA and delivered at a very fair price.
    The Ruger also is a great product and the company is excellent.
    S&W has a new one hitting the market and it offers a built in laser if you like that idea.

    Have fun picking your new gun.
  4. Mac_Fan

    Mac_Fan Beaverton Active Member

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    I don't have any personal experience with one but I've read a lot of positive reviews of the Daimondback .380 in the last few months.
  5. bassman2

    bassman2 SW WA Active Member

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    I've shot the kel-tec, the Sig 238, the kahr p380.

    The Kahr is the best in my opinion. Not 1 malfunction in 350 rounds.
  6. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    Kel-Tec doesn't work for my hands. My vote is Sig P232 FTW.
    I am very interested in the Kahr... heard a LOT of good things lately.
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  7. wonderdog

    wonderdog Everett, WA Member

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    I agree with farmerted...the Sig P232 is accurate, hides great in a Bianchi 100 series IWB holster, and fits like a glove!
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  8. g.i. joe

    g.i. joe Portland Active Member

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    My wife just got a Taurus PT738. Overall it shoots great and is very compact. Felt recoil is a little strong, but manageable for my 5' 2" sweetie. Still a few .010" shy of being as compact as the Kel-tec.
    Out of the box I had a failure to feed on every round. I did some inspection and found that there was a burr on the "loaded chamber indicator" that piggybacks on the extractor. This was preventing the cartridge head from sliding up the bolt face and behind the extractor as the fresh round was being stripped from the magazine. So, I got my dremmel tool out and ground off the worthless indicator. Now it feeds flawlessly.
  9. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Save your money and get at least a 9mm. Many excellent compacts on the market today.
    The 380 will just piss off the tweaker.
  10. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    The little colt mustang. shoots good small light.
  11. mxitman

    mxitman N. Seattle Member

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    I have had a kel-tec, 2nd gen P3AT. I loved it for being so light and small. I then traded with a guy for Colt Mustang .380 but the one I got is all steel and heavy, but I loved it because it was like a mini 1911 with a great trigger. Someone offered me $800 for it last year at a gun show so I sold it.

    I thought about buying the Ruger and then the Kahr but then I saw in a magazine about the Sig P238, they bought the tooling from Colt and were making a new 380 based on the Colt Mustang, except this one would be made with aluminum frames and option for night sights which I really wanted in my pocket pistol.

    So needless to say I ordered 2, One for me and one for the wife. Both have night sights, just one is 2 tone the other is nitron/blue. I have to say I'm super happy with it, I did get one of the first hundred made so I had to send it back to Sig for warranty work, which means they changed a spring for me and gave me an extra magazines for each gun.:thumbup:

    Shooting is a delight, way better trigger than any other modern .380 I've shot except for my Colt.


    Also did a comparison for a friend who thought the Sig would be really heavy compared to the Kel-tec.

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  12. marty8587

    marty8587 NE Portland Active Member

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    I have a Bersa Thunder that I like a lot for an inexpensive gun, and the ruger LCP. I like them both but the ruger is smaller . The sights on the Ruger are kinda usless butb it's still OK at 7 yards or so , I might go for the lazergrips later. I drool over the sig, but have never seen the Kahr. good luck.
  13. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    +1 for the Bersa Thunder. The wife has a CC which is matte black, and it cost $279 at the Portland gun show. You can pay twice as much for a Diamondback or a PPK/S and get a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship that's "finicky." The heck with that stuff, I'll take high reliability over high tech any day of the week.

    One other thing: The Kahrs are great guns, but they're DAO. The Bersa and Sig are single/double.

    PAPAONE oregon New Member

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  15. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    The Sig 232 is a great gun, but would be better if it was 9mmx19. It's a big gun for being a .380 ACP. If I were so inclined to want a pocket sized .380, it would be a toss-up between the Sig P238 and the Kahr P380. The trigger pull on the Kahr is nice. But since I also shoot a lot of 1911's, the mini 1911 features on the Sig are nice and familiar...
  16. Correctthought

    Correctthought The big PDX and Vicinity Member

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    I'm happy with my Kahr 380; but, you'll pay more for it than any other option.

    I was considering the Sig; but I decided to stay with one type of sights and controls for my carry guns. ((other is a Kahr P45))
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  17. UncalledForGabe

    UncalledForGabe Aloha Or. Member

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  18. drand

    drand Stayton Member

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    I have to vote for the Sig 238. Needed a gun for my wife and this is what she liked and now after shooting one I am going to get one as well.
  19. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    I own or have owned; or have borrowed the following:

    * Sig P238
    * S&W Bodyguard .380acp
    * Diamondback .380acp
    * Taurus TCP
    * Ruger LCP
    * Kahr P380

    Haven't shot the Bodyguard yet, but out of the others the Ruger LCP and Kahr P380 are by far the best. If you have $300 to spend get the LCP, if you've got more then you really can't go wrong with the Kahr.

    Thus far I would avoid spending your money on the Diamondback or Taurus, they're just to problematic IMHO.
  20. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    I had an LCP for a little while, never really needed it though. I bought it with the intention of carrying when my PM40 was too big, that never happened. When compared to a Kahr PM (even .40) the LCP is painful to shoot (more than about 2-3 mags), inaccurate, difficult to operate, WAY underpowered, and not generally something I'd trust my life with. If you HAVE to have something smaller than a PM9 or PM40 the P380 should fit the bill. If you are more comfortable with a 1911 type setup the Sig would probably be the better choice.