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Old 03-28-2012, 09:52   #1
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Searching for a .380 EDC piece

I've been wanting a new .380 for every day carry and as a backup to my duty weapon. I do not care for the size of the LCP, P3AT, or Diamondback. I need something a bit bigger but still light. I currently toss a Bryco in my pocket (long story, I don't like it either) and it's just a tad too small and way too heavy. I'm interested in the S&W BodyGuard and while I don't like the looks, I'm interested in the Bersa Thunder. Both are around the same price. Anyone have a recommendation?

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:55   #2
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If you are wanting something a little bigger than the lcp sized guns, why not try for 9mm in something like a kahr or keltec pf9
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:57   #3
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Pf9 > P3AT

It's still ultralight and ultrathin, but shoots 9mm instead of .380 acp.

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:12   #4
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:16   #5
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I owned a Bersa Thunder .380 till I got my PM9 and it was a great little pistol. I never had a bit of problem with it. I'd still have it if I didn't get the Pm9 and was made an excellent offer of a 30/30 Marlin and $70 for it. IMO there the best gun in the .380 market dollar for dollar. Mine was a pretty little Satin nickel model.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:20   #6
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seems like a sig p238 or a walther ppk/bersa .380 would fit the bill. colt defender if you can find one at a good price.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:47   #7
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If you are wanting something a little bigger than the lcp sized guns, why not try for 9mm in something like a kahr or keltec pf9
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:11   #8
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I guess I should have mentioned price. I'm looking at $400 or less here. I thought about the slim 9, I just don't know how much capacity and size trade off I'd have.
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Old 03-28-2012, 13:11   #9
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If an LCP is too small step up to a small 9. A kahr CM9 is around $400 and could be easily carried in a pocket depending on the pants you wear, or on an ankle or vest holster. Its got a beautiful trigger for being DA, and holds 6+1 of 9mm.

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Old 03-28-2012, 14:46   #10
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Like others have said, if you want something bigger for carry, go with a 9mm. The one advantage to carrying a 380 is the very small and light pistols chambered for it.

I love classic 380s, such as the Sig P232 or Walther PPK, but not for carry.
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I guess I should have mentioned price. I'm looking at $400 or less here. I thought about the slim 9, I just don't know how much capacity and size trade off I'd have.

Kahr CM9 9mm

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Kahr also makes a 380

http://www.kahr.com/Pistols/Kahr-P380.asp

But it costs more than the CM9 9mm.

I believe 9mm ammo is cheaper than .380 by a couple bucks usually.
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Old 03-28-2012, 15:04   #12
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Makarov. There are some Maks in 380.
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Old 03-28-2012, 15:05   #13
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The market is flooded with options here, Id say LCP if .380 is your pick but LC9 if you want a 9mm







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Old 03-28-2012, 15:07   #14
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The Bersa is a great little gun. I owned one for a while, but sold it when I bought my G23 and G17. I just didn't see the need for a .380 when I had .40 and 9mm. It was just as dependable as my Glocks, you'd be happy with one.
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Old 03-28-2012, 15:18   #15
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P238 is the best .380 pocket pistol I've ever owned, fired, or handled, hands down.
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Makarov. There are some Maks in 380.

There you go. Hadn't thought of that. Could also do the CZ 83, but I don't know what they cost. Or heck, just get a Mak in 9mm Mak. Better than .380, cheaper to shoot and you have Hornady making a factory SD load for it in either XTP or Critical Defense styles.
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I guess I should have mentioned price. I'm looking at $400 or less here. I thought about the slim 9, I just don't know how much capacity and size trade off I'd have.
In that case, the Kel-Tec P-3AT or Ruger LCP. Both the LCP and the P-3AT have a capacity of 6+1.(.380) But, the Kel-Tec PF-9 gives you a capacity of 7+1 (9MM) with just a bit more gun.
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Old 03-28-2012, 16:30   #18
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CM9 is the best compromise of size, caliber, and quality in your price range.

If you want to spring for more money, it is real hard to beat a Colt Government .380. I have one and it is one of my favorites.
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Old 03-28-2012, 16:35   #19
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P238. No others compare.
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Old 03-28-2012, 18:53   #21
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Some guys have before mentioned success with some newer black plastic Walther out there in .380. I forget the model but it is almost G26 size and supposedly has soft recoil.

Wish I had one, so as to suggest to women shooters.
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Old 03-28-2012, 19:04   #22
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Sig P238 if you want a pocket gun.

Sig P232 if you want a small, thin belt gun.
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Old 03-28-2012, 19:09   #23
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Yeah, I'd go with Keltec PF9 or Kahr CW9. For a little more, Walther PPS.
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Old 03-28-2012, 19:21   #24
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Sig Sauer P230SL and P230 are both fine examples of a .380 semi auto. the P230SL is heavier than the blued P230; each has their merits, and my history with them has been positive. the example i currently own is the stainless P230SL.

despite my turning to the w german Sig Sauer P series handgun for most defensive applications... the G26 gets the nod from me, for a subcompact semi auto in a defensive role; personal preference.
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Old 03-28-2012, 19:28   #25
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The Sig 230/232 are excellent guns. Also look at the Walther PK380.

I do agree with the others the 9mm has more power and is generally cheaper on ammo.

In that realm I like the Kahr P9/CW9.
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