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.380 Question

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by davesretired1, Oct 10, 2011.

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  1. davesretired1

    davesretired1

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    Hi Mas....I have two questions. First, both my wife and I carry concealed. I have a G30 and she has been carrying a PPK/S in .380. She shoots the Glock .45 accurately and is not bothered by the recoil, but she experiences too many FTE's. She's accurate with the Walther, and has no function problems ( also has good luck with a G17, but we have no carry gear for it yet ). Can you reccomend a reliable SD round in .380?

    Secondly, in a magazine aricle from the early 90's, you praised a gunsmith in New Hamshire as an up and comer. I had him build me a comped .45, but have lost all info relating to his name and/or company. I'm looking to have some touch up work done and was wondering if by any chance you would recall who he was? If not, thanks anyways.

    Dave
     
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

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    For reliability in a .380 auto, you can only determine that by firing at least a couple hundred rounds of the chosen load through the particular gun you'll be carrying.

    I've never found a .380 load I was comfortable with. If I had to carry that caliber, I'd make the best of a bad lot by loading with Hornady XTP, Remington Golden Saber, or maybe even Winchester Silvertip.

    Let's see...gunsmith in NH, works on .45s, early '90s...I'm thinking it must have been Brad Lewis at Lewis Arms in Bow, or Rick Devoid at Tarnhelm Supply in Boscawen.

    Hoping this helps,
    Mas
     


  3. davesretired1

    davesretired1

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    Thanks. Brad Lewis is the gunsmith. Did beautiful work. I agree on the .380 as marginal ( though it beats not having anything ). Going to get some one on one training for her on the G30/.45 and if still having problems, probably settle on 9mm, probably a G19. Thanks again for the info. Dave
     
  4. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

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    Brad does indeed do excellent work. Have him take a look at the G30. Failures to extract or eject with that gun are not common at all, and since you say she's not bothered by the recoil, that makes it more doubtful that she's limp-wristing it.

    best,
    Mas