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Have to say goodbye to the first gun I ever bought. Need advice.

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by LiebeGlock, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. LiebeGlock


    Jan 15, 2012
    So, a year ago I decided to buy my first gun, a Kel Tec .380. I loved it. But shortly after I got that gun, my boyfriend got me a Glock26. (I loved it so much that I actually ended up marrying him.)

    So, I carry the .380 most days, but I carry the 26 whenever I can! Today we went to the range with our .380's because we have a back up gun match to shoot in Saturday and wanted to make sure we were up on our game since we usually shoot our 9's for IDPA matches.

    I was sad to see that my Kel Tec sucks now. I've always defended them as you can see from my previous posts. It malfunctioned, had failure to ejects, was really just a big mess. My husband's Taurus worked out pretty well. But I couldn't help staring at my little Kel Tec like it was a boyfriend that I just found out was cheating on me.

    So, any thoughts on a good conceal carry gun for a small chick? I want a 9mm or a .380, with a small grip, I want the slide to be able to lock to the rear, I want it pretty much perfect from the factory... (I don't want to have to do too many mods to it.) The rest is negotiable. Price can vary since this is the gun that I will be staking my life upon.

    :crying:If only the US would allow Glock .380's then I wouldn't be having this issue!:crying:
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012

  2. Perhaps the Kel Tec should take a trip back to the factory before you wright it off.
  3. bustedknee

    bustedknee Curmudgeon

    Aug 1, 2001
    Wythe County, VA
    I'm thinking a Glock 26 would be perfect for you.

    Now where can you get your hands on a G26?:worried:

    Look at it this way, the G26 is a 380 magnum.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2012
  4. dhgeyer


    Jul 15, 2011

    Or, if you want to save some money, the Kahr CM9 or CW9. Not as pretty but work just as well. Contrary to Internet image, Kahr makes a high quality, generally reliable product - more so than Glock right now. Definitely a step up from KT.

    EDIT: Kahr pistols have a stiff recoil spring. You mention being small. Make sure you can rack the slide before buying.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012
  5. GlockPride

    GlockPride Glock 23

    Aug 21, 2006
    Just OK
    Moral of the story: don't buy your girlfriend a Glock 26 or she'll want to marry you!
  6. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    Have the Kahr 380, but that took a fair amount of breakin to be reliable. Having invested that rime and ammomhowever proved to be worth it to me.

    Sig P 232 is very nice.
  7. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    If the Kel Tec worked fine before maybe something is broken/out of spec and if so maybe Kel Tec might repair it. Some people said they have had good results with the Ruger LCP or the Smith Bodyguard. Everyone I have talked with who has one seems to like the Rohrbaugh but it is step up price wise.
  8. Sendarr


    May 12, 2004
    Keltec will fix it for free, lifetime warranty

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  9. steve581581


    Oct 9, 2011
    Troy MI
    True story... I picked one up for my gf to shoot when I go and now I can't shake her. She even got rid of most of my furniture and bought new stuff so I won't have anything to sit on if I give her the boot. Chicks are sneaky.
  10. Reswob


    Mar 8, 2009
    I find this hard to believe considering the Glock 28 is THE EXACT SAME size as the G26/27.:faint:
  11. MAC702

    MAC702 Senior Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    Clark County, NV
    But it does operate on blowback instead of recoil-operation, and maybe this is the reason both it and the Glock 25 can't be imported unless for LEOs.

    But then you'd think you'd find a couple ex-LEOs selling theirs.

    I've always wondered what the exact deal is.
  12. JDennis


    Aug 9, 2012
    Des Moines
    I would suggest a s&w shield 9 but if thats too big, my favorite .380 is the sig p238. My shield was a smidge larger than my ruger lc 9 but fits fine in my pocket, way more accurate and higher quality. My good friend carries a sig p238 and have shot it against a Kahr. .380 and a body guard. That little pocket pistol is amazing. Its definitely on my will own list.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012
  13. Reswob


    Mar 8, 2009
    The .380 doesn't make enough "import points".

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  14. PVolk


    Oct 2, 2009
    If I were in the market for a .380, I'd opt for the Smith & Wesson Bodygaurd 380.

  15. Tango 1Zero

    Tango 1Zero Millennium Member

    Nov 8, 1999
  16. gunsmoke92


    Jul 22, 2005
    Rigby, Idaho
    Take a look at the Colt Mustang. Great little .380s. My Wife has one of the original Mustang Plus II models and, at least for her, it's plenty accurate, reliable, and easy to shoot.
  17. Clutch Cargo

    Clutch Cargo Amsterdam Haze

    Nov 29, 2010
    If one of these cannot fit your needs, your needs cannot be fit.