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OK, I gotta ask, why would anyone want to buy a .380 gun these days?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by 12131, Jan 10, 2010.

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  1. 12131

    12131 Monkeyboy CLM

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    Why? considering the .380 ammo costing an arm and a leg. Someone enlightens me, please.:dunno:
     
  2. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman Nuclear Trunk Monkey

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    The only reason I own a .380, is because the one I have is light, compact, and accurate for what its purpose is; I have a Ruger LCP. I love it, and for $275 brand new, you can't beat it. .380 IS expensive, but I found its a regional thing. While home on Christmas Leave in Norfolk, VA, I was able to get 100 rounds of WWB .380 for $32.00, compared to $30 for 50 rounds where I'm at now.
     

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    LabTech Village Jackass

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    .380 around here is around $15/50 rounds. Not great, but not terrible IMHO.:dunno:
     
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    I also love my Ruger LCP 380 when there's times that I can't bring the G26. There are some times due to dress, etc that I can't carry IWB, but the LCP goes so nicely in a pocket there's no excuse not to carry. That's the only reason. Unfortunately, I don't range shoot as much as I'd like due to the lack of availability, and resulting cost, of .380.
     
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    hogfish Señor Member

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    Size/concealment. P3AT & LCP are pretty small/concealable.
     
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    1. Very Small
    2. Very Concealable

    Nuff said.
     
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    I also have a LCP and although I rarely carry it, it is great when you can't hide anything else. I'm not a huge fan of the 380 round but there are times when I just can't hide my 45 or 40. It's a pocket gun and I either have it there or on my ankle. I carry it maybe 6 times a year. The ammo is pricey but with that type of gun, after about 20 rounds I'm done.
     
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    I doubt many if any are in love with the caliber, but the easy to carry platform it usually comes on continues to be useful.
     
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    Same here. Began with the NAA 22 mag revolvers. Then moved to the Kel-Tec P32's, and latest was the P3AT....

    Too old to pack a plowshare any more. Still would like protection sometimes. 380 seems to work, even for some countries who only allow that caliber among their Peasants.

    If I need 9MM or heavier calibers. I make do with bigger weapons.
    Pretty straight forward, in my view.:dunno:
     
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    keninnavarre bulletproof

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    They arent range guns, their for defense carry when larger guns wont fit.

    I shot 150 rounds to break in my p3at, cost about $90, 2 boxes of Gold Dot, $60. Now I might spend $100 a year to practice with it.

    Cheap to shoot isnt exactly on the top of my list for a extremely small pocket pistol.
     
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    Because they want a gun that is ultra-compact and smaller in size than most 9mm guns offered.
     
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    I remember last year that my dealer quickly sold out the LCRs and the LCPs and more people are looking for it. The .380 is quite popular in these very small platforms.
     
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    Well said....if I have my wallet and keys, chances are I have my P3AT and soon to be P380. I clean this little booger way more than I shoot it. Darn pocket lint!
     
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    I just now took my sig P232 off my belt. Its the one gun I carry over all the other I have. Shoots great, accurate, well made, comfortable to carry, fits like a glove and in a good enough round. .380 works for me.
     
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    Love my Seecamp .380. I started stocking up on ammo about two years ago though when I first ordered it. I think my stash works out to about .60-.70 a round that I paid overall. It's all Silvertips, Hyda-Shok and Golden Sabre.
     
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    Because there are some models in .380 that are fantastic to own and shoot?

    I don't get the question? Or maybe you can only think of a very limited set of reasons to own a handgun?
     
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    FEDLEO I'm the rootenist tootenist shootenist

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    Appreciate the answers. I just see a lot of people complaining about the exorbitant cost of the .380. I don't shoot the caliber, so I don't really care for it.
    Sure, there are small .380 guns, but there are also subcompact nines, made by Kahr and Kel-Tec, and the round is more available and relatively cheaper. Just wondering about the logic, that's all. Personally, I would go with a .32, if I wanted something really small and light. It's your money, of course, buy what you like.:cool:
     
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    I have four pistols in that chambering, three European and 1 Argentinian - they're sure handy for popping into your pocket for that quick dash to the convenience store.
     
  20. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    It's just the biggest round for the smallest pistols.