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Pocket carry 380???

Considering a 380 pocket carry. Any first hand knowledge and suggestions as to what you would consider the best and why?
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Re: Pocket carry 380???

Considering you can buy a better caliber in a small pocket size today I would suggest something with more power. If you are set on a .380, any gun is better than no gun. Buy a reputable brand, don't buy for cost.



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The Ruger LCP is a good one if you're set on a small .380.

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I considered the 9mm for sure. Just thinking the 380 is smaller overall for pocket carry. As stated by John S......any gun is better than no gun.
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I have carried a Kel-Tec P3AT .380 for 8 years or so as an everyday pocket gun. It is light, super concealable, and goes bang every time. On the down side I have larger hands and the gun is small. The trigger pull is LONG and has a lot of creep. My father has a Ruger LCP and it is pretty much the same. In my opinion it is only a "belly gun" for close up work but I can shoot it accurately out to 25 yards. I have seen what the .380 can do with well placed shots and I have all confidence it will stop any human threat at close range.
I recently handled and shot a Kimber "SOLO" chambered in 9mm. The gun is slightly bigger and a little heavier but you are getting a little more punch and more accuracy at distance. MSRP on the Kimber is around $800 where the Ruger or Kel-Tec go around $300-$350 new or $250 used.
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Take a look at the Kahr PM9 and S&W Shield.
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I carry the Ruger LCP .380 everyday and would suggest it. I carry Hornady zombiemax ammo in it. Plenty of knock down with good ammo.
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Sig 238 or 938, dependable, accurate. A 1911, scaled down, comfortable to carry and easy to conceal.

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Sig 238 or 938, dependable, accurate. A 1911, scaled down, comfortable to carry and easy to conceal.
Both area awesome guns. I have a 238 and WILL be getting a matched 938 when I find one at the right price.
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Re: Pocket carry 380???

Have a few.
-Colt Mustang very good if you have small hands but you need to carry lock and cock.
-Ruger LCP bought and sold did not like it could only get 1 and 1/2 fingers on the grip. Could not shoot it very well.
-Walther PPK nice but jammed with winchester silvertip HP ammo I sold it.
- Looking at S&W Bodyguard 380 with built in laser and with the clip gip I can get two fingers on the grip. Nice and small.
-My favorite is my Sig P230 carried it for many years never jammed with any ammo I have over 3500 rds through it but is a little large to carry. I think it was replaced by the Sig P232.

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