This is a discussion on Stephan Camp on .380ACP within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by stephen a. Camp hello. I am glad that the article was of interest. Best. thank you for sharing.....
You may not like guns. You may choose not to own one. That is your right.
You might not believe in God. That is your choice.
However, if someone breaks into your home at 3AM the first two things you are going to do are:
1) Call someone with a gun.
2)Pray they get there in time." - A wise man
"The biggest problem with the .380 isn't the round, it's the itty bitty guns people carry it in. "
I had the same thought. A friend of mine has the Ruger LCP, and, while shooting it was more difficult than a full-size gun, handling it was very difficult. The mag release was hard to push and the mag was hard to jam in because the grip was so tiny. It was like I was tripping over myself constantly; and that was while I was calm, cool and collected. I would hate to be fumbling around with that little thing while I'm all pumped up on adrenaline.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Also, thanks to Mr. Camp! I had no idea you were a member of this forum.
Despite it's light weight, convenience and ease of carry, the .380 is nothing to stake your life on.
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I dunno...I have no issues running my LCP. I have no issues with the trigger. With the pinky extension, I have no issues with recoil. My only complaint is that I wish it locked open when empty.
All handgun calibers stink. The key, with all of them, is shot placement and multiple hits.
The only issue with .380 is penetration with some JHPs. The solution is simple - use FMJ, or alternate FMJ with JHP.
How many folks who carry a large handgun on their hip wear it every waking hour? Very few, I daresay. Small .380 pistols like the LCP can be carried in your pocket from pants-on in the morning to lights-out at night. That's a big advantage for these little guns. If uninvited guests come calling while I'm at home, I have something on me that I can use to get to my other arms.
Would I use a small .380 to hunt down a platoon of jihadists? No. Will it allow me to protect myself against the most common threats on the street? Yes - as long as I do my part.
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A .380 that is with you is always better than a .45 left at home! Having said that, I make sure that I have at least my Kahr 9mm on me when I am out and about.
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I found this statement interesting, of course I am a bit biased towards my Sig P230. But the article did make me a bit interested in a Bersa .380 for my daughter , the gun looks good , and is very reasonably priced... though I have never shot one.The only loaded handgun in Uziel Gal’s (inventor of the Uzi SMG) home at the time of his (natural) death was reported to be a SIG-Sauer P230 loaded with FMJ ammunition.)
Glock: G22 .40 S&W Smith and Wesson: Model 437 .38 Spl, M&P Shield9 9mm, and Sigma SW9VE 9mm
Im carrying an LCP most of the time. I dont have anything else to carry! I did just get an MTAC for my XD-9 service but it seems to print too much and I never wear much more than a tshirt. I will probably end up getting the XD9sc for that purpose.
I think the first manufacturer (XD, M and P, glock, etc) to make a small single stack 9 will definitely rule the market. I realize there is the kahr and pps but neither quite floats my boat.
That's pretty much my thoughts on the .380 as well.
I've got big mitts with fat fingers...teeny-weenie pistols just don't work for me. And when I look at .380 pistols that will work, well...there's usually a 9mmP pistol that's the same size, and I just can't see choosing a less-powerful round in that case.
There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.--RAH
...man fights with his mind; the weapons are incidental.--Jeff Cooper
There is a reason they try and make small bullets act like big bullets--Glockmann10mm
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