who carries a 380 as primary

who carries a 380 as primary

This is a discussion on who carries a 380 as primary within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just wondering. Ammo suggestions also I was playing with a keltec at a LGS the other night. Sooooo light and concealable Very tempted!...

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    who carries a 380 as primary

    Just wondering.
    Ammo suggestions also
    I was playing with a keltec at a LGS the other night.
    Sooooo light and concealable
    Very tempted!

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    I carry my little KelTec P3AT at times stoked with Hornady Critical Defense Ammo as my primary and don't feel the least bit under gunned!
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    I have on many occasions carried a .380 as a primary. I like the 102gr Remington Golden Saber, 90rg Gold Dot, and Hornady Critical Defense, all functioned well in my gun(s).

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    I sometimes carry my .380 Walther PPK/S as a primary and feel fine with it. I do carry FMJ rounds in it rather than HP ammunition. Mine is 100% reliable and it is quite accurate.

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    I occasionally carry a Sig P230 as primary, but since the P239 (and, really, the P228) aren't THAT much bigger, it doesn't see much primary duty. That said, stoked with Gold Dots, it's a very handy, accurate set up, and while it's as "low" as I'm willing to go (and even then not often), I think it will get me through the majority of situations well.
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    As primary at times -90 gr. Gold Dots in LCP and in hubby's Sig238.
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    In dress clothes, I carry a Diamondback 380 and use CorBon DPX ammo.
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    I've often carried an NAA Mini .22wmr. I know. I know. The question was specifically about .380's.
    My point is simply that if what you'd PREFER to carry is not an option (whatever the reason) a "mouse-gun" is better than nothing.

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    I'm not a big guy, 5'6", so it is more practical to carry one of my .380. I just practice drawing smoothly and fairly quick.

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    No .380, but I am refinishing a CZ-82 in 9x18 Makarov (12+1 rds), which is right between the .380 and 9mm. I might feel a bit undergunned against an AK-47, but hopefully I'll avoid that situation.

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    I used to carry my Interarms Walther PPK/s in .380, then I switched to the Kel-Tec P3AT because I could get the same firepower (+1 mag extension) in a MUCH smaller and lighter package. Carried it for a year or two then fell in love with the Kahr PM9. Been carrying that (pocket) almost daily since 2005 and never looked back. I'll take one less round for a trade from .380 to 9mm +p any day with two spare mags in the left pocket. Never felt completely comfortable with the P3AT reliability (bought a second as a spare when the first went back to Kel-Tec) and they just didn't seem durable over the long haul. In fact, I was glad to stop carrying them and just keep them around as more of a novelty than anything else.

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    I carried a PPK for MANY years. When the KT P11 and the Kahrs came out, I upgraded to the P11 and a K40. About the same size as a PPK, but much more effective calibers.
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    Wife and I both carry P3ATs with extra mag.

    Ammo being hard to find, we both use HP, but would not object to good FMJ.

    We have practiced with these little guns and do not feel under gunned.

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    i have no problem carrying a 380 as my primary weapon. only if i can find ammo for it! LOL.
    got to texas as fast as i could...Fuhgeddaboudit!

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    I do carry a .380 as a primary every now and then, I prefer 90gr Gold Dots
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