This is a discussion on LCP .380 as a primary? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Wife and I both carry Kel Tec P3ATs and are very happy with them. 380acpHP and with spare mag and one chambered you get 13 ...
Wife and I both carry Kel Tec P3ATs and are very happy with them.
380acpHP and with spare mag and one chambered you get 13 rounds.
It is a close range gun but we are not LEOs just folks with a CHL defending ourselves and love ones if needed.
If we loose ROL and 911 does not work we will move up to heaver caliber and firearms while P3ATs will become BUGs.
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I carry my LCP very often, and sometimes as my only carry in "low risk" environments. However, I have concerns about the .380 stopping an angry 200+ lb man. Today I went to my girlfriend's and carried my LCP. I went from my house, to my truck, to her house. However, we decided to go for a ride to Wilkes-Barre and I realized I was not comfortable with only my LCP. Luckily I keep and M&P40 at her place so I took that along for the ride.
I guess I only feel comfortable carrying ONLY my LCP when I think I'm in a low risk environment.. which is actually unwise of me.. and after posting this may change from now on.
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Again...if a 380 is the ONLY gun you can take, then I would not feel nekkid...BUT you have to really try to dress around the gun a bit and see if something larger might work.
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Last edited by ron8903; May 17th, 2010 at 01:06 PM.
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Thanks for all the replys!
that really answered my questions, and more.
I have my CW9 covert in my briefcase and one of my .380s in my pocket pretty much all the time. Fact is, no caliber can be an effective one shot stop, so the proper mindset of, (if the duds worth one round he's probably worth a couple more) is worth putting into the equation. I have the LCP, DB380 and the Walther PPK, that being said, the .380 will do what it's been doing since 1908 and I'm sure it'll continue to be one of the most, if not the most popular CC pistol rounds for years to come. DO I feel under gunned? Only if I'm starring down the barrel of a much larger gun Fact is, it's a defensive tool and not a show down. If push comes to shove I doubt the BG is gonna ask me what caliber pistol I'm planning to shoot him with.
If you can afford or find a pocket 9mm then get it, it's just gravy, but IMO, being willing to fire that pistol at point of aim and knowing you'll most likely need more than one or two rounds negates the absolute need for a larger caliber. 10thmtn stated it perfectly IMO. Use ball if you're worried about penetration, and HPs for expansion. My suggestion, use Gold Dots in the summer and quality factory ball in the winter and carry a extra mag or two. In most cases you're well defended. If you're heading into the jungle, gun up, or carry two .380s. Good luck to ya in what ever your choice turns out to be.
Well considering most self defense encounters involving non LEO's such as a lot of us on here,the mere presence of a firearms in the hands of the would be victim stops the attack I'd say an LCP is fine. If you can shoot it well and feel comfortable with it,and will always have it with you (when ever legal) because of its small size and light weight,then your fine.
Its been said many times that a .22 in your hand beats a .45 in your truck. personally I'd have no issues carrying an LCP as a primary gun if it proved reliable and I could shoot it well.