Okay, I always swore I would never own a .380. But I'm also open-minded enough to realize the benefits of this round, namely the fact that some really small pistols are chambered for it. I pocket carry a Taurus PT145 around my house in the evening and would like something smaller for this purpose.
So tonight I went to Gander Mountain and compared the Micro Desert Eagle, Ruger LCP, and Taurus TCP.
The factors as of now:
Micro Desert Eagle:
Pros - Great feel, super nice looking fit and finish, love the really short barrel
Cons - Price
Pros - Very slim, relative price, Ruger reputation, accessories availability
Cons - Doesn't lock back when empty, only comes with one mag
Pros - Very slim, relative price, locks back when empty, comes with two mags
Cons - Experience with Taurus mags, poor customer service reputation
I've heard some criticism of the MDE in the weight department. The sales guy let me slip it in my pocket and the weight didn't bother me one bit (remember, I pocket carry a PT145! ) That nickel finish looks VERY high quality, as well. I've also heard criticism of the "heavy" trigger pull. This also didn't bother me a bit (although I would want it to smooth out a little after break-in).
Overall, the MDE just generally felt better in my hand than the LCP.
I also looked at the Taurus TCP, but my experience with Taurus magazines scares me a bit.
So what sayeth ya'll?