.380 for ccw a good choice?

.380 for ccw a good choice?

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    Question .380 for ccw a good choice?

    I have the chance to pick up a Beretta cheetah .380 from a friend.
    I have never carried a .380 for ccw before.I usually carry 9mm or I have carried .38's in the past Is the .380 a good reliable ccw? I know Beretta is top notch.I'll probably switch on and off between my M&P9c and this Beretta depending upon time of year.Any one carry one of these .380's for EDCW?
    Has ammo prices and availability gotten any better in this caliber?
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    not powerful enough for me to trust my life to it (not to mention there's ZERO .380 hollowpoints you can trust to reliably expand), although many do.

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    i carry a kel tec p32 daily loaded with 60 grain gold dots.32 and 380 in my eyes is enough for most any self defense encounter. 32 or 380 will keep an honest person honest but may not stop a drug binged bad guy, but who says those 9ss and 40s will either. i never feel under gunned with it shot placement is key.

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    I know nada about that pistol, and the .380 is on the lighter side for SD. But the bigger questions are: 1. Is it reliable? Will it fire everytime you pull the trigger? And 2. Can you hit what you aim at within reasonable SD distance?

    A .44 magnum that misses the side of the barn is worthless. A .380 with any bullet that hits between the eyes is priceless.
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    I know for a while there, you couldn't get your hands on .380 ammo. But I think thats not the case now. I get ads from ammo suppliers saying it's in stock.
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    .380 ammo is pretty easy to come by. Cabela's has a ton of it on the shelf in St. Louis.

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    I have, on occasion, carried my .380 for quick trips to the store and back, but for a more serious SD, I prefer any caliber that ends with a "5".
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    No, not enough. "I" would be more comfortable with a .22 mag HP than a .380 or .32.
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    I just picked up my beretta model 85 .380,nickel w/wood grips and a IWB galco stow & go holster to boot.$200.00 and my NIB Bersa .380 thunder for a trade.I have read some forums that guys have had a beretta .380 and no FTF or jams for years. One if not the most reliable .380 out there.The deal was too good to pass up so now I'll start ammo shopping,thanks for the ammo tips.I like ammo to go for 9mm,now I'll price .380's.What is a good self defense round for this caliber?
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    I carry my Kel Tec P3AT in my front pocket ALL the time! Its accurate at SD ranges and has always went bang when I pulled the trigger! I carry Hornandy Critical Defense in it with a spare mag and do not feel the least bit under-gunned!
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I have, on occasion, carried my .380 for quick trips to the store and back, but for a more serious SD, I prefer any caliber that ends with a "5".
    What he said! (not counting .25acp)
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    I shot a Cheetah before......a friends.......good gun.

    As for the .380 round it'll work. For me, 9mm is about as small as I'll go but that .380 has stopped many a BG from plying his trade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I have, on occasion, carried my .380 for quick trips to the store and back, but for a more serious SD, I prefer any caliber that ends with a "5".
    I dunno about that - A .380ACP is far superior to a .25 auto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I have, on occasion, carried my .380 for quick trips to the store and back, but for a more serious SD, I prefer any caliber that ends with a "5".
    Quote Originally Posted by CCWFlaRuger View Post
    What he said! (not counting .25acp)
    Yea, that's what I was thinking.
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