This is a discussion on what's the best .380 pocket pistol? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by LUV2CARRY I've been doing a lot of researched on the .380 for my wife. All the guns mentioned so far seem to ...
Kel Tec -p3at
S&W BodyGuard .380
another plus for the sig...
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I really do like the Sig and I love shooting them when they come through the classes I help with. But, I've got to say for the $$$, I just don't think you can beat the accuracy & reliability of the BG.
The only negative I give a BG is the "trigger". It will take some time to get used to it. But, once you do it's EXTREMELY accurate whether you use the sights or the laser.
BTW: the BG "sights" is what really sold me on this little gun! I personally think they're the best in it's class. (I wear progressive lenses; and I can get a BETTER sight picture with the BG sights than I can any of the other "factory" sights.)
I voted for the Sig P238. The Kahr P380 would be a very close second though. The rest not in their league. Also the Seecamp .380 would be up there also if you are looking the the deepest concealment .380.
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Ruger LCP or Sig P238
I own a Ruger LCP. Sig P238 is very nice but pricey.
IMO the Sig is a better gun if you aren't worried about cost
I dislike small .380 pistols as a class of handguns. I have a Kel Tec P3AT but feel the Ruger LCP is a better looking rendition of the same design. The SIG P238 is probably the most nicely done .380 of the whole lot mentioned on the poll list. I've shot one and it was fine, reminiscent for the Colt Pocketlite, but is a bit larger which could be important if compactness is desired.
I do my very best to leave the P3AT home in favor of something larger, more accurate, and more effective. It stays home a lot.
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I only have experience with a P3AT and a Ruger LCP. My LCP is comfortable to shoot and easy to carry plus the fit and finish is much nicer on the ruger.
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Whatever you buy and like and have confidence it---THAT IS THE BEST 380! This is like the old wine or cigar question. What is the difference between a $2 cigar and a $10 cigar or what is the difference between a $4 bottle of wine or a $40 bottle of wine. The answers are obvious----$8 and $36. If you like it and are happy with it, it is the best. Nice to get opinions but you gotta use your own head and due diligence instead of relying on faceless people.
I own: Ruger LCP, S&W BG380, Sig P238, and a Kel-Tec P32 for good measure....... and my vote goes to the P238
After 400 rounds, I'm finding my new .32 ACP Seecamp is infinitely more reliable, has a superior trigger and is much more impressive in its all-metal construction. The Kahr .380 had great (tritium) sights (Seecamps have no sights at all) and much milder perceived recoil, despite its larger caliber. (The .380 ACP Seecamp's recoil must be REALLY snappy!) However, all the Kahr P380's better features are trumped by my Seecamp's infinitely superior reliability (as long as you follow Seecamp's specific ammunition guidelines).
Maybe that's why there's a long wait for the $800 Seecamp .380!
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I have a Sig P238 Equinox version and I couldn't be happier with it.