This is a discussion on .380 auto's. within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by GreyGhost Once I found the self defense ammo it liked, that's all I shoot out of it. Period! I know a couple ...
Bersa 380 both of mine run fine I think in the KelTec a lot is limp wrist . Minne has always worked fine 2000+ rounds I let another guy shoot it and it jammed each and every shot. Wasn't pistol I loaded and emptied mag fast as I could was him.
My PPK/S I always use the hottest 380 I can find Corbon or Buffalo . Europe 380 hotter than American Or use a little lighter recoil spring.
Bersa works on any ammo I have tried in last 7 yrs.
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I had one of the first S&W Bodyguard 380's and had problems where I had to send it in 3 times. After the 3rd time I asked for a FULL refund and S&W gave me one. I really liked the BG380 so I purchased another one and have not had any problems with this one with over 500 rounds fired. I hope this helps. God Bless
My LCP has over 2000 trouble free rounds thru it! Only .380 I own.
I carry the S&W Bodyguard .380 as my BUG to my Glock 19, and it's been perfectly fine for me. I feed it 95 gr. Winchester PDX1 as it's the deepest penetrating JHP bullet I've seen in testing out of 2" barrels.
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Before I bought my LCP I bought a Bersa .380. I was working on duty at the time and all firearms had to checked out by the range staff. They didn't have too many good things to say about it but I have had it for over 4 years and it's a fine shooter. I bought the LCP as a replacement carry due to it's smaller frame etc. It too is a great shooter but not as accurate as the Bersa mainly due to the frame size fits my hand better I think.
It's nice to read that many others have bought the Bersa and have liked it too.
I love my sig 232
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I am 6'3", and have very big hands. (Had to special-order a tennis racket in high school, since the shop didn't stock one with a big enough grip). I also have liked .380's for 35+ years. My Sig P232 is my all-time favorite .380 out of seven or eight I've had. Not the smallest .380 out there, by a long shot, but a great gun for big hands. Beretta M84 is another good choice for a guy with big hands, but the fat grips make it a little harder to CC. (13+1 is a big plus, though).
My CCW's of choice these days are the CM9 and CW45, but the P232 is still in the rotation, depending on weather, threat level, etc.
EDITED to ADD: Ooops! I thought I recalled that the OP said he had big hands. Looking back, I see that he didn't. Must've been another thread. - Jim
For many factors I think in general terms as handguns get smaller, problems get larger. Miniaturization of mechanicals can at times lead to issue not experienced with full size handguns.
When I leave the home port:
S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP
I have gone full circle on these guns many times and usually come back to one of my two Sigs (232 or 230). Never have had good luck with PPK or PPK/s (all the way from 1968 W. German PPK to the latest S&W PPK/s (and about 5 or 6 in between)
Did run into a good deal on a Rohrbaugh R9s 9mm several weeks ago. Now that is a nice gun even though you are not supposed to shoot +P and need to keep an eye on the recoil springs.
So again full circle. If you cannot shoot +P in these little 9mms, you may as well use a rugged .380 and shoot Buffalo Bore hard .380. The ballistics on this is very close to standard velocity 9mm.
I keep mine loaded with BB Hardcast, also. The Wallop is impressive!
Haven't had any problems with my Walther PK380 Hornady 90 gr XTP Hollow Point
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I don't want to hijack this thread but I am older than dirt so please take this for what it is worth.
When I was a state detective I carried .380 many times (ie., 1968 PPK made in Germany, 1940s era .32 PPK/the real James Bond gun, stainless 1970s era PPKs from Intrerarms, etc, etc). Retired and still could not walk away from the PPK or PPK/s guns. Had a real bad PPK in 1995 from Interarms, had a worse PPK/s about a year ago from S&W.
In between times, I fell in love with the Sig 230 and 232s since they really work (posted above).
Have a P-32 (that works and it's 6 oz weight is great for dress pants), an LCP because they are sort of becoming classics, an LC9, a Rohrbaugh, a neat Browning BDA, blue, in .380, a Springfield EMP 9mm since I really do love 1911's, and others (since I retired 22 years ago from a state LEA, I still work part time to feed this habit)./
Finally, the other day, out of sheer boredom, I broke down and brought back an old friend to the fold. This great little, inexpensive, well made, S&W 442. It is rated for +P, but I am carrying Hornady Critical Defense non-+P in it.
We were issued S&W "Bodyguard" 5 shot revolvers with special stainless cylinders for backup and off duty. However, with the metallurgy at that time, they would tend to stretch the frame and simply wear out with normal, 4 times a year, qualifying. This new 442, won't have that problem with the Scandium alloy frame.
By the way, even though this is a DAO revolver, it has a great trigger pull (much better than my old Bodyguard).
Thanks for indulging an old Trooper.