What were they thinking? .380 revolver

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    What were they thinking? .380 revolver

    This one threw me for a bit of a loop. It's not like the cylinder would be any longer if they bored it out of 9MM. Taurus .380 revolver Taurus 2012 Full Line Catalog

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    well, it will be about 2mm shorter than a 9mm revolver; we all know how important those millimeters are when concealing
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    Could be a recoil-related marketing scheme? (Read: another girl gun) But the .22 Mag's ballistics are close to the .380's and certainly the ammunition has to be cheaper.
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    People are recoil sensitive and they think a little gun has less recoil... surprise... wrong
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    A .380 revolver does seem a bit silly.
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    i think i'd rather have a 22mag revolver vs 380 revolver.
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    At least a centerfire is more reliable than the rimfire. I'm waiting for the 25 auto revolver.
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    Man, Taurus has just never done anything for me. If they just dropped all their useless models they could focus on making their first quality gun.
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    Countries south of us do not allow the public to own guns that fire military rounds. No 9mm for them so the 380 comes into play...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard58 View Post
    Countries south of us do not allow the public to own guns that fire military rounds. No 9mm for them so the 380 comes into play...
    Correct answer. Some countries in Europe, too.
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    Wouldn't they be better off just sticking with .38 and .357 mag wheel guns for that reason then?

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    I stopped at taurus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard58 View Post
    Countries south of us do not allow the public to own guns that fire military rounds. No 9mm for them so the 380 comes into play...
    Yep, and it makes sense to market it in those countries. I'm sure it has sold here and some folks have reasons to buy .380 ACP revolvers. I can't think of any, especially with .38 Special is the same size and a lot more versatile, but I guess it works for someone.

    However, we are also talking about Taurus, the company that released a polymer frame .38 Special to compete with the Ruger LCR, but Taurus' polymer frame revolver weighs more than their alloy frame revolver. So, what was the point there? Ruger introduced the LCR because they didn't already have a lightweight revolver. Of course Taurus manages to sell an awful lot of those Judge revolvers, and ballisticly they do nothing particularly well. People still buy them. Go figure.

    ETA: If it was chambered in .380 Revolver (aka .38-200), I might consider one even though it is a Taurus. It would be nice to have a current production revolver sighted for the 200 grain British Service Cartridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genauwiedu View Post
    Wouldn't they be better off just sticking with .38 and .357 mag wheel guns for that reason then?
    In some parts of the world, it is much easier to find .380 than .38 Spl. And you have the whole commonality thing, with your revolver and pistol using the same ammo.
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