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    now which one?

    hello all. i have an xd40 and S&W442 and now am thinking about a smaller pocket carry 380. i've been looking pretty hard at the ruger lcp and the bodyguard 380. this gun could get passed on to my daughter down the road. any thoughts on this. also the M&P shield seems like the hot gun nowadays,that much different from what i have? thanks for any input

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    I shot a magazine worth through a LCP, have no desire to shoot one again. Not sure if it's the lack of a grip, the overall size, or the ammo but it was not enjoyable. I realize it's an up close and personal, last last resort gun but damn I'd like to practice with it. Other than an old .25 acp semi-auto that I have that is my experience with mouse guns. See if you can rent or shoot someones mouse gun before you buy. Still waiting on GLOCK to make that single-stack 9x19 pocket pistol...
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    You should check out the Sig P938 which is a 9mm pocket gun and if you get one get yourself some 7 round mags.

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    This is just my opinion, but for pocket carry I only use revolvers. If you intend to pass this down to your little girl one might be better for her than a semiauto. I carried one as a backup gun when I was a cop and they are not as subject to issues like pocket lint, dust, grim, etc as an auto is. Since I am a "full grown" guy I pocket carried an SP101 for a LONG time. One aspect some people don't consider is the fact that a 5-shooter is not subject to going out of battery when shoved into an assailant's mid section. Autoloaders can, and have, gone out of battery and failed to fire when shoved into someone at close range (contact shots). The "plus" you get with this ability is that a contact shot will dramatically increase the effectiveness of a handgun due to the fact the escaping gases are blown into the wound channel, thus causing more tissue damage. This fact is the primary reason a large number of cops still carry a 5-shot revolver for backup. (As a side note, the CIA for years carried 5-shooters for these exact reasons, as reported by an ex-CIA field agent).
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    I like my P380. It's in my pocket right now.
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    I have large thick hands and just can't get a good grip on the LCP...can't shoot it worth a dern. I usually pocket carry my S&W 442 fairly easily. I did finally pick up a 380, Bersa Thunder CC, and I really like it. Big enough to get a good grip on, slim enough to pocket carry. It's fun and enjoyable to shoot and I was shocked at the accuracy.
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    +1 on the Bersa Thunder, I don't have the CC model but the purchase feels very comfortable and is quite accurate out to 10 yards. In comparison to a Keltec P3At which I also have is more of a point and shoot, although easier to conceal. Between these two, the Bersa gets more use although the P3AT does find its way into rotation.

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    I have big hands and the LCP. I like it because it has no safety. I will not buy a pistol to carry with a safety. I like the low, smooth profile, very little to snag, etc. It is not a long range pistol, it is accurate, but you have to try pretty hard to be accurate; however, IMO, it is perfect for what I need it for. That being said, I primarily carry the Glock 19. The LCP is a backup or used when the Glock will not work with what I am wearing, which is rare, but happens.

    The LCP has a long trigger pull, nice for pocket carry safety, not great for trying to keep tight groups at the range. As mentioned, I have pretty big hands, but using the magazine extender, I keep control of it without a problem. It does not feel great, but I really do not care about the feel and long range accuracy for that pistol as I bought it for up close, love me long time, use.

    Also, I have not shot any of the other tiny pocket .380, so I cannot comment.

    My primary reason for buying the LCP is the grab and shoot factor, which I require for all carry pistols...no safety or other mechanism to forget or fidget with in the heat of the moment. IMO, having been in several hot moments myself and knowing how the adrenaline bomb can implode what you think will come naturally, simplicity is key.

    I have two daughters and they will carry when the time comes. I will point them in the same direction with respect to grab and shoot.
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    Like snubs, they just feel right to me for cc. Nightstand has a g 17 night sights glock light an streamlight but feeling that sp 101 or a S&W Mod 60 in my holster throughout the day is a feeling of security.

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    i cc the LCP everyday but its definitely a get off me kinda gun not a shoot across a parking lot type perfect for a BUG IMO!
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    thank you all for the replies and input. take care

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    BG .380 is a decent choice. I would look at the sig p238 if you might be passing it on some day. MUCH easier and more comfortable to shoot than the lcp. As an added bonus, the extended magazines make a major difference in the feel of the gun in your hand, and it comes standard with night sights. I shot 3-4 mags out of a friends LCP, and would not care to ever again. That Sig on the other hand, worth looking at.
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    I bought a taurus tcp738 .380 as my back up gun,/ pocket carry and its fantastic. Very accurate gun.

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    LCP works.

    While I prefer a snubby I often find the LCP will go anywhere in the summer. I have one with quite a few rounds, it tends to digest anything after break in. Went as far as dumping a dozen or better different types of ammo into a bowl and having them randomly loaded into mags. After about fifteen or so mags of mixed mags I feel pretty confident with it. While some complain about the accuracy mine seems decent? I can hit eight inch plates at twenty five yards all day taking it easy, granted the sites at my age are taking time to pick up in dim lighting. As far as point shooting goes I will chase wiffle golf balls along the hillside at roughly eight yards as fast as I can pull the trigger, while I may not hit them solid I make them jump consistently and thats close enough for me. I found when point shooting with the LCP I am far more accurate just literally pulling the trigger almost to the point of jerking it, no real technique. Can't explain why, it just works. While my LCP may not be pretty it does give me comfort knowing it pretty much can always be with me and has enough accuracy to put them where I need them quickly. I can't ask for much more.

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