Why the .380 Craze?

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    here's why i went 380. its pretty hot with buffalo bore gold dot. suits my style.

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    Maybe the sale of 380's is up b/c more women are buying guns now a days.

    Also, the cheap price of a 380 might be another factor
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    I live in the South. It is almost impossible for me to conceal a weapon such as my Glock 23 (40S&W) on my body size without a jacket on. Easy to do in the winters here, but not the summers. Therefore, I carry a Kel-Tec P-3AT (.380) in my back pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmidkiff View Post

    ...A micro-compact can be carried in locations where a larger gun simply can't, and sticking a pocket holster in your jeans on the way out the door is much easier than strapping on your super-tuck.

    If I new that today was the day, I'd strap on all the hardware I own, and find some way to 'conceal' my carbine... heck, who am I kidding, if I really knew, I'd be headed in the opposite direction! When I left the house this morning, I was not expecting trouble. I go out of my way to make sure that I don't expose myself to any unnecessary risk. Still, that little pocket .380 is there if I need it, every hour, every day, no matter what I'm doing. I own many more suitable caliber firearms, and I do carry a larger gun when the situation allows it. I'm no more willing to give up my lifestyle, career, and mode of dress than I am my guns. Those considerations dictate a small, easily concealable firearm, or none at all.

    Imagine how much worse that gut-wrenching feeling would have been _without_ the pocket 9 you were carrying!
    cmidkiff, good post!

    Even though some will say carrying a small pocket pistol is lazy, sometimes for some people it's impossible. When I have meetings all day I carry a 1911. When I'm at the job site, I may have to wear my bags (carpenter by trade, superintendent by title) for 1 to 10 hours on any given day. Depends on the phase of the project, or if one of my carpenters calls in sick, or shows up half-drunk (happens often, unfortunately).

    For those who call us that carry "sub caliber" weapons as a primary lazy, well they need to strap on their "uber caliber" pistols and then strap an extra belt on top of that weighs 15-25 lbs. Pocket carry is my only option many days of the week.
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    I think it's just that store. I was in a Gander Mountain two weeks ago and almost all the pistol ammo was gone. It's like someone was planning a war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I think it's just that store. I was in a Gander Mountain two weeks ago and almost all the pistol ammo was gone. It's like someone was planning a war.

    I don't know about it being "just that store".

    I live in NE Ohio, and the three gun stores that I frequent in my area are all in short supply of all handgun ammo, if they have any at all. The same is true for the local Walmart. No handgun ammo. Plenty of shot gun and rifle ammo, none for handguns other than .22.

    Same with the .380 pistol itself. Very few to be seen around here.

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    The "caliber snobs" may not want to admit it but there are many people that are comfortable using small, easy to conceal pocket or mouse guns for everyday protection.
    What's funny about this statement is that every gun shop that I frequent, the sales persons constantly say negative things about the .380s.
    I wish I had box of ammo for every time I have heard the clerks say some negative or reference that it's nothing but a mouse gun.
    It happened today. I asked what he thought of the LCP and he bashed it and in the same sentence he said that everyone needed a .45 instead of the near worthless .380s.

    I'm beginning to believe that most of the clerks in my area feel that if you are not carrying a .45 1911 then you are not properly armed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backlash View Post
    I'm beginning to believe that most of the clerks in my area feel that if you are not carrying a .45 1911 then you are not properly armed.
    ...and I'll bet none of them would volunteer to let me take a shot at them with my P3AT...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    People will only stock pile so much.
    Really? [ ... as I am stacking case upon case... ]
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    This thread is baloney. Great to know that the caliber wars will never end....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley16 View Post
    The "caliber snobs" may not want to admit it but there are many people that are comfortable using small, easy to conceal pocket or mouse guns for everyday protection.
    I keep asking the "caliber snobs" if they could just stand 25 yards or so over there since the mousegun is just a pea shooter so I can test 'er out, I mean, she certainly won't hurt them....

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    they are small and easy to carry. nothing wrong with a 380 acp.
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    I really enjoy carrying my Sig P232 and, based on my range work with the little guy, am confident it would get the job done with self-defense ammo. Go to Georgia Ammo's site to order what you want in this caliber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    ...People will only stock pile so much...
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    Really?...as I am stacking case upon case...
    I restate, most people will only stock pile so much.

    Quote Originally Posted by libertarian5 View Post
    This thread is baloney. Great to know that the caliber wars will never end....
    The caliber war portion is off topic to OP, but on-topic, in a way, to the title. However, your post is most confusing, as I can't tell what you think is the baloney.
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    .380 was the smallest and easiest to conceal for me for summer dress. With all the new CCL's I think people are more comfortable carrying somthing small and less noticable.
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