.380 Cal. For My Pocket ?

.380 Cal. For My Pocket ?

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    .380 Cal. For My Pocket ?

    I've been interested in getting a Bug probably in .380 Cal. as a pocket
    gun. Naturally, I want quality and a reliable weapon. I see that some members carry the .380 Cal. and wanted some reccomendations on which pistol / Bug would fit the bill.

    IYO, what is dependable and one you would suggest ?

    Thanks
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    Lots of previous discussion around the topic. You might try a search if you haven't already done so.

    Plenty of good options including the Ruger LCP, Kel tec p-3at, and my personal favorite, the Seecamp.

    The problem right now is ammo availability........but hopefully, like a kidney stone, that too shall pass!
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    The hottest commodities out there right now seem to be the Ruger LCP and Kel-tec P3AT. They are bothe essentially the same gun, but the Ruger has a little more spit and polish to it. The newest (and seemingly most expensive) on the market is the Kahr p380. I tend to like the LCP but the P3AT has a very devout following and is a little bit cheaper. I did have a NAA Guardian which was all metal. I liked it a lot and should not have sold it.
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    Anyone familiar with North American Arms Gardian in .380 ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xXxplosive View Post
    Anyone familiar with North American Arms Gardian in .380 ?

    Another good alternative, but be aware, it's much heavier than the others I listed. For me, weight is a major consideration for pocket-carry.
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    I don't think that the NAA Gaurdian is that bad to pocket carry, I do not own one but I do pocket carry a Colt Mustang. As soon as I can get my hands on a Sig 238 I will be switching to it though.

    I think the biggest drawback to a .380 is the current supply of ammo. Almost impossible to find it in target loads.

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    My KelTec P-3AT has been very dependable. It's a first gen, over 5 years old, and always goes bang.
    It's not a fun gun for the range.
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    +1 Sig 238 is on my short list too. I have yet to see one in person unfortunately
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    I'd step up to the Kahr PM9. About the same size as most .380s and much cheaper to shoot, and 9mm has the edge if you REALLY need to shoot. I personally don't have any problem pocket carrying a KT P11. That's 11 rds of 9mm without a reload (I prefer the original capacity mags. I've never trusted higher than original cap. I also prefer 7 rd 1911 mags.)
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    Hereís, a good comparison chart.
    http://seecamp.com/SizeWeight.pdf

    I like a 380 and I feel adequately protected carrying one, when Iím headed to the store or anyplace I feel is reasonably safe. If Iím headed downtown, or into the big city, I always carry the Glock 26.

    I had the NAA Guardian 25 NAA magnum, but traded it for the Kel-Tec P3AT because I trust a 380 more and itís allot lighter.

    When I save up my nickels, I may look into a Seecamp.

    As others have stated; There is NO 380 ammo to be had.

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    I have a Kel Tec P3AT, I am very happy with it. I also have a friend that got one recently, he also loves his.

    They are comfy to carry (even with the clip they sell that attaches to the side of the frame).

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    I like my LCP a lot.

    I really prefer to carry my compact .357 revolver. But there are times when a very flat profile is needed for comfort and concealment. The LCP really shines it that regard.

    I feel a little under gunned at times. But then - at least I have a gun with me at all times and that's the most important rule of all.

    Choose your carry ammo with care with a .380 since it's on the ragged edge of performance for carry. But then the importance of ammo selection is true for any carry gun isn't it? Just more so with little guns IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xXxplosive View Post
    Anyone familiar with North American Arms Gardian in .380 ?
    My original post mentions the NAA. I had one and carried it in a Mika Pocket Holster. I sold it thinking I needed the money...and didnt. Might have to see if I could buy it back.
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    Like the rest have already mentioned the Ruger and Kel Tec
    are both great guns for the .380...just keep in mind it's not
    easy to get this ammo now.

    Is it only the .380 you are considering? How about a
    airweight .38 special? They conceal well too.

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    I have a S&W Mod. 36 Chief Special in .38 Special.....wanted something I could just keep in my pocket or as a back-up. I'm a little hesitant about the .380 Cal. but I know many here carry it as I read the posts. Usually I'm wearing a Govt Mod 1911 or Combat Commander both in .45 Cal. The .380 is better than a .32 or punch in the nose I guess.

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