.380 As A Back Up? Worth It?

.380 As A Back Up? Worth It?

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    Question .380 As A Back Up? Worth It?

    I have a chance to get a .380 Makarov for a very good price. Its in Excellent condition. I haven't ever seen to many Makarov's in .380. Most of them I have seen have always been the Russian 9x18. Which, is really close to the .380 anyhow.

    I was wondering is this caliber is even worth having as a back up gun? How about HP's for it? Does this round even have enough velocity to make a HP expand?

    Your thoughts please....


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    (I also noticed a funny coincidence..This is my 380th post. Maybe that's a sign hehe)




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    My current EDC is a Makarov .380

    Its been a flawless preformer for me, digests any ammo I feed it and has never had a FTF or FTE.

    .380 is IMO the minimal caliber for self defense

    The Makarov is a little heavy for a BUG IMO
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    I really like the 380 but also feel it is the minimal. I also feel the Makarov might be too large for a BUG.

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    I don't even consider my .380 as defensive so much as a "Get off me!" gun or as a "Get me to (my primary)" gun.

    That said, I carry a .380 daily, as well as my .40 or .45.

    Get the Mak, but as already mentioned, it is a little heavy as a BUG.
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    .380 is IMO the minimal caliber for self defense
    +1

    But the main reason I carry a .380 at all is because it hard to beat how easy it is to carry the Kel-Tec. From a carry perspective I would go with a larger caliber if I was going to carry something the size of Makarov.

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    A .380 beats a sharp stick or rock.......

    A .380 in the hand is better than a 12 gauge locked in the safe at home.......

    I carry a Kel Tec as a BUG and sometimes as a primary. I carry Gold Dot HP's that get over 9 inches of penetration which does fall short of the 12 inch minimum. I am looking into switching to FMJ loads or alternating HP/FMJ rounds though.
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    I agree with others that the gun itself is maybe a bit on heavy side for BUG use, depending on choice of carry mode.

    .380 (9x17) will not IMO be very likely to gain expansion, not so sure in fact even the Mak 9x18 will either. However, compared with no BUG, the .380 is still worth having. I do like the Mak - despite weight - it is solid and dependable.

    My wife has a Bersa .380 and I fill that will ball ammo for her .... not only is function that much more guaranteed but as I said, I'd not expect much HP expansion really.
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    I carry a Bersa Thunder CC with 90 gr JHP when I'm just going outside and it's killed many a snake. I feel the .380 is underrated but it is as low as I would go for self defense. BTW, my Bersa has never failed in 1890 rounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by czman2006 View Post
    I carry a Bersa Thunder CC with 90 gr JHP when I'm just going outside and it's killed many a snake. I feel the .380 is underrated but it is as low as I would go for self defense. BTW, my Bersa has never failed in 1890 rounds.
    You're not comparing shooting snakes with humans are you?

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    I always have my Kel-Tek on me. Most of the time it's a BUG, but in some situations it's my primary. Better a .380 on you than a .45 at home in the safe.
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    During the summer, I frequently carry a Walther PPK/S in .380 as a primary due to wardrobe considerations. Is the best choice? No, but it is a good choice that works for me at the moment. I would not feel unprotected with a .380 Makarov as a backup, but YMMV. Good luck with whatever you choose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whyveear View Post
    You're not comparing shooting snakes with humans are you?
    No, of course not, but as an EMT I have seen cases of where a .380 ended a violent situation. It is better to have a larger caliber but many people are killed or stopped with smaller calibers. Then again, I know some people that are snakes!
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    I would it is too big for a BUG

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    Quote Originally Posted by incredipete View Post
    Better a .380 on you than a .45 at home in the safe.
    I never understood this reasoning. Why leave the .45 at home in the first place. A stick in your hand is better than a .45 at home as well, but that doesn't mean its a good idea.

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