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what's the best .380 pocket pistol?

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View Poll Results: what's the best .380 pocket pistol on the market today?

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  • Kel Tec -p3at

    90 10.37%
  • Ruger-lcr

    148 17.05%
  • Kahr-p380

    106 12.21%
  • DiamondBack .380

    10 1.15%
  • Sig-p238

    215 24.77%
  • S&W BodyGuard .380

    113 13.02%
  • other

    186 21.43%
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    I had a LCP but my P3AT has never had a recall, easier to hold on to and is 100% reliable.

    It is in one of my Rough Wallets 100% of the time.

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    Now, let me just see what I have in my pocket right now. Oh yeah, its the . . . Sig P238.

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    Hah! Same here....

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    My LCP has been reliable and with no problems. FWIT..

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    I like my TCP, looked at LCP and P3AT, but I like the slide locking back after the last shot.

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    I do miss my LCP for pocket carry, I looked at a Sig P238 and Kahr P380 today they both look like great guns, better sights than the LCP, and can handle +P loads. I am going to think this over some more. My PM9 is great just won't fit in all of my pants pockets.

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    For me a good pocket pistol is as small as is practical and is simple and easy to conceal in a pocket and get into action. I carry a Diamondback as a BUG to my Glocks on and off duty and have found it to be reliable and accurate. If the only gun I was carrying was a .380 pocket pistol then I would opt for a larger frame such as a Sig P230 or a Walther PPK/S and carry it IWB .
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyman View Post
    Diamondback DB380
    I have one and it has worked great right out of the box. Have 300 plus rounds through mine.
    There were issues with earlier models but hearing good things now.
    Check out their 2-tone nickel plated version along with other models.

    FEG PA-63 in 9x18
    The power is between a .380 and 9mm but its a bit bigger than pocket size.
    This little gun shoots wonderful.
    It's basically a PPK knockoff.
    Ammo is inexpensive and plentiful online.
    http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q=feg+pa-63&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=4K-kTIKQKdDTngek2ryQAQ&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&c t=image&resnum=1&ved=0CCMQzAMwAA%22]

    There ya go......

    I do not own a .380, and don't know if I ever will.

    That said, IF I ever was looking, I would look for the Diamondback, Smith, (letting them get the bugs out if any), and or the kahr.

    My reasoning is from a reliability, cost and weight factor.
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    Of course, it's the KelTec P3AT. It is so good, Ruger copied it. The only thing that Ruger added to it was a recall.
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    We have sure had a huge run on small 380's in the past couple years. Seems like everyone is making their own version. I have shot most of the new ones and I haven't found one that I would ever trade my NAA Guardian for. They have eaten everything that I have fed them, from plinking rounds to full power SD rounds. The mags are available with finger extensions, which is a must if you have larger hands. Plus the NAA custom shop offers lots of options. I love their gutter sniping, I use to think sights on a small semi auto were useless, but I love this gutter sniping with night sights, I don't know why other manufacturers haven't gone this route as it gives a great sight with no chances of getting it snagged. My 32 Guardian has this done and I need to send my 380 off and have it done. Many will complain about the weight compared to a Tupperwear gun. But if the extra weight of a Guardian is to much for you, than you may want to consider carrying a firearm. The added weight helps to tame the sharp snap of the recoil and this will allow quicker, more accurate double taps. I have never had a failure of any kind with both of my Guardians. Good luck with your new firearm.
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    My vote goes to the LCP. I've had two and both have been very reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer Glide View Post
    Of course, it's the KelTec P3AT. It is so good, Ruger copied it. The only thing that Ruger added to it was a recall.
    That is very true!!! The Ruger LCP is based on the Kel Tec P-3AT with the exception that Ruger had to recall version 1.0. The Kel Tec P-3AT is a fantastic handgun but unfortunately has had less media coverage and advertising exposure than the Ruger LCP so people tend to oversee it (including myself!). I have held both guns and they are identical!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer Glide View Post
    Of course, it's the KelTec P3AT. It is so good, Ruger copied it. The only thing that Ruger added to it was a recall.
    Jeez, Geez, if the Ruger is a copy, it shouldn't have needed a recall, right? Or are you saying the Kel-Tec needed a recall, but didn't do one?

    I like my Sig, and my Seecamp.

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    Easy there, folks!

    KT has had plenty of their own troubles.

    The LCP has a manual slide lock, which is a useful feature the P3at lacks. From a safety perspective, it helps to be able to lock the slide open and "show clear."
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    Not much weight behind my opinion but I gotta say I love my LCP, going on 3 days carrying it now! LOL

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