This is a discussion on Does anyone make a small 380 that actually works?! within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by LimaCharlie I had a Sig P238 .380 that was flawless for many hundreds of rounds and about three years of pocket carry ...
Thanks guys for all your input. I was going for something very light weight. When the LCP did work it was dead on. Iíll report back when I get it back from Ruger. I was using Fiocchi 115gr FMJ ammo. Itís very hot ammo I use the 9mm in my full auto UZI.
I have an old Kel-Tec P3AT that has been reliable for several hundred rounds, same for early Ruger LCP I bought at a premium after release.
I had a Colt Mustang Pocketlite that always worked fine for me, but choked quick when a friend shot it.
Those 380's don't get carried or shot much anymore since I moved up to a Kahr PM9 / Glock 43 for 2nd option pocket carry.
I'm not inclined to disarm for a concert, game, (entertainment) and I ain't going on a plane or cruise.
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Sorry to hear that. My LCP has been flawless to date with a variety of Ammo.
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It's not an ultra-compact but rather a compact but have you considered the M&P .380 Shield EZ? The empty weight is 18 oz.
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Sorry you are having bad luck with .380's. Had a Kel Tec P3AT worked great. Sold it so I could get the Ruger LCP. works great. Never a problem. Hope you find a good one.
The trigger isn't great, but I'm hesitant to mess with it because otherwise the gun has been perfectly reliable (other than the one stoppage due to the Insight laser screw that has been upgraded).
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My LCP2 has been good. But it does not like weak hand loads. I find the hotter the the better.
Right now it is full of smokin 90gr XTPs.
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My S&W Bodyguard 380 used to suffer with light strikes; even after a trip back to Smith. A gunsmith who showed me his BG. Which he carries always explained what he did to cure his BG light strikes: he simply added s heavier hammer spring . $25 fix and no more light strikes. I really do like the gun and I'm glad I didn't give up on it!
I'm over a thousand rounds through my LCP II without an issue, FWIW.
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My LCP gen 2 has been 100% reliable for me. It is my go-to pocket carry, it is NOT a fun to shoot range toy though! BTW, the Hogue pin on grip does help quite a bit!
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