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Well I never thought I would own a .380 handgun when I carry a 9mm that is smaller, but the wife picked one up the other day that she really liked. Now she has shot my 9mm Browning Hi Power, didnt like it, my 9mm Para Commander and didnt like it either. She really didnt like my PF-9 Keltec or my P-11 for how uncomfortable they are for her to shoot. She shoots her 2" SP-101 all day and is deadly with it, but wants a semi-auto as well. The Walther PK-380 fit her hand perfectly and she loved the trigger as well, especially the single action pull. I picked one up today for her for Christmas and am going to take it home and clean it up and head to the range as soon as the weather let's up.

I'll post a report soon!!

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"but the wife picked one up the other day that she really liked."

Now there's a woman you gotta love!
 

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Well, I can't think of a better Christmas present...
 

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Wife and I both started out carrying 9mm, and now we have moved to 380 Kel Tec P3ATs.

As to ballistics of 380 check out this web site.

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My first impressions of the gun were actually better than I expected. I have never owned a Walther and have heard great things about the PPK's but this is not a PPK. The fit and finsh were done very well. I might look for a two tone for myself in the future. Everything works but I do not like having to use the key for slide removal. If it gets lost....well it won't be good. Might end up making a spare from aluminum. It disassembled and reassembled without any problems and it was easy to do so. I cleaned off the fired case residue wiped everything down and relubed the gun. The gun only came with one magazine, the one thing I dislike, but I was able to find a dealer with three new mags so I ordered them all. She likes to shoot but hates to load...LOL.

Well I was able to sneak to the range late this afternoon. It was foggy, getting dark, and beginning to actually rain....again. The temp was about 52 and the wind was blowing across from left to right at about 5-10mph. I know not ideal for a test but it's not supposed to get any better for the next couple of days, so here goes.

Since I bought the gun for my wife to qualify for her Texas CHL, I decided to follow the 7, 10 & 15 yard shooting ranges. The gun put 50 rounds downrange, loading 5 at a time as the procedure goes, without one single problem.

The single action pull was around 4lbs according to my tester. Double was around 10lbs. The sights were dead on but the gun shot a little high when aiming dead center the target at 7 yards. !0 and 15 yards is where the little gun was shooting to point of aim. I tried the safety several times and it is a hammer block system that stops the hammer before it makes contact with the firing pin. Works like a charm. One thing is the gun has no slide release button, so you have to perform the slingshot method, and you have to remove the empty mag to release it when empty. The slide locked back on every empty mag.

I was using Winchester White Box 90gr FMJ which happend to be a flat point jacketed bullet. I was concerned about feeding but it fed like a charm. It ejected all the brass in a neat little circle just to my right, around 24" in diameter. I like that since I plan to reload them and hunting down brass in the dark is no fun. Recoil was almost non-existant which my wife will love. That is one of the things she hates with the 9's I have, but her SP-101 revolver, shooting 145gr Winchester Silvertips draws no complaints. I was able to keep most of the rounds within a 4" grouping and thats just fine for what it is going to be used for. I am sure under different weather conditions the group would be tightened up substantially, especially with her shooting.


I am really looking forward to seeing her face on Christmas morning when she opens the box with the gun she was really fond of in the gunstore. Here is the target and gun.

 

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Got a pk380 for my wife also. She loves it, recoils like a 22. We shot about 50 rounds on the first day at the range with no problems but when she took it to her ccw class had a couple of jams. I polished the feed ramp and haven't had a problem since. Recommend you check out the feed ramp and make sure it's polished clean.
 

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It's Official. The look on her face told me all I needed to see. My wife is not a materialistic person in any shape form or fashion, but when she opened the box and gripped the gun and pulled it out......she was grinning from ear to ear. She told me that she shot one already that is owned by a female friend of ours. She said if I had not got it for her she was going to buy it herself.
 

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I bought one at a gun show last Saturday, took it home and looked at it. Then I read the manual. I am a retired deputy sheriff, and carry a S & W CS45. This firearm is not for me, there are too many differences between it and the firearm I was trained on. So I am going to sell it, NIB.
 

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I got one for christmas and I absolutely love it. It is certainly "user friendly", I love being able to load the magazine without a ton of effort. Being left handed, I hate having to conform to things that are made for right handed people but I didn't have to with the pk380 because it is completely ambidextrous. Also, it shoots so well. I've had one jam but it was easy enough to fix.
 

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I shot enk5's. It has very little recoil. It's accurate and looks good.

Double Action pull is not bad and Single Action is very nice light and crisp after the take up.

The only things I don't like is there's no decocker. You lower the safety to block the firing pin and then lower the hammer manualy, and you need the "key" to dissasemble the gun.

But over all it is a very nice handgun


Oh and the price / availability of .380 sucks.
 

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I was given a 380 by my great uncle before he died and just after I was born and have to clean it my dad is giving it to me tonight but within about two weeks I'll be adding it to my collection which for now is fairly small in number not caliber I prefer larger handguns. I use a S & W .44 mag for home and self defense and an ak 47 for range enjoyment and a browning 12 for both. Does anyone have any tips on the use of smaller caliber weapos the smallest I've shot has been a glock 40 or a marlin 22 rifle but what should I expect in terms of accuracy and damage to a burglar. I know that collateral with my 44 or shotgun is on a very large scale. So woud the 380 be the more dependable weapon.
 

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44mag, you might get more answers if you start a new thread. Generally, you would do well to get a 9mm, .40S&W, or 45ACP. We bicker about which is better, but all of these calibers are appropriate for self/home defense. Also, there are lots of good brands--CZ, Glock, S&W, Springfield to name a few.
 

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The PK380 was actually the firearm I used to qualify for my Texas CHL. The grip fit my hand like a glove and the recoil was minimal. I had the PK380 with the nickel slide. The recoil spring can be a bear when you break it down to clean it. I've since sold that Walther for a Sig P238 because it's smaller and lighter than the Walther. While I owned it, the PK380 did its job.
 
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