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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-02-09 11:58 AM
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43. It's better than nothing.
But it's a pretty wimpy cartridge. If it's size is desirable, and it's the difference between carrying this, or nothing, I would carry a .380.

I would much rather carry a small frame 9mm.
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  -Effectiveness of the .380 auto. Thoughts? eqfan592  Dec-01-09 06:00 PM   #0 
  - Two ways to look at it  SlipperySlope   Dec-01-09 06:05 PM   #1 
  - Try a Walther P22.  slvrd4   Dec-01-09 06:09 PM   #2 
  - We actually have a P22 in the house right now :)  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 06:14 PM   #3 
  - Brandishing is almost always a horrible idea  metalbot   Dec-01-09 08:45 PM   #23 
  - It's not the meat it's the motion  C_Lawyer09   Dec-01-09 06:19 PM   #4 
  - Walther PPS  duckduckgoose   Dec-01-09 06:23 PM   #5 
  - Thanks for the tip on the PPS.  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 06:33 PM   #7 
  - The PPS is a *very* nice gun  Euromutt   Dec-08-09 06:27 AM   #86 
  - I really prefer carrying my compact .45 ACP, but I also carry a .32  old mark   Dec-01-09 06:27 PM   #6 
  - Thanks for the info! (nt)  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 06:33 PM   #8 
  - I like the Sig Sauer P232 - it fits nicely in a pouch on my bicycle luggage  slackmaster   Dec-01-09 06:33 PM   #9 
  - I'd say the .380 would be perfectly fine for CCW  RamboLiberal   Dec-01-09 06:35 PM   #10 
  - The .380 will kill a guy, if that's what you're asking.  MineralMan   Dec-01-09 06:48 PM   #11 
  - If he bleeds out 15 minutes after killing your entire family  TPaine7   Dec-02-09 01:44 PM   #50 
  - Have you looked at the Kahr line?  TPaine7   Dec-01-09 06:52 PM   #12 
  - I will have to check out the Kahr line.  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 06:57 PM   #13 
  - Money money money money.....MONEY!  burrfoot   Dec-01-09 07:08 PM   #14 
  - It'll probably be a month or two before i actually go for one.  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 08:19 PM   #20 
  - Oh, and thanks for telling me about the Sig P238 .380 auto!  eqfan592   Dec-02-09 12:33 AM   #31 
     - hahahahahaha  burrfoot   Dec-02-09 11:39 AM   #42 
     - Oh, if you like that  AtheistCrusader   Dec-02-09 12:00 PM   #44 
     - Yep, I've seen those as well!  eqfan592   Dec-02-09 12:05 PM   #45 
        - It's maybe wider.  AtheistCrusader   Dec-02-09 12:22 PM   #46 
     - The Sig P238 is a knock off of the old Colt Government Pocketlite  DonP   Dec-02-09 04:50 PM   #55 
  - I carried both Kel-Tec and Kahr PM9  dmallind   Dec-09-09 02:53 PM   #93 
  - By all accounts, Kahrs are good carry guns, but I doubt I'd buy one  Euromutt   Dec-01-09 10:47 PM   #29 
  - I carry a .380 because of its size.  Hangingon   Dec-01-09 07:20 PM   #15 
  - Hmmm, I have a hard time picturing a heavy coat stopping a .380.  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 08:20 PM   #21 
  - I guess I am on the other side of the spectrum  oneshooter   Dec-01-09 10:31 PM   #26 
  - I believe your friends are talking out their asses.  TheWraith   Dec-06-09 12:46 PM   #64 
     - LMAO!  eqfan592   Dec-06-09 01:54 PM   #65 
  - I carried a P3AT with Cor-bons. Use high quality ammo in the highest quality gun you can afford.  aikoaiko   Dec-01-09 07:25 PM   #16 
  - Actually, I was thinking about the PF9 for the reasons you stated. :)  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 08:18 PM   #19 
  - I have semis and revos  pipoman   Dec-01-09 07:30 PM   #17 
  - How about a Bersa Thunder? n/t  X_Digger   Dec-01-09 08:12 PM   #18 
  - Now that you mention it...  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 08:21 PM   #22 
  - Take some spare ribs and different kinds of ammo along  Katya Mullethov   Dec-01-09 09:19 PM   #24 
  - Yay box o' truth!  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 10:34 PM   #27 
     - Dont eat them  Katya Mullethov   Dec-02-09 11:38 AM   #41 
  - Bersas are excellent .380's.  benEzra   Dec-02-09 08:09 AM   #35 
  - Good suggestion!  Euromutt   Dec-01-09 10:52 PM   #30 
  - I did have some difficulty with one batch of ammo.  GreenStormCloud   Dec-02-09 08:19 AM   #36 
  - +1  bluedigger   Dec-02-09 07:40 PM   #56 
  - As others here have mentioned, the .380 is better than nothing.  cognoscere   Dec-01-09 09:34 PM   #25 
  - Thank you for the great advice :)  eqfan592   Dec-01-09 10:41 PM   #28 
     - Make sure you test the ammo your intend to carry in your weapon...  spin   Dec-02-09 01:10 AM   #32 
     - Don't discount your abilities with a .22.  cognoscere   Dec-02-09 01:28 PM   #48 
  - I carry the Kel-Tec P3AT for backup  taurus145   Dec-02-09 01:47 AM   #33 
  - LCP here  highlander100   Dec-02-09 07:10 AM   #34 
  - There are plenty of 9mm pistols...  jeepnstein   Dec-02-09 08:23 AM   #37 
  - I carry a Glock 19 and Ruger LCP everywhere.  OneTenthofOnePercent   Dec-02-09 08:27 AM   #38 
  - What one carries depends on multiple factors.  GreenStormCloud   Dec-02-09 08:44 AM   #39 
  - Do not carry a .380, get a J-frame  Gumbo   Dec-02-09 09:00 AM   #40 
  - It's better than nothing.  AtheistCrusader   Dec-02-09 11:58 AM   #43 
  - It's as powerful as a .38 Special, just about  krispos42   Dec-02-09 12:29 PM   #47 
  - Here's the numbers  Gumbo   Dec-02-09 01:39 PM   #49 
     - Thanks to both Krispos and Gumbo for the info!  eqfan592   Dec-02-09 01:51 PM   #51 
        - .357 Mag  Gumbo   Dec-02-09 03:07 PM   #53 
           - That's some good advice there.  eqfan592   Dec-02-09 03:27 PM   #54 
           - .357 J-frame and recoil...  spin   Dec-07-09 03:12 PM   #77 
              - I fired the Airlite PD with .357 mag  dmallind   Dec-09-09 03:01 PM   #94 
  - CZ-USA  Merchant Marine   Dec-02-09 02:15 PM   #52 
  - Well, kinda.  G. L. Herter   Dec-05-09 06:44 AM   #61 
  - I just picked up one of these and I am very happy with it  biermeister   Dec-02-09 07:50 PM   #57 
  - Beretta 85F (BTW, .380 ammo prices are crazy right now)  Xela   Dec-03-09 11:05 AM   #58 
  - My friends wife just claimed his HK45C as hers when he got her a Sig P232 LOL n/t  Israfel4   Dec-03-09 11:36 AM   #60 
     - She also took one of my Russian SKS's.  Xela   Dec-07-09 02:14 PM   #76 
  - I would look at carrying something bigger  Israfel4   Dec-03-09 11:31 AM   #59 
  - Get Crimson Trace laser sights for the gun.  GreenStormCloud   Dec-05-09 07:15 AM   #62 
  - The good news is they are under $150 for the LCP  RamboLiberal   Dec-07-09 06:52 PM   #80 
  - Did not expect to find this thread here. The answer depends on you.  Naked_Ape   Dec-06-09 02:53 AM   #63 
  - 80% of the time this is what I carry  safeinOhio   Dec-07-09 08:27 AM   #66 
  - Read the "Ayoob Files"  Taitertots   Dec-07-09 08:39 AM   #67 
  - Many things to consider as well as bullet size  safeinOhio   Dec-07-09 10:53 AM   #68 
  - That is a false dilemma  Taitertots   Dec-07-09 11:15 AM   #69 
     - Fortunately, the places I currently live and travel to...  PavePusher   Dec-07-09 01:35 PM   #74 
     - False dilemma?  safeinOhio   Dec-07-09 01:48 PM   #75 
     - I just got a Ruger LCP .380 as a pocket backup gun  RamboLiberal   Dec-07-09 06:46 PM   #78 
        - Here is something you can do with your 38 snubbie  safeinOhio   Dec-07-09 06:54 PM   #81 
           - Not really - I have a Desantis holster with that kind of setup  RamboLiberal   Dec-07-09 07:05 PM   #84 
              - I made a homemade setup that doesn't print "gun"  GreenStormCloud   Dec-08-09 09:38 AM   #87 
                 - Being female our jeans usually have smaller front pockets  RamboLiberal   Dec-08-09 11:19 AM   #88 
                    - Yep, Strong difference in the cut of the clothes.  GreenStormCloud   Dec-09-09 01:09 PM   #92 
  - But there is also a store in the Ayoob Files...  eqfan592   Dec-07-09 12:18 PM   #70 
  - Ayoob's praise for Beretta's 86 .380  Xela   Dec-07-09 01:02 PM   #73 
  - Marshall Sanow  Xela   Dec-07-09 12:50 PM   #71 
  - Better to actually carry your .380 vs own a .45 at home  Jdub4abluenc   Dec-07-09 12:56 PM   #72 
  - Coincidentally I just won a gun raffle & got an LCP over the weekend  RamboLiberal   Dec-07-09 06:51 PM   #79 
  - I sold a ppk(james bond gun)  safeinOhio   Dec-07-09 06:58 PM   #82 
     - Muzzle flip is often a problem with .380 ACP-chambered guns  Euromutt   Dec-08-09 06:21 AM   #85 
  - One other thought if you want a quality gun above a .380  RamboLiberal   Dec-07-09 07:01 PM   #83 
  - My thoughts  Lurks Often   Dec-08-09 11:22 PM   #89 
  - Some damn good advice in your post...(n/t)  spin   Dec-08-09 11:35 PM   #90 
  - Thank you VERY much for all the info!  eqfan592   Dec-08-09 11:35 PM   #91 
  - An update.  eqfan592   Dec-09-09 03:20 PM   #95 
  - Makarov.com  Xela   Dec-11-09 04:12 PM   #97 
  - everything you need right here. .357m, j-frame and 8 rounds to boot. s&w 327...  1   Dec-11-09 03:45 PM   #96 
 

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