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  1. Getting in a bit late but here goes. First I was not directly familiar with the PK380 but I found this with a quick google search:

    The PK380 has an eight-shot stainless steel magazine, for a total loaded capacity of nine. It is perfectly safe to carry the PK380 with a cartridge in the chamber. The pistol has an ambidextrous hammer-block thumb safety, in addition to a firing pin block. The firing pin cannot contact a primer unless the trigger is pulled. The PK380 has a traditional double action/single action operating mechanism. In normal use, the pistol is carried with the hammer down and a live round in the chamber. Releasing the thumb safety and then pulling the trigger fires the first round double action, with subsequent rounds fired in the single action mode. The thumb safety is not a hammer-drop, but merely rotates a block of steel to prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin. The hammer can then be safely lowered manually. (emphasis mine) Full Review

    1. Off body carry has its own risks associated with it. It can be a viable means of carry but you should take steps to do it safely and understand the risks involved.
    - There was an episode of "The Unit" that covered this well. One of the wives was carrying in a purse but when she needed the gun, it was in another room. An untrained person (formerly anti gun) got a hold of it and used it to defend her, but the principle that an untrained person was able to get a hold of her gun still stands.

    2. The PK380 was designed to be carried with a round in the chamber, hammer down, safety on. The safety is a hammer block, and the trigger serves as a "decocker" of sorts. However prudence demands pointing the pistol in a safe direction, activating the safety and performing a controlled hammer drop.

    3. The importance of training cannot be over emphasized. You will need to practice with your pistol a great deal to feel comfortable with it. Practice clearing malfunctions, practice drawing and firing. Above all practice operating the safety during your draw. This should be drilled until it is second nature. Note that much of this can be done at home by dry firing provided proper safety precautions are taken. "Snap Cap" dummy rounds are relatively cheap and have many training uses including much of what was discussed above. They are worthwhile investment for every caliber you shoot regularly.

    4. As previously mentioned off body carry has some disadvantages. There are many good quality holsters out there designed for women. The search for a good carry method is something everyone goes through and we all have a "drawer" or bin full of holsters that we thought were a good idea at the time.

    The following are some references for high quality holsters designed for women:
    Nancy Special by Mitch Rosen, one of the premier holster makers.

    Ladies Holsters by Rusty Cherrick, another custom holster manufacturer

    I have written in other threads about the importance of a good holster. You are developing a system of carrying. You should expect to pay $250-300 for your holster and gun belt(s) for good high quality equipment. I promise that with holsters you really do get what you pay for.

  3. I would carry one chambered. If you look at any of the security videos of when SHTF, you will see most have VERY little time to react, every fraction of a second counts. by the time you took it out of your pack, racked the slide, you would likely be dead. I had a tough time deciding to carry my G26 loaded, given no external safety, but after getting my new Crossbreed holster, I have every confidence it can not negligent discharge. I personally have been in 2 situations in my life where I was carrying and a BG decided to try something bad. Once, I was aware enough to see what was going on, and I presented my gun, it diffused the situation. 2nd time it happened SO fast, gun in my face, nothing I could do, lost my wallet, thankfully that was all. But focusing on the 1st time, I drew, he decided to back away, but let's say he decided to go ahead and draw as well, I would not have had the time to rack the slide and present in the same time, plus the action of racking the slide might have stressed him out more to think I was going to shoot period, instead of diffuse the situation, the racking of slide could have convinced him, he better shoot back. So, long story short, better to be prepared. Now, with that being said, carry the way you want, and what you are comfortable with, it's better than leaving it at home. just MHO :)

  4. #33
    I would like to politely express that maybe you should give a belt holster another thought. My main concern is that your purse/bag may be the first thing to go when you get robbed. There are holster purses/handbags that you could use if you need to go that route. The main point is to have some form of holster so the gun stays in the same spot and position and the trigger is covered.

    If I remember that model of gun correctly you should be able to chamber a round and decock the hammer, making it double action only with a long trigger pull?

  5. #34
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    Dec 2007
    Greenville, SC
    Hey LocalGirl - ran across this too: Flashbang Holster | Nerd with a .45

    May be a good way to carry too - not sure :)
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  6. #35
    Wife (and I) prefer .357 snubbies for primary carry. (Hers a S&W "lady Smith", mine a Ruger SP101) No muss or fuss about "in or out the tube" carry. It's always ready to go. Just the normal "cover the trigger guard" precaution and you are good to go.

    I do own two automatics that I don't fret about carrying with one in the tube. The Beretta Tomcat and the Beretta 9000S. The former has a good, solid safety which activates the first shot DA when clicked off and the safety on the 9000 deactivates the trigger altogether. Safety off, DA first shot also.

    But, like the man said, you pays your money and takes your chances. As with everything in life, one cannnot plan for every possible contingency. You have to go with the odds/probabilities with regards to your own safety and comfort level. If it turns out that it isn't enough.... Sin loi! [edit: Roughly equates to "Sorry 'bout dat!"]

    Just like driving a car..... you never know when your number is up.

    Fanatics of any sort are dangerous! -GG-
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  7. #36
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    Jun 2010
    Colorado Rocky Mountain High
    Quote Originally Posted by localgirl View Post
    So I'm reading that hammer back, one in the chamber, safety engaged is smartest. Anyone want to weigh in on one in the chamber, hammer down?
    That's how I carry (no holes in my floor) but you should only carry that way if the gun is DA/SA otherwise you still have to cock the pistol to shoot.

    If it's that much of an issue get a GLOCK
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  8. #37
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    Apr 2011
    Sandpoint, Idaho
    Well Guys, I promised you a range report from this weekend, but I'm afraid it didn't happen.

    To make a long story short, I was nitpicked by the Rangemaster to the point that I left without firing a shot.

    I practiced my conditions and my draw at home, empty, at an exterior wall with a garage behind it.

    I realized a few things right away:

    1. The bag I was using, although very carry-friendly, was not friendly enough. I immediately bought a different one.

    2. My Walther (which I really love, BTW) has a half-cock safety. Who knew? I love this fact.

    3. I will always carry one in the chamber. As someone pointed out, I may not always have two hands. And as I practiced, this became even more apparent.

    4. Yes, my safety DID become much more manageable with use. Though I still prefer chambered, half-cock, no safety.

    5. I am thinking of ways to possibly on-body carry. Though I am quick with my draw, it is adding two to three seconds that might not be there if I was on-body.

    I really appreciate all the input, and once I master my draw technique plus dry firing, I will head back to the range for some actual target practice.

  9. #38
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    Mar 2011
    Having a weapon not ready to shoot in a handbag is FAR better than not having one at all. I know a guy who prefers to carry that way with an IWB holster and he has less than a half second difference in drawing it and pulling the slide as opposed to pulling it ready to shoot and hitting with accuracy. He is comfortable with that and the fact that he may have one arm incapacitated and not be able to rack it in a gunfight. I am not really cool with that personally. If you are going to be buying a new bag you may want to consider one made for CCW that you would be more comfortable carrying loaded. My wife usually carries a S&W 38 airweight, all you gotta do is pull the bang stick. However she sometimes carries my XD 9mm sub but she carries it in my IWB holster and attaches it to a pcket inside her purse She does it this way so that the trigger is covered. She doesn't like it ready to fire just laying in her purse. Whatever you do ... carry the gun. Preferably ready to rock n roll
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  10. #39
    What was the range masters problem? You are supposed to practice this, you did a good thing there.

  11. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by Treo View Post
    That's how I carry (no holes in my floor) but you should only carry that way if the gun is DA/SA otherwise you still have to cock the pistol to shoot.

    If it's that much of an issue get a GLOCK
    That sounds like a G50AE'ish remark.

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