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  1. My Bodyguard is my carry gun most of the time, just because it easily slips into my pocket. My other carry is my CZ PCR that I carry when I go out some where special that may include a parking garage or some other suspicious place. I do not purposely venture into any areas that I consider dangerous.

    With my Bodyguard I can usually cover a magazine full of shots with one hand at twenty feet. That is with the occasional flyer. I am more accurate with my cz. Ill call that good enough. The debate goes on about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. No one wants to be shot by any caliber including a pellet gun. So unless you are encountering a rogue navy seal high on PCP you will probably be alright no matter the caliber you carry, even an unloaded gun can be a be a big deterrent.( Not that I am recommending that)

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  3. I should have mentioned that I am retired and have the option to not go anywhere I feel is risky, unlike those of you still employed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liberty1743 View Post
    Asking the impossible? That sounds like hyperbole to me.
    Not really. This thread is titled: What are THE most accurate .380 ACP pistols out there? The answer to that question really depends on you, and you are asking people that don't even know you to figure that one out.

    Quote Originally Posted by liberty1743 View Post
    All I am asking is if someone shot a .380 that was more accurate for them. Handgun accuracy is both about the shooter and the gun, by the way. We don't shoot guns in a vacuum. All things being equal, a heavier gun is going to shoot more accurately in most people's hands, for example. If a gun is too thin, most people won't shoot it as accurately either. Bore axis also makes another difference. It's physics. It is true much of it can be subjective due the mass and shape of someone's hand, but a lot of it is universal as well.
    As I said, it depends on the shooter. Yes, some aspects are similar between shooters, but we really do not know if they are similar to you. That's why I said that any answer to that would be a wild guess. We certainly can do that.

    Quote Originally Posted by liberty1743 View Post
    I think it's also overblown with such memes as "the gun is more accurate than I am." It has less to do with that and more about how the average person can naturally capitalize on a gun's accuracy. Lastly, I never asked what gun shot better for me, and since it's not solely or even mostly subjective, I just want to know what others have experienced.
    I only offered the opinion that this information will be of not much help for you. It is very subjective. I have a Taurus TCP 738 that I can shoot pretty well. However, I don't think you will shoot it well. I also would not recommend it as a firearm for self defense. I would also not recommend a number of firearms you have on your list for self defense for various, very practical reasons.

    Quote Originally Posted by liberty1743 View Post
    Trust me, I have a documented IQ three standard deviations above normal, and I'm not talking about those free internet tests that make everyone look smarter than they are so they pass them on. I've been studying firearms and carrying for twelve years, so believe me, you're not going to educate me on something I don't already know unless you can answer the question I'm asking. If you can't, just don't saying anything. That would be better in my opinion.
    I never had my IQ measured or documented, because I never had the need to. I do have several advanced degrees though. Should we start measuring certain body parts or stay on topic?

    You have posted quite a lot of text in this thread, where the only thing you could have posted was: I am looking for a good shooting .380 ACP handgun. What's your experience.

    I also have experience with the Bersa Thunder .380 ACP, for example. It shoots pretty well. Since it is heavier, it definitely shoots better than my Taurus TCP 738. However, it is not really a good firearm for self defense either.

    As for accuracy of the Taurus TCP 738 or the Bersa Thunder .380 ACP, they do shoot "minute of man" at the self defense distances they are intended for.

  5. I don't think it is helpful to base your decision on the charts you have. It leaves out a lot of variables that make a big difference. The .22, 380 and other smaller calibers show greater effectiveness than 44, 45, 9, etc that I don't think is accurate. The small caliber results reflects that most of the shots were up close and personal where the tendency is to do more damage rather than the shots are a far greater distance from the large calibers will do less damage. I think my 9mm is far more effective than my 380 and I am much more accurate with it. However, I more often carry the 380 that is far less accurate for me than mh 9mm because it is a little thing. I like my little 380 but I would like it better if it was a 9mm.

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    Let me re-address a few of my guns. The S&W Sigma 380 is my only 'Blowback' gun. The recoil spring wraps around the barrel. It has a trench in the top of the receiver for rear sights with a 'nub' at the front of the trench, I painted the nub. That actually works okay. The long notchy Sigma trigger keeps its accuracy down to 'fair'. IT has been reliable except for a Magazine failure, I was able to buy a new magazine for it. The CW-380 is my smallest and most accurate, mine has great sights kind of like XS sights, I have seen others with less effective three dot sights and I don't know which sights are on current offerings. I have said before it is my most accurate, but there have been reliability issues raised. They come with a 'Mim' striker and a few have broke, Kahr is good about replacing it....with another Mim striker. Mine did not ever have problem but I did buy a new, all steel replacement striker from Lakeline and while I was at it I also bought their Stainless Steel Guide rod. None of that improved anything other than reliability and my peace of mind. The CW-380 is picky on ammunition, You need to shoot it some to find what your particular gun will or will not accept. You can't depend on any production gun to perform exactly as it's twin a few serial numbers apart, but Kahr seems more prone to differences that other manufacturers. I am currently carrying my Kahr with no spare magazine as I can't find the spare. I carry it because it will fit in it's RKBA leather pocket holster in the back rear pocket of my jeans. I have a Glock 33 in a holster in the front pocket. Better trigger on the Kahr than LCP...it would be close with my Colt or LCP II. I do like the accuracy and most everything about the G-42, except it is big for a pocket pistol, lots of after market goodies available, excellent factory support. I have never handled or shot a 'S&W Bodyguard' so I can't say by actual comparison, but of those I own the G-42 is the one I recommend to beginners and experienced folks like the OP without reservations. I am not in love with the Glock sights, but they are usable....or you can change them. I will carry my Kahr as my G-42 goes with the wife. I have carried NAA 22 Magnum as my only gun, and while I am satisfied that the 22 Magnum is lethal I would prefer a 380 for my only carry gun
    I recommend to you the G-42

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    I do have a new Taurus Spectrum on order. I do not know anything about it other than the marketing hype, but I am going to try it.

  8. I highly recommend a Browning 1911-380. It has the standard 1911 controls but with an 4 1/4" barrel fires a 380 cartridge at the same velocity as many smaller 9mm's.
    It's superbly accurate thanks to the longer barrel and reduced recoil, holds an 8+1 magazine and is very reliable. It weighs only 18 ounces and is just over 1" wide, , so easy to carry.
    Check it out!

  9. My wife's BFF carries a bodyguard, I can shoot my LCP II better than I can her Bodyguard.

    When I carry my LCP II because of its size. It happens to be my only .380

    I have seen the information the OP has posted before, I was not impressed then either.

    You could have just asked; "what's the best .380 you have shot".

    But what do I know, I never was all that smart...

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    I just put myself on waiting list for a Spectrum too. Yesterday I had a small purse...it was a struggle fitting my Glock 43 in it. The dealer I'm on list with is charging under $300 for the special color combinations. If I hate it...I'll sell it.
    NOT like the OTHER girls!!!!

  11. Best shooting .380, from an accuracy standpoint, that I've shot was a CZ-83.

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