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    My favorite .380 pistols

    These are my 3 favorite .380 pistols:

    1. Bersa Thunder .380 --- This is my most favorite, it is accurate and dependable while being
    thin and easy to conceal. I carry this often.

    2. Walther PK380 --- I believe Walther got it right on this one. Nice shooter and seems
    dependable.

    3. Ruger LC380 --- A very nice CCW gun. Easy to conceal, decent accuracy and dependable.


    These are listed in the way I prefer them. The Bersa Thunder is my favorite. Maybe because I own one and have shot it most. While I do not own the Walther a friend of mine does and I have shot it a fair amount. I am thinking seriously of buying one. I also do not own the LC380 but have shot them a fair amount. The LC380 is probably the best .380 for a woman who wants to carry in her purse or someone wanting to pocket carry.

    I DO NOT like the small .380's such as the LCP, P3AT, etc. these small guns are much to snappy with recoil. I'm not saying they are no good, if you like them fine, but I do not.


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    I love my S&W BG380. Big sights, smooth trigger and I could care less about the laser but no option to buy without.

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    My favorite .380 pistols

    I can't stand the PK380. It has a horrible heavy trigger with lots of stacking. I hate the fact that you need a proprietary key to field strip it, and to detail strip it to the frame is almost impossible. Just about the only think I like about the gun are the ergonomics and the sights. Everything else about it blows IMO.

    The Bersa and the Ruger are both nice guns though. I like them both.

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    If I'm not mistaken the Bodyguard .380 had trigger problems when it first came out. I'm thinking they have that issue solved. My friend who owns the PK380 says he has no problems stripping and cleaning it. I don't think the trigger is all that bad on the PK 380 maybe a little heavy not a lot and a small amount of stacking. With practice you can shoot it very well, plus it is a locked breech and not bad at all on recoil.

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    Had an S&W Bodyguard 380, the laser would never work properly and yes, the trigger was a bit on the heavy side. I have an LCP 380 with a Hogue Handall Jr on it, it is wonderful. Light, very accurate for short range 5 yards (well within Self Defense range) and cycles most everything I have ever put in it. Occasionally has issues feeding certain hollow points on the initial round, but not cycling while shooting. Have had it for over 3 years, at least 500 rounds through it; it's a keeper for warm weather or back up. Another I like is the Browning BDA 380, mostly found at Cabela's. It's an FNH/Beretta specifically built for Browning. It's a double stack that holds 13 rounds! Comes with a de-cocker and two mags and is also very accurate. About the same size as a Bersa Thunder or Sig P232, just a little fatter in the grip; which are nicely finished wood. A couple I don't own but would suggest trying are the Sig P238 and the Kahr P380.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluznar View Post
    If I'm not mistaken the Bodyguard .380 had trigger problems when it first came out. I'm thinking they have that issue solved. My friend who owns the PK380 says he has no problems stripping and cleaning it. I don't think the trigger is all that bad on the PK 380 maybe a little heavy not a lot and a small amount of stacking. With practice you can shoot it very well, plus it is a locked breech and not bad at all on recoil.
    That's true, as far as recoil it's one of the softest shooting .380s I've shot. Firing slowly it is an accurate gun. It just take a lot of practice to learn to work with the stacking. As a gun I bought for my girlfriends first carry gun, I found she frequently ends up jerking the trigger to overcome that stacking.

    Field stripping isn't hard I just don't like that it takes a proprietary key that comes with it. It's not like a Glock where you can rip it apart anywhere. Even with 1911s you can use pretty much anything to depress the recoil spring cap. With the Walther you have to carry that key with you. Detail stripping and pulling the trigger mech out is the annoying part.

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    Yeah there were reports that the laser screw would loosen come out of the housing and jam the slide open. I took the laser out because it wasn't accurate out of the box and with the sights the way they are, I automatically draw down the sights anyway. Didn't really care about the laser and its just a basic insight laser. Other than that, I've had no problems, sights are dead on and with the addition on a rubber grip it feels fuller in your hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluznar View Post
    These are my 3 favorite .380 pistols:

    1. Bersa Thunder .380 --- This is my most favorite, it is accurate and dependable while being
    thin and easy to conceal. I carry this often.

    2. Walther PK380 --- I believe Walther got it right on this one. Nice shooter and seems
    dependable.

    3. Ruger LC380 --- A very nice CCW gun. Easy to conceal, decent accuracy and dependable.


    These are listed in the way I prefer them. The Bersa Thunder is my favorite. Maybe because I own one and have shot it most. While I do not own the Walther a friend of mine does and I have shot it a fair amount. I am thinking seriously of buying one. I also do not own the LC380 but have shot them a fair amount. The LC380 is probably the best .380 for a woman who wants to carry in her purse or someone wanting to pocket carry.

    I DO NOT like the small .380's such as the LCP, P3AT, etc. these small guns are much to snappy with recoil. I'm not saying they are no good, if you like them fine, but I do not.

    The Bersa is good, I've recently had my eye on the compact 45 acp but why 380? I'm not convinced the 380 has knock down power.

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    Not sure I have a "favorite" .380 - I do own and carry as a BUG sometimes a Taurus TCP .380 on my ankle. It has been reliable and run flawlessly for a couple of years. I liked it because the slide locks on the empty magazine - a feature I value. It is very very rare that it is my primary carry.
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    My favorite .380 is the 1934 Beretta. Second place goes to the Ruger LCP
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