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    CCW looking for .380 auto

    Made the grave mistake and tried a SCCY CPX 1 very nonfunctional. It misfired 20 out of the 30 rounds we shot. We had to squeeze the trigger twice for 20 rounds. After the magazine was empty, the slide stayed open only one time. My brother in Law has been a police officer 25 years cleaned the gun, put a small amount of oil on the track and still the same problem. We used all brand new Federal, Winchester and federal police officer loads with the same problem. When the gun shot it worked well.
    Needless to say, I'm very disappointed, I bought the CPX 24 days ago, I contacted the dealer and he told me to contact SCCY, which I will do tomorrow. I think I will get it fixed and sell the gun. This is for CCW and I may not be able to pull the trigger twice.

    Now I am looking for a .380 auto with an overall length of between 5-6 inches. Who makes a reliable .380 CCW gun? Thanks

    Joe

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    You should consider the Bersa .380CC.

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    For pocket carry, there can be only one: KelTec P3AT.
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    My experiences with the Smith & Wesson made Walther PPK/S was quite
    similar to your experience with the SCCY CPX 1, so I can not recommend
    Walther.

    I hear Ruger has just come out with a .380. If you just have to have a
    .380, give the Ruger a look.

    The Walther I had was so bad, it completely turned me off to small semi-
    auto guns for CCW. So I purchased a revolver. I know without a doubt
    that my Bulldog will fire every time I pull the trigger on a loaded cartridge.
    For CCW use, reliability is the utmost important characteristic a firearm
    can have. So don't forget to check out snubby revolvers either.

    Good luck and have fun finding your next CCW firearm!
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    For pocket carry, the P3AT. With the dimensions you gave, the Bersa Thunder. I have both and would buy either one again without reservation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigjoedo View Post
    Who makes a reliable .380 CCW gun? Thanks

    Ruger, Kel-Tec, Walther, Kahr*, Taurus, Colt**, CZ, Sig, Beretta, H&K**.

    For pocket carry, I would go with a KT or the new Ruger. For holster/belt carry, the Sig 230/232 is the king of .380's.

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    ** out of production, can be found used.

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    It's been pretty well covered here but for concealed carry, Bersa 380, for pocket carry, Kel Tec P3AT. With some shopping around you can pick up the pair for about $500.

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    Sorry to hear that your gun is a junker I have searched the world over and I have three I exchange depending on my clothing. These are 100% relible and I can hit a baseball at 25 feet. They are Glock 26, Walther pps, and s&w 442. I know its a bigger caliber than a 380 but if you give any one of these a try I feel you won't be dissapointed.

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    Give a try to the beretta 84fs cheetah.
    http://www.beretta.com/index.aspx?m=74&idc=2&ids=23

    I have one in 32 and can only say that itīs a good gun, too big for pocket carry but ideal with a good holster.

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    Thanks for all the input,

    We drove about 60 miles to a big "Sportsman" Shop. They carry all the major brands. I looked at and held all of the .380s in my price range and they just didn't feel comfortable in my hand. I fell in love with the S&W Sigma 9MM but it would be difficult to completely conceal. I ended up trading my SCCY CPX 1 in on a KAHR CW9 9MM. It felt really good in my hand and was very compact. I looked at some of the Sigs and Glocks but for my needs were a little to $$$$.
    I've seen good reviews on the KAHR handguns. Glad to be rid of the SCCY. Thanks again for all the input.


    Joe

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    You won't regret getting the Kahr. I have only had mine a couple of weeks, but like it a lot. No failures at all in the break-in period and the 9mm is very easy to shoot. Just got the Don Hume IWB holster today that I ordered off the Kahr website. Fits great and is really affordable. Carried with it today and you hardly know it's there. Mine was right on sight wise right out of he box, also. I tried Rem. Green Box and UMC FMJ along with SXT and Hydr-shok hollow points. No problem at all with any of them. Just get out and shoot it now.

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    The Ruger LCP....

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    Greetings.
    Check out PPK's, kel-tecs(very concealable), sig P232?, ruger lcp, there are a few more too.
    Take care

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    Rohrbach 9MM is a really sweet looking mini. I want to get to Baton Rouge to see/feel it live in my hand. A bit pricey but is is supposed to be well made and the 9mm over the .380 would be an advantage.

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