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    Quote Originally Posted by ctnv View Post
    Salesperson at Cabella's told me the Ruger, 380 had problems and would advise me not to purchase. I have on line comparison of almost all 380 pistols and would probably go with the taurus ss...
    Whatever... the Ruger LCP has sold over 500,000 in less than 3 yrs... What problems?... They're virtually problem-free... Salespeople will sometimes push a line that has a little higher profit margin but anyone advising against the LCP will be missing a veritable tidal wave of sales that hasn't quit yet.
    And... What is a Taurus ss?... in .380... OK, I guess you're talking about the SLIM 708SS... Buying any Taurus is a gamble due to iffy production IMHO.

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    The first marketed Ruger LCP's had a recall.Claims were that they would
    fire if dropped on a hard surface.The recalls were fixed immediately and
    Ruger then of course took that fault out of the equation.In my opinion the little Ruger LCP
    is quality,accuracy,dependability,and with the new tactical loads?Awesome carry gun.

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    I have the P3AT and love it. I have shot it side by side with a friend's LCP and they seemed pretty much one in the same. The December/January issue of Handgun Magazine tested the P3AT, LCP, Gaurdian and .380 Cobra side bt side and rated the P3AT the best. LCP was a very close second, then Guardian and they gave the Cobra very bad reviews. The Taurus wasn't out when I bought my P3AT and the LCP's were brand new & selling over $400 so I got the P3AT. I am very happy with it.

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    all i can say is like ruger

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    ctnv

    Was advised by sales person at Cabella's not to purchase the Ruger 380 due to some major problems with barrel and firing mechanism. I will go with the Taurus ss slide when I get back to NV. Cannot purchase in CT as resident of NV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctnv View Post
    Was advised by sales person at Cabella's not to purchase the Ruger 380 due to some major problems with barrel and firing mechanism. I will go with the Taurus ss slide when I get back to NV. Cannot purchase in CT as resident of NV.
    There was a recall on the firing pin. That problem has been resolved. Only older weapons would be involved. If you are buying a new weapon you are OK (unless the inventory is very old). Ruger has posted the recall on-line. Google "Ruger .380 recall" to read the details.

    My understanding (I don't own one) is that this is a solid weapon with good reliablity by an upstanding manufacturer. I would really question the salesman's motivation for making the statement.

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    Lemme see if I get this straight... You're going to choose a Taurus over a Ruger because you're concerned about reliability issues...?!??... (Lord... please give me patience and understanding...)...

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    my choice is not on your list
    that would be the sig238

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    Quote Originally Posted by hideit View Post
    my choice is not on your list
    that would be the sig238
    Mine too. I think the long, heavy trigger pull on a tiny, light-weight handgun would make pricision shooting impossible. The Sig would be much easier to shoot in my imagination (I've not shot one), but I did have a Beretta .25 in single action only and I could routinely put the full magazine through at 25 feet in a group of 1-1/2".

    The Beretta has a lighter recoil, but recoil only affects the time to follow up, and not the accuracy.

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    ? Diamondback Firearms?

    Anyone consider the Diamondback Firearms .380? Some swear by it. Does anyone have any experience with one?

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    Of those Listed ....

    ...the Ruger. But you should consider slightly larger models that are much more controllable, afford greater # of rounds (13+1), and are still easily concealeable: Beretta 84-series, Browning BDA-380, Walther PK380 (7+1).

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    I had a LCP. I should have fired it before buying it because I couldn't stand shooting it. I don't think I would have been happy with any other offerings either. I couldn't get a proper grip on that thing in order to shoot it reliably and ended up selling it. It was a cool little gun but I felt it was unsafe for me to carry as a self defense weapon as I would have to re grip after every shot. I also did not have very much fun shooting it at the range.

    It was an impulse buy - my room mate had one and I thought it was the cat's a$$. I was wrong - lesson learned.

    I'm only 6'1" but my palm is rather large and I am pretty sure that was the issue.

    (primary carry: glock 26 with a pierce pinky extension. - no plus two, just for pinky )

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    I voted for Ruger LCP when this poll first came out .. because I carried mine almost daily in my front pocket when not wearing a gun on my hip.

    Well this past week I bought the new LC9 (about 20% larger than the LCP and in 9mm).



    I really like this gun. - IMHO Ruger has hit another home run.

    I can and do carry it in my front jeans pocket (it fills the pocket full, but is comfortable , very comfortable in baggy cargo shorts).

    I still use a DeSantis Nemesis Holster for it (only bigger).

    It has good sights and I ran my 1st 100 rounds through it (all I've had time to put through it ) w/o a burp.

    Better go look at one, you won't be sorry if you decide to buy one.


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    By the way I took it to the range again today and everyone put another 100 rounds through it.

    I put 50 through it - then the guy beside me asked if I'd mind if he shot it.

    Then at least 6 other guys had to shoot it.

    One guy was an amazing shot with it. He pulled his first shot - focused and put the next seven in the 10 ring.

    No one else did near that well .. certainly not me.

    This shows a comparison of the LC9 to the LCP, size-wise. For those interested

    http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/ruger-lc9/


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    I think, just for the pleasure of being called a heretic, I would suggest the Airlyte S & W 357 with the titanium cylinder.

    Shoots the more powerful .357 round (or .38 or .38 + P).

    Weight: Empty @ 11.4 ounces.

    Carry one speed-loader and you have 10 rounds. For civilian self-defense, in my opinion, enough.

    (There is no "heretic" smiley )

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    pocket .380

    Of the three in your poll i would say that they ruger LCP is the way to go but i would also take a look at the sig 290. I have no experience with that gun in particular since it is really new and pocket guns arent really my favorite type out there since i have large hands but sig makes great stuff and I have always been happy with them. And, if youre willing to go a tiny bit bigger, look at the beretta px4 storm compact. It is really small but still feels like a normal size gun. Also, it has berettas great trigger pull in it. It might be too big for what youre looking for but its definitely worth taking a look at.

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    I own a LCP. Ruger has been a brand I have trusted for many years. Haven't had a bad one yet.

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    I really like my Ruger LCP for a pocket gun. I had a Keltec in 9mm and disliked it. Traded it in a few days ago on a revolver for my wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdg710 View Post
    Anyone consider the Diamondback Firearms .380? Some swear by it. Does anyone have any experience with one?
    I had a Diamondback 380 for a few months and it had failue to feed issues. The other thing I did not like is that the slide does not lock open after the last round. I ended up trading it for a Kahr P380 and have found this gun to be an accurate and reliable little pistol, except that Fiocchi 90g JHP ammo won't feed. No problems with any other ammo.

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    If you can swing it financially, the Sig P238 is the way to go for a pocket .380. Just a quality gun and alot of fun to shoot. No more recoil than my Glock 17 either.

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