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    Is the .380 bad?


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    No.




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    I usually carry a 380 because of the style of dress for work. Usually pocket carry and it would be difficult to carry a 9 without it printing. I prefer the 9mm round but glad to see these test results.

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    It all depends on whose on the receiving end.

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    An endless debate that will never satisfy everyone. But I carry my Beretta 84/85s and feel quite secure.

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    I have and carry the Glock 42. Sometimes as my primary, sometimes as my backup to my Glock 19, depending on the scenario. One thing is for sure. The .380 is a potent round for personal defense when you consider that 97% of all defensive altercations occur withing the 7 yard radius. Sure, I would prefer a 1911 that can carry 15 rounds of .45, but that just isn't possible! So I carry the Glock 19 with 15+1 rounds and a back up mag. I also have no problem carrying the Glock 42 with a back up mag as my primary either. In the right hands a .380 is better than say rocks.

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    I have carried a .380 on and off for over 40 years.
    I never felt under gunned.

    AFS

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    I actually sort of like it. Hey...if it is good enough for 007!

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    My wife carries a Sig 230, even though she prefers a 1911 - something about female wardrobes, I guess. She is a dead-on shot with it at 25 ft. I carried a PPK for awhile, graduated to 9, then to .40, then back to 9. I think .380 would be fine for urban self-defense.

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    Me too, Crusader. I believe the .380 is a good urban self-defense round. I actually started with a 9mm, then .45, then to the vaunted .40 for years. Then there was sort of a lull in my active shooting for a time. When I got back into shooting I began to work on actual defense shooting, and through my studies and experience I realized that although I can shoot all these calibers accurately, I can get more rounds on target with the 9mm. When I say more rounds on target I mean quicker follow up shots. I actually like all the rounds mentioned. I would use any of them without hesitation! But given the choice, under the constraints of reality, I choose to carry the Glock 19. It gives me the most firepower in the most concealable platform available. If I could have all the guns I want, money being no concern, I'd have a few in all calibers to be honest, but I'd still carry the Glock 19 backed up by my Glock 42.

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    The question was: "Is the .380 bad?"

    My answer: Well, our two aren't. They both always behave themselves. I've never had to spank either one. No time-outs, either.


    Arthritis and all, I can shoot the darn thing, and pretty accurately too.
    And Jean can both hit with her P3AT, and rack its slide fairly easily. (She has trouble with anything else that's smaller than a full-size 1911.)

    Better a low-power defensive weapon you can use well, than a hand-cannon that hurts you with your first shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    Better a low-power defensive weapon you can use well, than a hand-cannon that hurts you with your first shot.
    Well said!

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    James Bond carries the 9mm short which is the same thing. So it must be fine. I believe it can get you out of a hot situation if you know how to use. That's the same with any caliber.

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    It is a decent round but you must have proper ammo. The list is long on what works but I would try to carry the Hydra Shok or Precision one in the .380 if I could find em. Other than that remember to practice to be able to place rounds on target.

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    Yeah, I agree. I have HS loaded right now, and as soon as PO is available I'm ordering two boxes. They come in 50 round boxes for around $30.

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    Is the .380ACP bad? No. Is it as good as a 9mm, a .40S&W, a .357 Sig, or a .45ACP? No. Is it better than a hammer? Yes it is. In the hands of someone who knows what they're doing and is willing to use it in the eyes of an assailant, it can be a very effective and useful caliber.

    Very few people want to get shot. That is definitely in our favor; those of us who carry on a regular basis. While something like a Ruger LCP, a Kel-Tec P3AT, or a Taurus 738 TCP may appear very small, or even non-existent, to an attacker, what comes out of the end of it can rearrange his day quite a bit.

    So yes, you are much better served by carrying a more serious and powerful caliber as your primary carry sidearm. But also a yes for the fact that the .380 can do a commendable job of saving your behind should you ever have to call upon it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernBoy View Post
    Is the .380ACP bad? No. Is it as good as a 9mm, a .40S&W, a .357 Sig, or a .45ACP? No. Is it better than a hammer? Yes it is. In the hands of someone who knows what they're doing and is willing to use it in the eyes of an assailant, it can be a very effective and useful caliber.

    Very few people want to get shot. That is definitely in our favor; those of us who carry on a regular basis. While something like a Ruger LCP, a Kel-Tec P3AT, or a Taurus 738 TCP may appear very small, or even non-existent, to an attacker, what comes out of the end of it can rearrange his day quite a bit.

    So yes, you are much better served by carrying a more serious and powerful caliber as your primary carry sidearm. But also a yes for the fact that the .380 can do a commendable job of saving your behind should you ever have to call upon it.
    Agreed!

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    Is the .380 bad? No

    Does it make sense in anything larger than a KelTec or Ruger LCP? Not to me, because 9x19 is available in guns slightly larger, and it is much better...in my opinion.

    Ammo? Make mine FMJ for penetration, and I'll try to compensate for the smaller wound channel by placing multiple shots close together.
    Last edited by Bisley; 08-21-2014 at 09:55 AM. Reason: changed 9x18 to 9x19

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    I carry an LCP at work in warm weather for purposes of concealment. I feel only marginally under-gunned. In cooler weather with more clothing, I just feel more comfortable with the Nano or G36. But to answer the original question, no, .380 ain't bad. YMMV.

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    The .380 is "bad" enough I don't want to be shot with one. Many years ago, I had a Llama .380. I didn't feel naked when I was packing it.
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