Compact 380 ccw

Discussion in 'General Firearm Forum' started by jneal, May 9, 2012.

  1. jneal

    jneal New Member

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    Hey... Need some advice from some experts... Just got my CCW... I want to buy a compact 380.... Looking at a kel tec or possibly ruger lcp.... Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!
     
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    Welcome to the Glock Forum jneal !!

    I own four Kel Tec's...3 PF-9s and a P32.

    I have a friend that owns the Kel Tec P3AT and swears by it.
     

  3. Devinh2

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    I have the LCP and love it. There are times I can't carry one of my Glocks, so I opt for my LCP. Shoots great, fits in small places, and has performed flawlessly.
     
  4. cribbster

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    Ruger lcp is a awesome gun..I carry mine everyday.it is very comfortable with a wallet style pocket holster.
     
  5. Only tried shooting a couple of pocket 380's (not the LCP, Kahr, or the P380), and didn't like how they bounced around in my large hands (felt like trying to hold onto a squirming squirrel or something). If you do in fact decide to go with a pocket 380, strongly suggest you find a way to shoot the models you are most interested in before buying so that you can determine if you will be comfortable using it to defend your life.
     
  6. bhale187

    bhale187 New Member Supporter

    I have owned the Keltec P3AT for several years. I've never had a problem with it, and I trust my life to it.

    My brother has an LCP, he's only shot a couple hundred rounds, 50 at a time, but it's not given him any problems yet other than having to go back to Ruger for a recall. My only concern with the LCP would be a seemingly higher number of people complaining about quality control at Ruger lately. On a couple Ruger forums there are alot more people complaining about problems with new Rugers than I ever recall in the past.
     
  7. jtk07

    jtk07 New Member

    I would highly suggest renting and shooting a sig p238 with the extended grip. Its not a bad pocket gun!
     
  8. wnctroutbum

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    My Dad and I both have the LCP and they are awesome guns!
     
  9. casey97

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    A majority of the time I carry a Glock 27 with Crimson Trace grip and one of my Glock 22 mags as a backup magazine. On the hottest days I carry a LCP carbon fiber edition. Love them both. I have a tuck and go holster for both, a belly band that works for both, and pocket holster for my LCP. Carry Z-Max in both with one in the pipe. I think the .380 is capable, but I like knowing I have 25 rounds of 40 S&W. Carry what you are comfortable with, but always carry. I have read it too many times, the .22 in your pocket is much better than the .44 on your dresser.
     
  10. unit44justin

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    The Sig P238 you won't have that problem.


    Even with out the extended grip it is 100x more manageable than the Ruger LCP.

    OP definitely check out the P238. The only thing the LCP has going for it is the price and reliability to go bang, but that means nothing when the first round hits that bad guy and the rest hit everything around him.
     
  11. GlockIt

    GlockIt Carry on my friends!!!!

    Another LCP owner here and I love. I have 2XL hands and I can hold and it shoot it just fine
     
  12. dutchs

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    I had an LCP and I just could never get comfortsble with it. Really loved the gun, put the extended mags on it and still didnt like the pinky hang. I really did like shooting it but just didnt feel comfy to my hand. Traded it on my 23 gen 4.
     
  13. BAMA454

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    What about the S&W Bodyguard?? Anyone have/shot one of them?? I like the looks of it :/
     
  14. butcherboy

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    I prefer something a little stronger

    My deep concealment gun is a Kahr cm9. Its the same size as 380 with a little more stopping power.
     
  15. casey97

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    6 ft 2 in 300+++. The LCP is fine. My hands are large. Took me a little practice to shoot my LCP consistently. If i can manage my Glock 27 after practicing I can definitely manage my LCP. Practice, practice, practice. If you get a larger .380 might as well get a small .40. A rifle is more manageable too, but where are you going to conceal it? If because of clothing limitations I can not conceal my Glock 27, then the LCP is my choice. It cleans like a Glock. It is almost as reliable. For someone to say all it has going for it, is concealability and reliability is pretty funny. What else do you need? If you are not accurate with the gun practice. If you have difficulty correctly gripping the gun, practice. All the if YOU problems are not gun problems, they are YOU problems.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2012
  16. dutchs

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    True, and if YOU are not comfortable or YOU dont like it the gun isnt gonna tell YOU. Only YOU can decide. Just an opinion. Not neccasarily what all people will believe.
     
  17. casey97

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    Completely agree. If YOU are not comfortable with a gun you may not consistently carry. My Glock 22 is extremely comfortable to shoot and I am very accurate with it. However if it was my only option for CCW I may leave it at home now and then. This is why I carry a Glock 27 and a Ruger LCP. I may not shoot as well with them but at 10 yards away, I will own any bad guy. If you shoot a bad guy at more than 10 yards, then good luck convincing a jury of self defense. Carry as much gun as you can. Be as accurate as you can. Most important, always carry.
     
  18. dutchs

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    Tru, true ,true!! I only dont carry where the law says no you cant! I prefer my 21. A lot of people say, ***?? Just my preference and i will use alternate means of carry if needed. Just my comfort zone! Great discussion Casey. Now this is what Glock forum is all about!!!
     
  19. Bersa Thunder .380 CC FTW!
     
  20. casey97

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    I have a CCW, but just between us friends the first C is for concealed. If you see me carrying, I am doing something wrong. If I have to draw my gun, most people would be glad I was armed. It is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.