However rather than being a downside, the weight tames recoil, which is very helpful for a small gun. [2] It was introduced in 1908 by Colt, for use in its new Colt Model 1908 pocket hammerless semi-automatic, and has been a popular self-defense cartridge ever since, seeing wide use in numerous handguns (typically smaller weapons). But rest assured, you will be prepared to fend them off with a good shot or two from this pistol.

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The real jaw-dropping feature is the price around $200 for this quality compact pistol, which is outstanding value for money. S&W integrates a Crimson Trace laser into the frame, so no need to fuss with a rail and this allows for highly accurate shooting. If you want a true concealed carry pistol that will handle the high-stress situations like a champ, this should pop up on your radar in a big way. But it functions as if it should be twice the price. Making a second entry on the list is Smith and Wesson with the M&P Bodyguard .380 Crimson Trace. Framed with polymer and 2.75-inch75 inch barrel, Ruger’s LCP 380 pistol is a lightweight fighter coming in at only 9.6 ounces. You will be prepared for a dangerous situation with superior firing power and quick shooting. That means less bulging and no undue attention because you just so happen to be carrying a pistol. They make firearms that are among the most reliable pistols in the world.

This would be a great pistol for those who prefer something bigger in size, but concealable for under the radar carrying. You can find a pistol that will mostly be used for self-defense purposes (like the .380). This is lightweight, easy to fire, and will be ready and able to get you out of a life and death situation with you surviving it. If you can manage to shoot precisely and ensure you have a solid amount of ammunition with you, the .380 Auto is more than adequate to get the job done. Indeed, they are among the most reliable varieties of pistols on the market. What it comes down to is this: it is compact, easy to handle and offers enough firepower to stop most threats.

The current street price is within the $299 range. This will definitely be a great pistol for those looking for a good amount of concealability while being able to fire it with ease and at a time when your life is on the line.

This pistol is built for the woman that wants to defend herself by any means necessary. These pistols are proven to be accurate, powerful, and a ton of fun to shoot. In fact, the .380 is perhaps one of the best calibers that you can find for the purpose of concealed carry and home defense. The trigger is easy and light enough to pull, so shooting won’t be a struggle if you end up in a dangerous situation, and this pistol will deliver quick shooting with one pull of a trigger. Using blowback operation, the design can be simplified, and lowered in cost; a locking mechanism is unnecessary, since the mass of the slide and strength of the recoil spring are enough to absorb the recoil energy of the round, due to the round's relatively low bolt thrust. On top of the easy handling ability, users were able to quickly get shots off and hit their targets with effective accuracy up to 20 yards. Other than that, it should be a great pistol that will come in handy anytime and anywhere you find yourself in a life-threatening situation.

This pistol is proven to hang with the big boys. One user said that she also enjoyed firing this at the range and seeing how accurate it could be up to a distance of 20 yards. The Italian Army used the Beretta M1934, but the Italian Air Force and Navy stuck with the 7.65mm/.32 ACP when they adopted the Beretta M1935. That’s how one user described this pistol when she bought it. Also, it’s small in size to a point where concealability will likely be greater compared to different sized pistols (i.e. Yes, they might be more likely to face attacks than men. You won’t experience any jamming at all (nor will it malfunction). Important to some is the aesthetic of the weapon and Sig Sauer recognises this,  giving people a huge range of choice of trim level, so you can get the basic blackout version all the way up to their Rose Gold version. It isn’t an exact copy, but it’s so close that we might as well not split hairs. Most recent buyers say that this pistol was solid in weight and had little recoil right out of the box, thus making it easier to control and shoot accurately. If longevity is what you look for in a pistol (along with reliability and excellent firing power) this might be what you need. Once you have this in your hand and take a few test shots, you’ll know for a fact that it can stand a good chance of saving your life in a survival situation. Barrel length is 3.675 inches, so you get accuracy and better performance from ammunition. Finding the best .380 pistol can be a challenge. This makes the pistol extremely comfortable to shoot, so don’t let the small dimensions and statistics put you off; it’s a seriously good gun that packs a punch and delivers across multiple specifics. Despite their late entry to the game, some would argue that the 380 EZ is one of the few pistols that treats the .380 correctly. One of the biggest selling points though is how user-friendly the gun is. Best of all, it can cool off a lot quicker after an extended shooting session. That is exactly what you’ll want in a pistol that is best for the money. You are almost guaranteed jam-free and malfunction-free shooting each time you put this to good use. While it will be a great pistol for concealed carry and self-defense, it certainly proves itself useful as a casual target shooting gun. Will it last you a lifetime. The last entry on our list, the Taurus 738 TCP comes in as the pistol to solve your compact carry needs particularly if you’re on a tight budget. When it comes to .380s, the full size is slightly larger than the others in measurement. This pistol is at the right size for a woman to conceal it in just about any way possible. Ever wonder why they are relied on by military and law enforcement members in almost 50 countries? On top of that, it’s the right size to fit in most IWB holsters so you get the best concealability possible.

This is a great concealed carry pistol for both men and women. The Ruger LCP II .380 ACP makes a strong, convincing case as to why it belongs on the top of our list. However, the 380 EZ solves this problem, by putting the .380 round in the same size of the pistol as the standard M&P Shield, one of the best and most popular carry guns on the market. So following tradition, the Glock 42 is still one of the most popular .380 pistols on the market today. In short, you are getting a whole lot more than what you’re going to pay for.

The Bodyguard with Laser is a pretty incredible value (around $350). This would be an excellent pistol for those looking to keep this nearby with their holsters or keep it at home for home defense only. full-sized). It was widely used by police forces in Europe until at least the 1970s when more powerful 9×19mm handguns began to replace it in this market as well. There are ammo types, particularly the specialized ones (hollow point, steel case, and high-end ammo) that might not cycle properly, causing jams and otherwise not being ideal for the weapon. The LCP II is a slim micro pistol with an integrated trigger safety (similar to a Glock) and a smooth, easy trigger pull. We recommend that you follow a similar formula to this for the purpose of choosing a pistol of your own. You get 8+1 with an extended magazine, 7+1 with a flush fit. The.380 Pocket Pistol has been among the most beloved firearms of the modern era for different reasons. It delivered a great deal of accurate, reliable shooting and left consistently tight shooting groups on targets between 15 to 25 yards.

Weight is light at just 10.6 ounces, making it very easy to take around in a bag or so on. Owners have praised how simple it is to manipulate the slide, which is vital. Furthermore, the small dimensions and light weight make the gun less pleasant to shoot. Indeed, it proves itself to be really reliable. They can throw around as many names as they like, but it’s not a real conversation without talking about Glock. If you want durability, accuracy, and reliability all rolled into one nice little package, then this could easily be the pistol you’ll want on hand. So, pay attention to pistols that have a light trigger pull (along with other attributes like easy loading). The .380 ACP (9×17mm) (Automatic Colt Pistol) is a rimless, straight-walled pistol cartridge developed by firearms designer John Moses Browning. He said that it was quite accurate up to about 25 yards with the shooting groups being nice and tight the farther the shots went. If you want excellent concealability, unrivaled firing power, and reliability then this Ruger LCP pistol could just be a clear choice. Now, all it takes is finding a holster that will fit it like a glove.

Construction – is it sturdy and durable? Other names for .380 ACP include .380 Auto, 9mm Browning, 9mm Corto, 9mm Kurz, 9mm Short, 9×17mm and 9 mm Browning Court (which is the C.I.P. Carrying capacity is 6+1 with the flush-fit magazine or 7+1 in an extended version. So you get the potent combination of excellent reliability and unmatchable concealability. She added that there wasn’t a whole lot of recoil, thus giving her a good deal of control over the pistol so she could shoot it straight and land each shot on target.

They seriously don’t call it the “pocket rocket” for nothing. If you are looking for a pistol that will be excellent for beginner concealed carry users and will live up to the standards of being one of the best .380 pistols in the business, then the SIG Sauer P238 Spartannii 380 ACP might just be what the doctor ordered. It also happens to be competitively priced (around $300). So, if you want a pistol that won’t leave you hanging and will shoot perfectly, this .380 pistol will be right up your alley. One user said it didn’t feel heavy but it provided less recoil than any heavy pistol that he’s handled in the past. It can and will deliver accurate, reliable shooting with one pull of a trigger.

It’s also small enough to fit in most pockets.

[6] According to gun author Massad Ayoob, "Some experts will say it's barely adequate, and others will say it's barely inadequate. Because they almost never fail. With the help of the laser sight, each shot will be accurate and tight. But it can definitely serve its purpose by delivering excellent, effective accuracy better than almost any full-sized pistol on the market (regardless of caliber). Why settle for less when you can get a good deal of firing power and reliability in the process? Concealed carry is stealthy and no one will know that you are carrying until you draw your pistol when needed. Reliability is key when it comes to finding a pistol for concealed carry purposes. The reason being was a lot of new users had average and even small hands, making this pistol a lot easier for them to use. Truly one of the classics, the PPK/S still holds its own in modern concealed carry.