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"Best" .380ACP handgun?

Discussion in 'General Handgun' started by john_r, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    Yeah...not a bad gun....and shootable (have both a G43 and a Shield and have shot friends' G42)


    I've never personally seen the logic of not upsizing to a 9 in a frame that's substantially equivalent in the G43. More power, cheaper ammo, better ammo choices.
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  2. TACAV

    TACAV G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    yea i agree with all that but I suppose if you are just someone who is really recoil sensitive or something it might be more worthwhile.
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  3. FortyXDM

    FortyXDM G&G Evangelist Staff Member

    Recoil is the ONLY reason I don't carry a .460 S&W 12 ounce pocket gun !!!!
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  4. Wicked109

    Wicked109 G&G Evangelist

    I bought an Accu-Tec 380 many many years ago, it really resembles the PPK in looks and style. It is extremely accurate because it has a pressed in barrel (not floating). If I knew then what I know now about firearms, I probably would not have bought a 380. Will I keep it, probably - so I won't get in the mood to buy another one. Don't get me wrong, 380s are fine, daughter has her Ruger LCP Custom and she loves it. I like it too, but would rather get a compact 9mm like the Springfield has accuracy and comfort covered.
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  5. TACAV

    TACAV G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor


    Lol recoil is why I carry .38 spl +P’s in my scandium framed Smith and Wesson snubby vs .357 magnums.

    And even then you will still have a bleeding hand by the end of a whole box of ammo.
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  6. FortyXDM

    FortyXDM G&G Evangelist Staff Member

    Exactly .... That is why I won't consider carrying any gun that I can't like at the range (for at least 50 rounds)
  7. TACAV

    TACAV G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    lol If I wanna practice with that gun I shoot target loads and maybe put gloves on if Im gonna shoot a whole box.

    usually the worst I get is a small skin flap that blisters/rubs off on the knuckle of my thumb from where the rubber grips on the side meet the rounded metal edge of the tang.
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  8. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

    New York
    I read someplace that the FEG SMC-380 is a .380 ACP version of the FEG PA-63. If that is true, I have to start looking for one. The PA-63 is one of my favorite pistols.

    And I yielded to temptation and laid away the Baikal IJ-70 17A. So I really do need to find out if the 9x18 single stack magazines for the Makarov PM fit and work with the .380 17A pistol.
  9. Pope130

    Pope130 G&G Enthusiast

    The SMC-380 is the compact version, PPK size. This is my PA-63 compared to the SMC-380. They both have Marschal grips installed. The second photo shows a comparison of the back straps. The last photo shows the family, at the top right is an AP-MBP in .32, bottom left is a Mark-II, steel frame, flat back strap, in .380.

    FEG.JPG 008.JPG 017.JPG
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  10. Dragunov

    Dragunov G&G Evangelist

    I disagree. I have a Firestorm .380. If you get the factory magazines for it, it's pretty accurate (Mayo jar lid at 10 yds, 10/10), and is very reliable. I have probably 3000 rounds out of mine, and it just now seems to be broken in. For $325 (CA price), it's a great gun, at a great price.