Is the .380 ACP the new .38 Special?

As a woman working in the firearms industry, I often am asked what guns I recommend for other women. It is a tough question to answer, as we all have our preferences and abilities. I find that more and more gun bloggers, gun store workers, instructors and shooters direct women toward trying the various small .380 ACP semi-automatics on the market. I also am guilty of that. I have reviewed plenty of small, concealable .380s hoping to guide women shooters to the right handgun. However, it is starting to feel like a cliché. We been down this road before and asked: Has the .380 ACP replaced the snub-nosed .38 revolver as the go-to handgun suggestion for women?

I remember when .380 ACP ammunition was next to impossible to find; I also remember it was during a time when it did not matter that much. Who was carrying a .380 anyway? Sure, there were Walthers and Kel-Tecs, but those guns were not popular with many women. However, in the last few years, the .380 ACP has regained popularity.

Picture shows a woman holding a pink revolver.
Has the .380 ACP replaced the snub-nosed .38 revolver as the go-to handgun suggestion for women?

During the 1980s, enough women purchased handguns to make a difference, and the industry took notice. It was not 2012, or even 2002, but 1992 when women gun owners grew in significant numbers. Scholars claim Smith & Wesson’s Ladysmith revolver and the marketing campaign that followed aided greatly in the increase. In a market overwhelmingly dominated and propelled by men, gun manufacturers likely were at a loss for what to sell us. With our inexperience, we women certainly had no idea what to tell them what we wanted to buy.

Enter the .38 Special revolver. Certainly, the revolver is reliable and easy to use, and snub-nosed ones look less intimating than GLOCKs or 1911s—especially during a time when many women left firearms and home defense to men. The .38 Special’s popularity continued. Even today, on more occasions than not, when a woman walks into a gun shop, the sales staff immediately directs her to the short-barreled revolvers. A few years ago, I fell for it. When Smith & Wesson released its polymer, snub-nosed .38 Special Bodyguard with laser grip, I thought it would be the perfect concealed carry gun. Indeed, in theory, it was. The .38 Bodyguard is lightweight, accurate, reliable and perfectly concealable under a variety of clothing in my Flashbang bra holster. What I did not expect was that becoming confidently proficient at shooting it would be a painful chore I ended up choosing not to endure.

As my journey continued to find the Bodyguard’s replacement, friends let me try their .380 Bodyguard, SIG P238, Bersa Thunder .380 and Ruger LCP. Though I found shooting many of those enjoyable, it was not until I went out on my own that I found what I actually preferred. For me, shooting the SIG P938, Beretta Nano, GLOCK 27 and even compact 1911s in .45 ACP is preferable to the plethora of tiny .380s available. In fact, quite a few years ago, my everyday carry (EDC) was a subcompact Kimber 1911. An accurate and smooth shooter, the .45 ACP was my go-to. With training, practice and determination, you can just about master anything.

I understand why.380 handguns are so popular with women. With the locked-breach design of many modern .380s,  a lighter recoil spring is possible, making the slide smoother and easier to pull.

Generally, .380 ACP handguns:

  • Are kind to the recoil sensitive.
  • Are sufficient for self-defense.
  • Hold more rounds than a small, snub-nosed revolver.
  • Are smaller, lighter and thinner.
  • Are easier to conceal under tighter-fitting clothing.

Many of my friends chose to carry the GLOCK 42 or the SIG P238. They are both very good handguns, but why the .380 and not the 9mm? Is the 9mm that intimidating?

Let us compare the .380 ACP with the 9mm. Even though the .380 and 9mm share the same bullet diameter, the .380 round holds less powder than the 9mm, meaning it does not gain as much velocity as the 9mm. The 9mm is a faster round that penetrates further than the .380. Meaning, the 9mm outperforms the .380.

My friends, you can operate a “larger” caliber gun. Just check out Shyanne Roberts. Shyanne is a nine-year-old competitive shooter—comfortable behind her .223 Remington AR-15, 20-gauge Remington 11-87 shotgun and GLOCK 19c 9mm. Also, 17-year old Michelle Chestnut shoots competitively for Barrett with a .50 BMG, and 19-year Lena Miculek has competed since she was eight.

When it comes down to it, it is your choice, and you should choose the gun you feel most comfortable using. If you feel comfortable with the .380 now, I am glad you found a handgun you can train with and defend yourself. However, do not limit yourself. If you think you cannot handle a “bigger” caliber, please read the following articles for a confidence boost, then get out there and try.

What do you think about the new .380 craze? Tell us in the comments section.


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Comments (49)

  1. Seems everybody keeps on reinventing the wheel here. If you find ANYTHING that matches the ballistics of the wicked .32 NAA, Id like to see it. Ive had mine for five years and would put it up against anything. Including my .40 cals. I can hold the pistol in the palm of my hand totally concealed. Recoil is not a problem at all. And Kahr kept the quality up when they took over the original mfr. How about 4 layers of denim and then 8.5 inches into the gel. What did you say? No, I got the tests and you can quote me on that. PS: The pistol is all steel.

  2. I agree with Tim above. I wonder how many people are carrying little (ccw) guns and have not taken the time for proficiency. Especially with the strikers and the long DA trigger pulls put on ccw guns. This alone would lead me to DA/SA or SA only for handguns with barrels under 4 inches. My little revolver with 1 7/8″ barrel took a lot of lead down range until secure levels of proficiency came in.

  3. I too would like my wife to shoot a larger caiber,which she does with a gold cup 45.but it is too much for practical carry,for her anyway. around our propery she uses a small tractor and it is really handy having her 38 loaded with shot shells and a speed loader wth hollow points..anyway every one is diferent and likes what they like.thank you for your insight and your values as a shooter and an American,semper fi

    1. She has probably already figured out that she can load a revolver cylinder with a couple of shotshells, and three or four hollowpoints.

    2. you are correct sir.i even noticed she turns the cylinder to the selected load and have seen her do it now several times while shooting varments and a cooperhead snake.

  4. I read a recent article on the small, polymer guns and the author’s opinion was that the little pistols are really hard to master as the center of weight on the action, which is nearly behind the trigger, makes for a surprising amount of muzzle-whip. This was extremely tiring to the author and his opinion was that too small made the firearm a poor choice for ETC as proficiency would require an unacceptable amount of compromise trading range time for “small and light”.

    My wife prefers her Ruger Security Six and practices with the .38 spl. Plus the difference between that and the .357 mag is negligible. I have a Bursa mini-firestorm in 45CAP and that is about the smallest in that calibre that a normal mortal should carry.

  5. My problem exactly, both wrists worked on last year and raging arthritis remains. I can shoot anything but it takes a toll whereas I can practice with the .380 keep up my skill level and carry what I train with. I can not say enough about my P238, great gun.

  6. I carry anything from a .38 Special Rossi 5 shot revolver up to and including a Model 1911 chambered for the .45 ACP. Depends where I am going to be, what clothing is acceptable for where I might be and the ability to conceal the weapon of choice successfully without being noticed. As a man, I believe women are capable of doing or being whatever they desire. I am comfortable that my wife can handle herself and use a multitude of weapons for self and home defense.

  7. A great .380 you did not mention and that is my Kahr P380. I carry it when I am just going to the store or get gas real quick and my wife loves the feel as well. 7+1 and is the most accurate of all the .380’s I have shot over many years. Great article.

  8. .380 vs. 9mm? noted she likes the 938, which is a slightly larger (i mean slightly) 238. as to bullet effectiveness, she should have a look at the .380 and 9mm tests on youtube, ammo quest. also the ballistics charts at: .380 is a very effective and shootable round. why not carry a 9? she already answered that….buy what you can shoot comfortably and reliably.

    BTW, i always like to Suzzanne’s take on things; great stuff.

  9. I agree about the mind set of some foreign countries police agencies. That said if you were to test .380 (9mm short) ammo used by European Police you will find they clock very close to the bottom end of a non +p 9X19 mm round. My point is only to say if .380 ACP is what you can use do not feel it will not work at all, it will, and has stopped “threats” for over a hundred years.

  10. I am 6 foot and weigh 185. I like my Bersa .380 Thunder, also have the Bersa .380 Thunder CC along with a Bersa, Beretta and SCCY 9 MM’s. My go to is the Bersa .380 Thunder

  11. I’m a 6’2″ 205 lbs guy and I carry a S&W 380 Bodyguard. It’s light, small and fits in my pants pocket. It’s also reliable and, like the revolver, I can double strike a cartrige if I have a FTF. As with anything, if you have a comfortable weapon to carry you will carry it. To me, weight is a big factor. I used to carry my 38 Chiefs Special but now the Bodyguard has taken it’s place due to ease of carry. As with any weapon, if you don’t carry it, it is of no use.

  12. I agree with author Suzanne. Though the .380 is a good round and can be horrible painful for a bad guy, I think its only a matter of time before the 9mm para has its due in a truly small and lightweight CCW platform. However, can manufacturers provide more than 6 or 7 rounds of 9mm in a CCW? It seems to me that if a CCW 9mm packed 9 rounds — it would be a fantastic selling point. But is there physically room anywhere on the platform? We’ll see.

    1. I have carried a Taurus model 92 which holds 16 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber as a concealed weapon. Granted it is not the best choice for concealed carry, but with the right clothing it is comfortable and does not print an outline either. With a second magazine on your person, that is a LOT of rounds.

  13. I carry the 380 S&W Bodyguard, I like it because it fits in my jean pocket, it is flat, some what compact, I have 3 various snub nose 38’s which I like the feel of and the shooting. I have come to the conclusion if I am forced to use the Bodyguard I will have to empty the mag in rapid fire, So I practice rapid fire defensive shooting. The gun always performs without a single failure. No matter what defensive gun one carries, you must practice with it,

  14. I suggest the Sig Sauer P238. It is a single action .380 with a 6+1 or 7+1 (with extended Mag.) capacity pistol. The pistol can be racked back with the hammer cocked which allows for very easy racking. You would then place the side mounted (like a 1911) safety on safe and carry cocked and locked. I had a Nano but did not like the lack of a slide lock which make the manual of arms for a double feed jam problematic. The P238 is very much the same as a Colt Mustang-Pocket Lite which is another I might consider, one model now offered in a polymer frame.

    1. My EDC is the P238 with the extended mag + one more mag. I have the 250C in .380 at home + other options. Why .380? I did 9mm for years. Arthritis & hand surgery has required other options. Love my Sigs!

  15. Why would anyone want a .380 5 shot revolver? A student of my firearms training school bot a Taurus .380. I went back to the factory 4 times before she traded it back to the shop that sold it to her. Taurus makes junk and a good gun or two in between but 4 times? .38 or .380 in a revolver- stay with the revolver loaded with 158 gr SWC hollow points.

  16. Guns are a lot like cameras. The best one is the one that you have with you. Big guns like big cameras tend to get left at home because they are cumbersome, etc.. Nothing wrong with the .380 ACP for general purpose carry. At least, you will have it with you.

  17. I think the new 380 craze as you put it is nothing more than men and women attempting to be logical, rational and methodical.

    Rather than asking whether someone should or should not use the 380 acp, what we should be asking is why are there so many irrational and hysterically focused gun enthusiasts.

    There is absolutely no evidence that I have ever seen or ever even heard of that carrying the lowly 22 lr EVER caused one to be under gunned.

    In all my years on earth, I’ve never heard of anyone saying: “Oh that gun is only a 22lr therefore I have no fear of it.

    I’ve never seen a Swat Team nor a Seal Team in a hostage rescue situation all pack up and leave because it was only a 22lr at the scene.

    So rather than ask what we think of the 380 acp craze, what we should be discussing is the bizarre attitude of so many Americans that have NEVER experienced a situation in which they were actually under gunned resorting to the constant mind numbing perpetuation of myths related to stopping power, one shot terminations and “bigger is better” wacko mentality.

    I train regularly which makes me much more competent than 99.9% of the public and 98% of law enforcement officers.

    Most of my training is with Rubber band “handguns,” Air Soft and BB guns. Of course the objective is to build muscle memory.

    However, ultimately one does have to train with actual firearms, but that can easily be cut down by 90% in order to save money and bullets.

    The use of BB guns for the training of troops during the Vietnam War for point shooting especially with shotguns was a time honored policy.

    As far as concealed carry is concerned, I would feel no less “gunned” if I was carrying a 22lr or a 45 acp. What is most important is the comfort and the skill in using it.

    Knockdown power, one shot stops etc is ridiculous and has very little place in the defense of the average civilian.

    People should do as they please, but what we need is for those in the gun press to stop promoting these insane myths that have no basis of fact.

    People should shoot what they feel comfortable with, and train to the level of competence they feel they need for their potential threat level.

    For the overwhelming majority of Americans, that means having skills slightly below that of a police officer. And Police Officer competence is a very low bar since statistically, the average police officer never even pulls out his weapon from his holster in his entire career.

    As others have mentioned, having a firearm is far more important than its caliber or its stopping power especially in view that our country is pathologically prone to obesity.

    Carrying the lightest, gun that you are comfortable and competent with is far more important than how many bullets you have and its caliber.

    For myself, while I would love to carry a 380, they are just too small for my hands. I want a weapon that I can grab easily and quickly and securely and grab it the same way all the time. Speed and retention is far more important to me than how tiny and light it is.

    Caliber to me is irrelevant.

    When we tell people to exercise, we don’t demand that everyone be trained to the fitness level of a NFL Football player of a world class athlete. What we tell them is moderate exercise is good for you.

    It is the same with firearms. You don’t need to worry about caliber. Go find what works for you and then practice to make sure you are competent for your anticipated level of threat.

    For the average citizen, you”d have a greater chance of being attacked by a Great White Shark in Lake Michigan than having to rely on a 45 caliber because those “bad guys” keep getting up after being shot–LOL!!!

    Let’s try to keep it real since the average American Citizen is crazy enough as they are.

    1. Proper hand fit and PRACTICE are more important than caliber. I have BIG hands{and feet} . I find that when moving with a pistol in hand I have to relax my grip to move my trigger finger into the trigger guard for the shot. This pulls the muzzle off target a little. I think this is called the length of pull. As for practice the air soft works good for short range multiple targets in the garage. Shoot move shoot turn shoot. Hang old jar tops on strings. See how many hits you get from full mag- use a timer.

    2. Here…here. Agree with you wholeheartedly. Given the circumstance, I believe anyone would hate to have a case of lead poisoning no matter what caliber. Practice is the key. Outside of stopping the life and death threat, the other concern and equally important is over penetration that could hurt or kill an innocent.

  18. I am trying to find a gun my wife can use without anticipating or reacting to the recoil. I prefer a .45 but it is way too much recoil for her. I’ve picked up a 9mm S&W but pretty much the same results. A larger 9mm controls the recoil better but its size makes it harder for concealment. She has tried various 9mm and .380’s, sig, glock, S&W, etc. But when it comes to a pistol that is small enough for personal carry for her the recoil of a 9mm really affects her accuracy. I think I would prefer her to accurately hit a target 6 or 7 times with a .380 to maybe randomly once or twice with a 9mm firing the same number of rounds. Right now it is down to a Sig P238 or Glock 42. The Glock 42 is lighter so for now that is the winner. Currently we are in the process of buyig a G42. That being said once she becomes familiar with the .380, regardless of which one she keeps the lighter G42 or heavier P238. She can always upgrade. She has been to women only classes but watching her therecoil is the big issue and I don’t want her to be afraid toshoot if she has to.

    1. Try a North American Arms .22mag revolver. UNDERSTANDING one is not going to shoot a bad guy at the other end of the football field, it is an awesome, controllable, and concealable close range weapon. By a BB gun to practice with. Basics do not change, just the system. I love my PARA ORD P-12, but I also carry the NAA .22mag, especially during the summer.

  19. Why do people think that because one is of a certain gender that they cannot shoot certain firearms? If I hear a woman go into a gun shop one more time and the guy behind the counter talks a woman out of a higher caliber round and into a smaller one for one sole purpose, they are a woman, I will scream.

    I have known many women who can shoot a wide range of calibers. I’ve also met many men who can’t handle recoil worth scheisse. So what does this article have to do with anything? In my opinion, nothing. It’s just more gender bias.

    Folks, respect women with firearms. Gun shops, don’t feed your female customers a load of crap that they are dainty and can’t handle recoil. This is just a load of crap. Some men can’t handle recoil, and some women can’t.

    Best advice, shoot before you buy. There are many gun shops that have ranges and many ranges where people are more than willing to let you try their firearm. If you like the feel and can handle the firearm and it does the job you are looking for, then that is the gun to buy.

    Caliber by gender…. Pfffft!!!

  20. I am far from a small person, at six feet and 270 lbs. I am also on the North side of 65 and have some hand strength issues. For these reasons I often carry a Sig P238. The size of the firearm and my size combine to make the P238 almost undetectable. All of this said, you have to know the limits of the .380 cartridge ( still used by police in many parts of the world ) and ensure you can place your shots where they will do the most good. I know one shot from my 1911 .45 will be more effective than 3+ of my .380 and practice accordingly.

    1. The police in some parts of the world using .380 are in countries where they are so against killing anyone, including badguys, that their thinking is wounding someone enough to slow them down until capture. In the U.S. stopping the threat is more the line of thinking.

  21. good advice. article about 38special was good – as I have just gotten a lightweight 38special. I also have a .380 Ruger. Being a senior woman with a few physical problems, I found the 380 hard to slide; feels good in the hand tho. The 38 just fits fine, being light its easy to bring my arm up to aim and fire. I am practicing shooting and handling both every day to get familiar, get safety ingrained into my mind/actions, and will take a concealed carry class asap. Hope never to use either but the way things are going nowdays, who knows? Pays to be prepared!!!

  22. Off duty, I carry everything from a kel-tec .380 to a glock 33 .357sig depending on my clothing…but my go-to favs are my glock 42 and my ruger lcp. I have found through continued practice that all of the weapons simply enjoy eating the hydro-shok round. I trust my .380 choices….with my life I guess you could say. THANK YOU

  23. My most successful advice for a new shooter is “Don’t buy a gun, buy a gun class.” Get some experience shooting different guns, and let the shooter decide what she wants.

    On .38 snubnose revolvers, get one that’s steel and has enough weight to tame recoil.

    Remember, the first gun isn’t a carry gun. It’s a carry/practice/home defense/fun shooting gun. Compromise so it better fits all those roles.

    1. I wouldn’t buy a class as a beginner. A lot of classes out there are crap unless you get a good instructor who isn’t taking a stand on being tactical or not. A better option is to buy training videos or books (of trusted sources). This way you can review the material constantly, as well as cross examine techniques to truly find what works for you.

  24. I carried full-sized revolvers and semiautos for over 20 years, mostly as part of my job, but also off-duty. I found he sidearm with the mostest to be the Beretta 92FS; it had size for recoil control, barrel length for max velocity, sight radius for more accurate performance, optimal grip-to-barrel angle for natural pointability, and held 16 rounds fully loaded, obviating the need for spare mags. It was, though, in a word, BIG. Of course, the SIG had the same pluses, but SIGs are prohibitively expensive for most folks.

    Well, I’m older now and that trail is behind me, my body shape is different, and it’s just a pain in the ass to carry a full-size combat pistol anymore.

    The first rule of gun fighting is, as they say, “Have a gun”. In daily carry in most locations, for non-professionals guns like the Beretta are over-kill. I guess it’s all a matter of priorities. Since the chances of having to engage multiple assailants on the street at various ranges are literally miniscule, a more rational tradeoff looks increasingly attractive.

    I now merely drop a Ruger LCP in my pocket, and I’m read’ t’ go. Since I mostly wear baggy cargo pants, carrying front-pocket in an appropriate holster affords as quick a presentation as drawing from a strong-side hip holster.

    The blessing is that the weapon is so small, lightweight and unobtrusive it disappears from one’s consciousness until it’s needed.

    Which means that if the SHTF, I’ll have it with me instead of lying in my gun safe at home.

    When all you’ve got is a hammer, every problem starts looking like a nail.

  25. My wife is vertically challegened ( short) and I equipped her with short friendly guns, mainly a Mini-14 and a Youth Model Remington 870 ..20 ga.
    That Rem is a sweet little piece that I find myself grabbing to go check out a dog alert.
    It would be fine for an older persons stature(Im 59)and the #3 buck is plenty.

  26. it may be a matter of technique.try pushing the frame while pulling the slide.the thunder has an easy slide,and pleasant to shoot. snuby revolvers aren’t fun to shoot but get the job done at close quarters.

    take a look at the ruger gp 100 with a 3 in barrel it is concealable yet alot more controlable than my charter arms undercover.

    also the bond arms over unders could be a solid option you could try some pachmars on your snubby

    good luck 🙂

  27. When I found the Shooters Log I was happy to find that so many of the blogs are by the CTD women. I have learned a lot and had some fun.Women are a big part of the future of our sport and the salvation of our rights.In reading the blogs about picking the proper size and caliber for the smaller hands and muscles of women I thought about another problem. When men become elderly they get weaker and slower and the eyes start to go. I can still handle the Beast {12 gauge Rem 870 with full power buck}. But when I am pushing 90 the recoil would probably put me on the ground. You should do a few blogs on guns for old men. You will have to address male ego and pride but there is a need. Also our rights and when to hang them up.

  28. I’m having a hard time finding a semi-auto for my wife. She has a real hard time pulling the slide back. I’ve put her on the Kel-Tec 380, the Browning 380, and the Glock 26 and she has a hard time with all three models. The small revolvers in .38 hurt her wrist after about 10 rounds. Don’t know what we can do now.

    1. GRA,
      Has your wife tried the SIG P238 or P938? I find the slides on those two semiautos very smooth. If she is more interested in a revolver, why not try something bigger? The 4-inch barreled Armscor M200 is a pretty hefty gun. Every woman I’ve taken shooting with it finds the recoil manageable.

    2. My wife is 4’9″ and had the same problem. Also, her hands are too small to reach the trigger with any leverage on a revolver. And, although she didn’t really want a .380, she did try some out. The only pistol she really felt comfortable with was the Nano and that’s what she now trains with and carries. The slide was easy for her to rack, too.

  29. I have had a Ruger LCP since they first came out. Loaded with Hornady Critical Defense rounds and a spare mag, it is my summer time shorts and t-shirt gun. My logic is that if that is my attire, then the bad guys will be wearing it too, and the Hornady ammo will do its job. Of course, this is for normal day to day carry. If my situation changes, then so will my weapon and ammo.

  30. The 38 Special does nothing for me. It brings nothing to the table. I own a Ruger LCP .380, and I agree with Suzanne’s listed advantages. I have a long term goal to trade my Ruger for their similar 9mm compact model. 9mm ballistics blows 38 Special out of the water, yet .380 is still competitive with 38 Special ballistics.

    1. 9mm Luger blowing 38 special out of the water? It depends on the loads you choose. 38 special has been getting watered down for decades, and what used to be standard 38 special is not 38 +p, due to old weak revolvers being built on the cheap. Old standard 38’s used to achieve 300 ft. lbs easily, and new +p still can, and in truth modern 38’s can handle old +p rounds that can bring the 38 special up to muzzle energies in the 350 ft. lbs. category, in line with the standard 9mm Luger. Then we can take a look at the magic that Buffalo Bore can do, with +p doing 470 ft. lbs. out of the ol FBI load from a standard 4 inch barrel service revolver, I think to compare 38 to 380 is only true in low power, pussified rounds, and that 9mm’s vast superiority is not nearly as true as you think.

    2. I have a mid size 9mm. 4″ brl. (Walther PPQ, excellen trigger) But I choose to carry my Ruger LCR (revolver) always. It is so versatile. .38sl., .38+p, .357mag. I use both guns a lot. The 9mm sits bedside loaded with 1,395 fps Double Tap at just shy of 500 ft-lbs. (No .38 or .380 coming close.) It also does the job for me starting out in USPSA Production Division. The thing about the LCR is it is so much fun to shoot. I put a tritium night sight on it. I carry it so many different ways. (Front pants pocket, coat breast pocket, jacket pocket and most often OWB at 3 o’clock) It always has a bullet in the chamber(s) and feels so much safer than a loaded cocked semi-auto. A striker fired .380 brings nothing to the table in comparison. The Ruger LCP and LC9 have goofy long trigger pulls. Might as well have the safety, reliability and versatility of a little .357. Any future semi-autos for me will be SA or SA/DA as most all striker guns have poor trigger action. I can feel the smooth revolver action work and know exactly when the hammer (internal) is coming down. My little LCR is just a blast.

  31. I do not think the 380 is the new 38. Though they both can fill similar roles.
    When recomending a gun I take in account experience and purpose,the method of carry and how often one will actually practice and train and maintain the weapon.

    For the average person with little experience just looking for a home gun for the night stand, nothing is better than a heavy barreled 4in 357 loaded with 38+p

    It has a short learning curve,accurate, and can be left loaded for years and still be reliable.and with the right carry is still concealable.

    All guns have there niche, and shooters have their preferences.

    But it is hard to beat the classic 357 for ease of use,low maintance, and stopping power..

    In the end it is the gun that the shooter is the most comfortable with that matters. My friend prefers the s&w 8in 44 mag SHE does not like the ruger lcp at all lol :0

  32. CORRECTION:Apologies…I said my .380 is carrying Gold Dots.It has Hornady Critical Defense loads.
    Ive been in a days long discussion about Gold Dots and its on my mind.

  33. Interesting take on this .I recently shifted from a .38 w/silver-tip Glasers for my on/off duty back- up in an ankle holster to a Sig P-230 in .380 with Gold-Dots.However,my wife still likes her Taurus Titanium .38,also with silver Glasers.
    For a purse gun and her shooting style we both prefer her to have a revolver.
    Ive never been much of a .380 fan but,like the 9mm of the early 90’s, the ammo drawbacks have pretty much been addressed.
    In my case I like the 2 xtra shots with a quick reload ability.Im thinking if Im down to dragging a weapon off my ankle,things are really sour and I need all I can get.
    Good article.

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