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Box of Ruger ARX ammunition with 5 bullets lined in front

Ammunition

Ruger ARX Ammunition — It’s Wicked Look Is Only Surpassed by Its Performance

Ruger’s ARX load uses a uniquely fluted bullet of copper and polymer composite. The bullet is a lightweight for the caliber in every offering, which means high velocity. This translates to high energy for the caliber. But handgun ammunition is not about speed, it is about performance. Read the full story to see how Ruger’s new ARX ammunition performed at the range.

SIG Sauer P238 .380 subcompact gun with Rosewood grip and engraved slide

Concealed Carry

SIG Sauer P238 Review

In our final installment of winners of the Blogger for a Day contest, Rachel McMurry reviews her new SIG Sauer P238 .380—a high quality and much-loved replacement to her Ruger LC380.

News

Remington Officially Announces New Pistol—the RM380

Cheaper Than Dirt! reported on the rumored Remington RM380 over a year ago and the company finally lifted the veil on its newest pistol—a true double-action only, aluminum-framed .380 ACP pocket pistol. Find out when it is shipping and more of the specifications and features in this post.

Firearms

Walther Knows Pocket Pistols

Walther began making compact pocket pistols in 1908, and over the decades, the company has built a reputation for making well designed and reliable pistols. This spirit of innovation and dedication to functionality are carried into the company’s interesting and useful pocket-pistol lineup, including the CCP, PK380, PPK, PPK/S, and PPS.

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Firearms

Not a Glock Fan

I’m not a fan of Glocks. I never have been. I have always liked attractive guns. For handguns, that meant things like the venerable Browning Hi-Power with wood grips, the 1911 Colt in blue with Rosewood trim, and even James Bond’s Walter PPK because of its unique lines. I always found Glocks to be a bit ugly.

Picture shows a black and brown PMC Bronze ammunition box, with five rounds of .380 ACP next to it. cheap ammo

Ammunition

The Four Best Cheap Ammo Buys

As far as affordable ammunition goes, people tend to go for Winchester “white box” or Remington’s value line, UMC. However, when I search for ammo by price, lowest to highest on Cheaper Than Dirt’s website, Win white box and UMC rarely pop up as the cheapest. Now, I tend to pick guns in calibers that ammo stays relatively consistently cheap and easy to find—.22 Long Rifle, .223 Remington and 9mm. My recent foray into the sub-compact .380s means I have been spending a little bit more, but I recently found a reliable round that doesn’t break the bank. For .22 LR, I’ve been able to shoot CCI through rifles and handguns without much issue. TRAJETECH surprised me in 9mm and Armscor tops my list in all calibers.

Crimson Trace’s grip is soft, smooth and comfortable.

Reviews

Pink Pistols: Bersa Thunder .380 with Pink Crimson Trace Lasergrips

Before shooting a gun I have never shot before, I read reviews to get a general idea of what problems I could encounter while shooting it. Generally, this means I get a preconceived notion of what the gun is going to be like. Sometimes reviews are right and sometimes I find in my opinion reviews are really off the mark. Often, guns surprise me. Everyone raved about the S&W Shield, but I personally don’t like it. Sometimes I think I am going to hate a gun, but end up falling for it. As is the case in the Bersa Thunder .380. Reviews are mixed. Many said it was a cheap gun, malfunctioned, heavy with a bad trigger. Other reviews mentioned zero malfunctions, reliability and a great grip. However, all reviewers mentioned the accuracy of the Bersa Thunder .380 and I agree. The Bersa Thunder .380 is by far the most accurate gun I have reviewed in a long time. I achieved less than 3” groups from 20 feet consistently. As it stands, would I recommend the Bersa Thunder as your number one concealed carry gun? Probably not, but I would be more than happy to take this accurately pink number off my friend’s hands.