The .380 pistols known as pocket pistols, mouse guns or “get off me” guns can be a good choice for self-defense.
Prices vary from $200 to $700, some current full size handgun model may be a better choice to go.
If you’re looking for good concealment carry, then the 380 is a good choice.
Here’s a quick list of good .380 pistol for concealed carry for the need to know now:
- Ruger LCP II .380
- Kahr CW 380
- Sig Sauer P238
- Glock 42
- S&W Bodyguard 380
The next thing that comes up are limited ammo and no umph behind their blast. (stopping power)
Let’s go over some pros and con.
The .380s are usually light in weight, this makes it harder to dampen the recoil thus affecting the accuracy of the shot.
Another thing that can affect the recoil is the design.
Having a high grip helps in handling recoil better than low grip.
The grip size also helps in better control of the gun. The bigger the better.
Last its obvious that the caliber is not the power compared to a .45 or a .40.
So the positive is that its a highly concealed gun, but you still need to be aware of deep concealment. This would make it harder to access in a stressful situation.
Another upside is the caliber, I know what I said earlier.
38 Special vs .380 slug
But a closer examination against a .38, a .380 velocity is faster. Yes, it doesn’t hit as hard as the .38 due to the different grain weight. (158 grain vs 95 grain)
This is why its important to employ multiple shots in a self-defense scenario aiming your shots to the vital points (center mass) of the body.
Quick Word on Ammo
Another equation to add to your equalizer is the ammo.
Go with a decent hollow point ammunition. If you’re experienced with hollow points, then you know that all hollow points are not the same in terms of expansion when it hits the target. The only real answer is for you to get some and test it out then choose which ones to go with. Check out these .380 ACP self-defense rounds here
Ok, here’s the description on these fine .380 pistols:
- Ruger LCP II 380
The newer LCP II 380 version is made from polymer with a 2.75″ barrel. A lightweight at 10.6 ounces can pack six with one in the chamber.
If you’re looking for a bargain then this is it – MSRP $299.
The only complaints is that it has a long and heavy pull.
If you like lasers, it does come with a Veridian pre-installed.
- Kahr CW 380
This is also a polymer frame gun and the smallest from this list. The barrel is only 2.5″ with a weight of 10 ounces.
This trigger is smoother than most with good sights.
One thing to know is that you really gotta play with a variety of ammo, its not exactly plug and play. Some ammo makes the cycling awful on this piece.
Some folks have said using the regular ball ammo is fine.
- Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380
This Bodyguard weighs in at 12.8 ounces, sports a long heavy trigger pull with double-strike capability. This means if you squeeze the trigger and all you get is a “click”, pulling it again allows the cartridge primer to be struck a second time, hopefully firing it this time. This also comes with a Crimson Trace laser.
- Glock 42
Everyone knows Glock makes good reliable guns.
Their G42s performs very well.
The barrel is longer than the other at 3.25″ and weighs more than the others at 13.76 ounces.
This may be the reason why you can shoot quickly and accurately and not have your muzzle flip too much.
This obviously has a higher price tag at $440.
- Sig Sauer P238
This is more expensive than the G42, MSRP at $629.
With a great name brand, the gun also performs well.
The P238 “is 1911 Inspired”. This is an all metal gun which gives you extra control on the recoil, very accurate.
Weighs in at 15.2 ounces with a 2.7″ long barrel.
If you’re not used to taking a 1911 apart, then don’t get this gun.
Mouse guns that roars with .380s are good if thats what you want for CCW.
Just keep in mind if needed for self-defense, you’re going to be raining down multiple leads to stop someone.
Do you carry .380s, let us know below.