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380 ACP vs 9mm

This is a discussion on 380 ACP vs 9mm within the Non-XD Handguns forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; revolvers hurt my hand, in that the trigger guard beats into my top grip finger, you won't have that issue in an auto, period. I ...


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Old 04-23-2012, 07:29 PM   #11
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revolvers hurt my hand, in that the trigger guard beats into my top grip finger, you won't have that issue in an auto, period. I can't imagine the recoil hurting any other way. A girl doesn't need an itty bitty gun, most women carry purses right? I would stick to a 9mm, and find something manageable.

I personally love my walther P99c, very light and compact, very little recoil. XD9 subcompact, 9mm 3inch 1911, pps, lc9
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She usually prefers the idea of carrying on body since a purse is often the target of an attack. she would like to be able to just forget about the purse and run without giving up her firearm.
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My wife HAD the LCR 357 and handled it pretty well with non plus p .38 ammo. She's very petite, too. I traded it straight up for a CZ 75 Compact though. She has the MP9c now. I also had a P238 and it shot softer than the LCR. Very nice gun. The LCP will be at least as snappy as the LCR, probably worse. Check out the MP9c...great little gun.
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Not to beat a dead horse with this .380 thing but has anyone had much experience with the walther pk380? looks like it would be decent as far as having a little more grip comfort dispersing the recoil? any thoughts?
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My wife HAD the LCR 357 and handled it pretty well with non plus p .38 ammo. She's very petite, too. I traded it straight up for a CZ 75 Compact though. She has the MP9c now. I also had a P238 and it shot softer than the LCR. Very nice gun. The LCP will be at least as snappy as the LCR, probably worse. Check out the MP9c...great little gun.

Thanks we will definately look at those again to see how she feels about them.
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Not to beat a dead horse with this .380 thing but has anyone had much experience with the walther pk380? looks like it would be decent as far as having a little more grip comfort dispersing the recoil? any thoughts?
It was fairly nice, I never owned one per say but my buddy owns a gun shop and I am in there fondling the pk380 all the time! Im always scared off from the price of ammo. I wish it were a 9mm!
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What she shoots best is what she should use/carry. My wife loves the BG 380 auto. And she's very accurate with it! She is a small gal and has no problem with the recoil. I personally think the 380 recoil is over hyped. She has small hands and can get a perfect thumbs forward grip eliminating most of the flip. It's small, but it's what she is comfortable and good with, and that's most important to me. She looks forward to shooting it. No good to close eyes, and flinch from higher caliber recoil. Better to carry light than not at all. We are working on stepping up the caliber s-l-o-w-l-y. But, .380 is good for now. Again, it's what she is comfortable with, as she reminds me all the time. She could be terrified like alot of women, but the 380 makes it fun. And when she's happy, life's alot better (sarcasm)

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She usually prefers the idea of carrying on body since a purse is often the target of an attack. she would like to be able to just forget about the purse and run without giving up her firearm.
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Since your wife loves the LCR I'd suggest the following:
Get a heavy 357 such as a Ruger GP100 or a Smith 686, either in a 4 inch barrel. Do most of the range time with the heavier gun, and put in a smaller (but still put in range time) with the LCR. Carry the LCR and keep the heavier Revolver next to the nightstand. She keeps with the same style (Revolver) and griping/malfunction drills will be similar rather than shifting between pistol/revolver.

In the end, let her figure out what she wants.
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Wife doesn't like practicing with her LCR for the same reason. Wished I could have talked her into the 357 version, the extra weight might have helped.
Not too likely the weight difference would have negated the .357's recoil, IMO. The .38 SPL LCR weighs 13.5 ounces while the .357 LCR weighs 17.1 ounces. Don't beat yourself up over it.
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