looking for a 380 pocket pistol

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  1. island18

    island18 XDTalk 100 Member

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    I was over the Diamondback and Taurus forums, and looks like both forums cleaned their acts with the TCP and DB.
    The 380 Bodyguard forum is packed with complains, and the Kahr 380 runs about $ $480.I like the Kahr, but the TPC at half the price, not many problems and life time guaranty is calling my name
    Opinions?

    Thanks
     
  2. stuz92

    stuz92 XDTalk 1K Member

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    I've own the Taurus TCP for a few months now and have put about 400 rnds through it. It has shot great and seems very accurate at short range(7 yds and in). I did one one problem, the disassembly pin began to move out of its hole while firing, this happened at around the 200 rnds mark. Sent it to Taurus CS and they replaced the pin and the retention spring. Took 11 days round trip at no cost(love the warranty,also sent me an extra mag). It has been fine since.
    I can recommend it.
    That's my little guy in a Blackhawk #2 that i modified so it would wrap around the grip and that barrel was moved to the bottom on the holster.
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  3. PsychoBoB

    PsychoBoB XDTalk 100 Member

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    The ruger LCP is popular

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    As is the Kel Tec P3AT

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    But I love the Sig 238, although pricey

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    iCreek XDTalk 4K Member

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    I got the LCP, but saw the Sig last weekend, $600+ but looked and felt great.

    Here is a shot of my LCP with Crimson Trace

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    I'm liking the LCP... might have to consider that next...
     
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    Sgt 45 XDTalk 100 Member

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    I have the Ruger LCP with a Crimson Trace in my back pocket now. It lives there very nicely thank you and the CT is a HUGE boon to accurate shooting. It enables me to shoot very accurately to 50' which is the limit of the range that I shoot at. I often carry an XD 45c or HK 45c, but the LCP is always with me no matter what I'm wearing.
     
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    Tebs XDTalk Member

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    Unless you absolutely love DAO, it's hard not to like a Sig 238...any of the 6 choices that they offer.
     
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    MARSS XDTalk 100 Member

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    I had a DB380 that I bought in May. I'd stay VERY far from them.

    My wife has a LCP. Its eaten everything put through it. I'm getting a P238 in place of the DB. No other pocket pistol I've shot is as smooth. I also considered a TCP and the Micro Desert Eagle, but I'm pretty set on the sig.
     
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    PsychoBoB XDTalk 100 Member

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    I saw the all black P238 for $499 a few weeks back at Academy sporting goods. Ever since Ive been thinking I need to pick one up. I shot several KelTecs and LCP's and I cant say anything bad about either of them.
     
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    Tebs XDTalk Member

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    Good call. When I was shopping for a pocket gun, I had the opportunity to rent a handful of different 380's all of which were from very good manufacturers. I kept reaching back to the Sig because of its trigger.
     
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    Biggie313 XDTalk 500 Member

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    p3AT here. Couldnt pass it up for the price. shot 150 through it so far. 3 hic-ups. but was expected for the first 200 rounds. Lighter than most
     
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    southern thunder XDTalk 5K Member

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    Lcp or sig 238. The sig is single action and would need to be carried cocked and locked. This bothers some people. Not me!
     
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    i have an LCP, if i were in the market for one today i would consider the S&W Bodyguard .380 similar in size to the LCP and it already comes with a laser
     
  14. island18

    island18 XDTalk 100 Member

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    I don't like magazines reviews, I prefer going to the forums and learn from the owners.
    The Bodyguard forum is light up like christmas with complains, the S&W forum the same.
    I was surprised when I read the Diamondbacktalk forum, the people there are very happy with the new DB's, they also have now the two tones.
    On the Taurus forum you need to go back more than a month in order to find a complain
     
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    MARSS XDTalk 100 Member

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    They had 2 toned DB380's before I bought mine back in May. I wonder how many rounds the happy people have through their DB380's. I put quite a few through mine before the trigger stopped working on mine. That was no small feat with the amount of ejection and feed issues that pistol had. We're talking every 2-3 shots.
    Then if you consider that DB stopped paying for their defective product to be shipped to them. Just not a company I care to do business with.
     
  16. Bluto

    Bluto XDTalk 2K Member

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    I have the KTP3at that I call Timex. It has lived many places from my pockets to behind the seat of my pickup to the saddle bags of my motorcycle where it has shared space with pocket lint,sawdust in the pickup to cracker crumbs in the saddle bags and just about eveything else you could imagine. Even spent a couple of days in the saddle bags with a ham and cheese sandwhich once. :( (long story)
    The LCP is good also but pretty much a clone of the P3at for more $ Both are good Pocket pistols for the money though. There both smooth on the outside so they do not get hung up on clothing like exposed hammer pistols could. This to me is something that should be taken very seriously if you plan on a pocket pistol, and apparently KT and Ruger did also. No pocket pistol reguardless of cost or reputation or looks is going to help you a lick if you can not get it out of your pocket in a hurry. Exposed protruding hammer pistols as nice as they may be are better on the hip. The .380 round is such a limited round that it really doesn't make much sense to go overboard on a .380CC pocket pistol unless your into bragging rights with your friends. IMO Comfort, Concealibility Reliability, and user friendliness is most important in a pocket pistol. Bells and whistles do not mean a whole lot, and will not save your a**. There just a close up .380 cal. point and shoot SD tool,certainly not something you'd ever want to get into a serious gun fight with. The KT P3at and the Ruger LCP are about as good as it gets for reliabilty and value in Auto Pocket Pistols. After the 200 round breakin period and a Fluff and Buff the P3at has been as reliable as any pistol I've ever owned. They really are remarkable little pistols that has functioned way past my expectations. Good luck
     
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    I had #226 and it functioned flawlessly for over 600 rounds. While at my local gun shop they said that some of the earliest guns did have a trigger problem. I stopped by the DB headquarters - I live local - and spoke with them and they replaced it the next day. Which in fact was today. I think the DB has a great trigger, great sights and my first one functioned perfectly and is a much more ergonomically sound gun with no hand pain after a 200 round session. A couple people on here are very vocal about how their guns failed them but I know many people here locally that love theirs and the customer service has been great. Just another view.
     
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    I own an LCP and it is always in my back pocket in a wallet holster. ALWAYS !!!
     
  20. 1lowlife

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    LCP....
    My most carried pistol..
    Over 2 1/2 years and 800 rounds, never a failure of any kind.
    It was in my back pocket moments ago while I walked the dogs....:mrgreen:

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    LCP has a better fit and finish than the Kel-Tec P3AT..
    There is always room for improvement.
    But I'll let you decide..

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    As far as copies go, this..

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    Is a copy of this...

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    Which would you rather own, carry, and trust your life to...?
    I'm just sayin'...:mrgreen:
     

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