Tuesday, March 30, 2010

.380 Auto Heads Up

SGC USA has PMC Bronze .380 for $13.99.

If you've been looking for .380 that's not ridiculously expensive you might want to buy some before it's gone. I don't own anything in that caliber, but I do know it's been difficult to find for some time now.


Weer'd Beard said...

Don't get it myself. You can get a bunch of different guns that are the size of a Walther PPK or smaller these days in 9x19mm or larger, which is more cartridge for less price and better availability.

Just sayin'.

Oh and if you want somthing fun and cheap to plink at in the range, and maybe carry if'n you need to, just buy a CZ-82, and 9x18mm is still cheap, plentiful and easy to find. The 82 is a pretty slick commie gun, given that you can get your mitts on one for under $300!

Laura said...

Weer'd - I believe I can answer that for you.

My first gun was a .380 - specifically a Bersa Firestorm, which is nothing more than a prettyfied Bersa Thunder. I bought it because I have weak wrists, and could not handle a 9mm pistol. I still find them uncomfortable after more than 10 rounds.

Weer'd Beard said...

I wonder how much of a difference it actually makes, given that the 9x19 pistols are generally locked breech, and pistols like the bersa (or my CZ) are blowback, which should impart a bit more felt recoil foot-pound for foot-pound.

Just speculating, if it works for you, go for it!

FYI the 9x18 is nearly identical in recoil and muzzle energy as the 9x17 .380 Auto. Tho you will rarely get much of a selection on defensive ammo for it. While lots of nice top-shelf defensive cartridges exist for .380....if you can find them.

I'd wonder how a gun like a S&W M&P 9c or one of Mike's 9mm Sigs would feel to your recoil sensitive wrists...

Mike W. said...

Weer'd - I think Laura's discomfort is going to be more dependent upon the firearm in question than the round (or blowback vs. breech block)

She has tiny little hands, and if the gun doesn't fit you end up adjusting grip to reach the trigger. I could definitely see that bothering wrists.

I have girly wrists AND arthritis in my stronghand wrist. After a few hundred rounds of 9mm my wrists are pretty sore.

Laura - I have a sneaking suspicion that my P6's will fit your hand quite well. What 9mm's have you shot that were uncomfortable?