Surprised the Remington R51 didn’t make this list. I tell new CCW people to carry the most potent weapon they actually can conceal and get comfortable with, not the smallest and lightest available. If you spend any amount of time online, you’ve seen product rating systems on Amazon, Netflix, Yelp, etc., usually in the form of star ratings. Expand your opinion to something legitimate and/or constructive with first hand knowledge. Now I feel like I have t fire the XDS 9MM again before I trust it, Really shook me up when I casually pressed the trigger and got a light clunk. I would bet my life on this smallish, nice looking pistol. I’d never heard of the site; wanted to check it out to see how much I want to buy the article at face value. Maybe something like this? You fire as soon as you pull and have aimed. I find that many pistols jam because of a defective magazine that’s not feeding properly. None. How many times do you change magazines in a self defense situation? I can do it blind folded. You do not get a small light pistol without trade offs. Double strike capability, Magazines all stainless that look like custom 1911 mags. No sights (“Stick it up their nose and pull the trigger”). Obviously you really do not get into pocket guns or spend time with folks that do. Yep and they give AK’s a bad name with how terrible theirs are. The thing stinks. Bodyguard were well rated. Free FedEx Option* (2) HOPPES 357 9MM 380 38 CALIBER PISTOL & REVOLVE $ 8.12 (0) ETS UNIVERSAL PISTOL MAG LOADER - .380 $ 22.17 (0) Pistol Magazine for .380 Automatic 7 Round Blue Or the Kahr in there? The trigger is long and has some over travel but it’s very smooth. To each his own . Recently we exchanged and shot each others weapon, I have a Taurus LCP 380. It is designed as a personal defense arm not a target pistol or a plunker. I found that many mags for the Hellcat where not cut properly with too much play at the catch. I laughed when I got to the CM40. You do not have one clue about what you are talking about. I had 4 LCP’s that went down with cracked grips, frames, broken take down pin, split rails etc. I own some pretty toys and more expensive carry guns but for everyday carry i choose between my CPX 2 and S&W 442 and feel just as confident with either. In light of that, the valuable service you claim he’s doing may well be smoke and mirrors. He does not know how to use it. BTW except for the cobra all these little guns got good reviews at various times…FWIW. In other words, it’s not pleasant to shot at all. Never had a malfunction, easy to shoot, accurate, and good looking – what’s not to like? .380 pocket pistols have a well-deserved reputation for having some of the worst trigger pulls of any semi-automatic pistols on the market. Just my two. Do you really know anything about pocket guns? It shoots all varieties of .380 ammo I’ve ever run through it. But if ultimate concealment is the need, then just accept that it will need to be .380. Best .380 ACP Carry Guns. I think the SCCY might be marginally better and has 2 mags. I called the factory and was accused of limp wristing. Anyone have the Bersa .380. IMHO it packs a great punch for a pistol that slips away in my pocket. We even joked that we needed to start a “Pocket Gun Palma” match. It is considerably lighter and smoother than the original LCP and other comparable .380 pistols, and it also features the Glock-style bladed safety that must first be depressed in order for the trigger to be pulled. I have several friends who own Pico’s and swear by them. The CPX-2 fails to fully eject one shell per magazine. I’m glad it ended well, but if he hadn’t scored a first round hit he would have been screwed for real. Is it possible to find a Hellcat II that runs well, shoots well and fits well? Unfortunately, my DB380 experience has mirrored that of many of our peers. I have a brand new Cobra that has never fired a shot ! One now has over 4,000 rounds of flawless ammo down range the other now over 1500 and have never broken a firing pin. Here is some news for you. The Recoil spring is a one spring like almost any other. It’s not a range gun, and should not be treated as such. …… Snicker. Undeniably one of the best .380 pistols for concealed carry, this 5.17 inches long polymer-framed handgun is always a best seller among civilians on CCW while it remains to be one of the favorite back-up weapons by law enforcers. How is it possibly at the top of the list? Succy–Suckey–Sucky—Sucy–Suky–Nope. It was his first time shooting it (or any gun) ever. It shot pretty well overall, but the trigger sucked. I’m generally a fan of .40, though it does have a bit of a signature snap. Its elegant lines and precision engineering have a timeless appeal. Mostly new firearm buyers that buy into all the advertising and ridiculous internet junk. All of these features together, the improved trigger, the enhanced serrations, the stippling on the grip, and the slightly wider grip size all combine to make the LCP II a better handgun to shoot than the original LCP. I’ve seen tons of positive reviews of the CPX2. Do they now have 12 round mags? I also have the Kahr. And I especially enjoy its clever name. Its very much a personal decision then, based on fit, function, and how well it shoots. How is the pot metal Cobra #2? The “Mary Rosh” controversy (where Lott used that pseudonym to answer critics and to post one favorable review of More Guns Less Crime) is discussed. But that’s just me Not everyone places as much weight on user ratings as I do. Hence why Hipoints explode when high pressure rounds are put in them or don’t feed reliably when hollowpoints are used. Making The Right Choice. Well, you’re in luck, because your fellow Americans have voted, and for some pocket guns, the results aren’t pretty . The Lorcin Engineering Company was a firearms manufacturer that is notorious for producing faulty, small-caliber pistols. My SCCY runs like a champ. Tiny little semi-automatics — sure, there are many good ones and many bad ones. lol Damon really? My God, have you really shot or even handled one? From what I have heard the folks at SCCY provide great customer service. My hands are simply too large for the tiny Ruger. I chose. This is NOT a target gun. I own a SCCY CPX-2 personally and it has been a flawless gun. So special, they ride the short bus. Keltec P11 will take S&W 669 mags……10,15,20 rounders…..just like the Marlin Camp Rifle….. Slicked up and did a Golden Loki Fluff & Buff on my Kel-Tec P3AT after I bought it years ago. All guns I would have avoided anyway, except the Pico. And the Pico will run like a sewing machine. This only naturally makes it more difficult to fire properly like we just talked about. It just goes into endless redirects until your browser gives up on it. Total joke. The Glock is the gentlest recoiling of all the .380 pistols on the list and is amazingly accurate. Are you kidding me? Hi points work if you use FMJ and clean and oil the gun. There really is NO WAY to know if the rating is based on a real, objective assessment of the firearm. Nope. CM40 is my summe4 carry. the problem with your rating site is that it is seriously flawed. My other gun is a Beretta PX4. Why Beretta didn’t copy the ergonomics on that is a mystery to me. © Copyright 2020 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved. It is almost a virtual impossibility to drop the mag without having to literally stop everything your doing and have to yank the thing down using 2 hands. 2) Cobra Firearms CA380 (4.3 stars ±0.9, 36 votes). According to our peers, here are the six worst pocketguns, from less awful to worstest. Various light machine gun and rifle variants were also planned, but few ever made it to the prototype stages. It is not a pleasant gun to shoot, but a helluva lot worse on the receiving end. These guns shoot any ammo I have fed it. I have literally spoken to no one that has said anything positive about the Pico. (1) Astroturfing happens, both ways. Yes it did. Did he shoot various ammo or run them for accuracy. Of all the firearm purchases you may make in your lifetime, a pocket gun is probably the one you can least afford to screw up. They have gotten great reviews and by the serial numbers and manufacture dates on the 2 guns, their sales have gone up 4x but the QC has suffered greatly. And of course not break down like they do with high volume shooting. I have to disagree about the SCCY CPX-2. Probably have about 2500 rounds through it. Did you give them Cyrillic numbers to rate with? VersaCarry (Sitzco LLC) 380XS 380 X-tra Small Black Delrin $ 23.99 (0) VersaCarry (Sitzco LLC) 380SM 380 Small Black Delrin $ 23.99. That’s a lot! The one I had was utter shit. Oh, it fits my hand great too. If you have to rely on Counter Clerks for advice on firearms tells me quite a bit. You really missed this one. Also you gotta test the ammo you intend to use. yes the Mass’s might love them, but who the hell are the masses? The LCP isn’t that bad. The reason the trigger pull is lighter is because it is a SA trigger versus the DA trigger on the original LCP. On the plus side, the SCCY has a lighter trigger than the Kel-Tec P11 (which may explain the problem), but the P11 always goes bang. The sights on the LCP II are built into the top of the slide like its predecessor. Like a great car or movie, a great firearm can become a true classic. GLOCK - G42. I’d have to disagree with the cpx2’s place on the list even though the company had growing pains. Hmm, intriguing question. All these tacticool wannabe’s on here think they’re special. 3) SCCY Industries CPX-2 (4.3 stars ±0.4, 99 votes). One for range and one for carry. Too small, too weak, too much plastic. I like the concept at least. I appreciate the review. I’m not saying every single person who votes needs to leave a full, detailed review, but encouraging people to at least leave a couple pros/cons would be most helpful. My shooting buddy has an LCP. I have several pocket pistols, Just had my XDS 45 fail on me (Light primer strikes) and have another XDS in 9MM, I have a S&W Sigma 380, that works but is less pleasing than my two Ruger LCP’s, Kahr, CW380, or my Colt Mustang XSP. The Pico is top notch. Shoot to make the thug dead. Keltec P-11 listed as 10+1 on THEIR website. Does this guy have any gun expertise? The Kimber is, therefore, the best 380 pocket pistol you can find for the money. In a fight you won’t notice it. Even new users will be able to accurately fire shots from around 15 yards. Mild. How about some info on some of the pocket pistols that may be considered the best? ©COPYRIGHT 2020, THETRUTHABOUTGUNS.COM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. But for a handgun of last resort, I prefer an Airweight. But, in real life event, the trigger want matter. Wrong about sccy. Option: pocket sized .25 ACP pistols. Shooting (And Finally Breaking) the SCCY CPX-2: Or has been suggested earlier you can just go snub nosed revolver. To quote his expertise is laughable. Stovepiped and double fed left and right, and Kel-Tec didn’t want to lift a finger without me footing the bill for shipping. I’ve never seen one that ran well or was anything but unpleasant to shoot, provided you can get more than one round off without a misfeed. Very very inconsistent across the board for everything they make to not be considered really bad. Of course, there are probably a hundred other options out there, and dozens of those could make this list, but these are the guns that have been tested and proven to be the best of the best and to function reliably in a defensive situation. There is nothing copyrightable in those designs. Ruger sought out to remedy much of these problems with the LCP II. IO stopped making them and moved to Florida. +1. Every one of these pistols are incredibly easy to conceal in your pocket. I trust my Hellcat 380 as much as I do my S & W 39, but I prefer a tight revolver over any semi-auto when my life depends on it. It’s not that the gun is too small, it’s that the trigger is much too close to the tiny grip. Their Reviewers have alot of feed issues due to lack of knowledge of proper grip. I have thousands of rounds through both and they keep on trucking One gun has 5000 rounds with just one failure with all kinds of ammo and that was a bad primer strike, which by the way the Pico has “double strike” capability which took care of that. Simple, easy and the Beretta Pico is in fact one of the most mild shooting Pocket Pistols out there. Ruger has proven that you don’t need to have an arduous and gritty trigger pull on a .380 auto and it’s likely that more manufacturers will now follow their lead. Its not. Or had a bad exp. I have 100s of rounds through both my kahrs with zero fails. Hellcat 380. what a waste of time. Both shoot about the same as far as low recoil. NOPE! Well, Taurus only makes one gun that really meets the “pocket pistol” criteria set forth in the article. based on what your stupid opinion? It is a small barrel gun NOT a target gun. Oh not to mention Sccy has great Think he went through that with customer service 😉 Ill give ya the mag though. Try the Sig P938… If you are truly carrying for protection you don’t mind the Sig Price if your life is on the line and the P938 shoots like a minature 1911… Love mine and have had several friends buy them after shooting my P938 SAS. Its that bad. I don’t know if I should believe anything guns3x has to say, he is clearly insane. In contrast to this, the original LCP did not lock back on the final round. I wouldn’t bother to get that info from this site. Sleek design, totally snag proof. I shoot a lot of pocket guns. No I don’t own one … I own two. Personally, I only go by in person reviews, in this internet age, from people proven trustworthy. I have shot the Pico with thousands of rounds and can honestly say I have Never had ONE single failure out of thousands of rounds. It’s tight, even well after break-in. The wisdom of the crowd phenomenon? Split chassis, cracked frames, split rails, broken take down pins. And BTW, the “gunsgunsguns link doesn’t work. From what I understand the early ones with the safety have issues compared to the later ones without a safety. .40 maybe too big for a “leetle” sub-compact pistol. No gun, none, should have a mag release that is that stiff and impossible to use fast and effectively, especially in a carry gun none the less. These are not military combat weapons. Do you perhaps have a very early one? Caveat: I bought mine used, so I don’t know if the previous owner had done any tweaking to get it that reliable or not, or whether a factory-fresh one would need any sort of break-in period. It is my bicycle gun. Sure, I can see how many people liked or didn’t like a firearm, but more important than that is the REASON they voted the way they did. This article was total BS. They claimed to have test fired it after repair. Certainly it should appear on the Wikipedia page. Remember, these are life-or-death guns, not gopher guns or race guns. I agree, the P3AT is my go to light carry gun. Best .380 Pistols Reviews – 2020 Edition. Both the front and rear sights are black which can make it difficult to see them if you are aiming against a dark background. Both have been dependable and will function without a flaw on anything I have tried. Or the Springfield EMP (Though mine runs awesome, they are known for manufacturing problems). Those were the worst. You mean like the crowd of voters that put Obama in office twice. You got to be a rookie. The Pico is a great gun. Sold it and picked up an LCP off a friend for $150. The 42 is even smaller than the 43, but carries 6+1 with the standard flush-fit magazine. I just can’t see myself ever paying for a gun called SuCCY! It is my favorite except the 15 ounce weight makes it have more recoil than a typical 9mm. I’ve no complaints. Only drawback is the 2D trigger. I had a CPX-2, functionality and reliability i couldn’t complain about. They’ve reportedly improved it in newer model LCPs. until you find a way to weed out braindead haters who vote based on their idiotic and unedumacated feelings all of your results will be skewed by gun store rednecks who dont know what the word “ballistic” even means. They sent me a replacement gun that wouldn’t chamber the 1st round. The Pico will eat any ammo I have fed it, and has proven flawless with thousands of rounds down range. No thanks. :p. People generally avoid spam masquerading as journalism. Trash. We indicate sponsored content as such. I’ll definitely be checking it out. The 13 Best Compact .380 ACP Pistols for Concealed Carry. I give them a failing grade because neither gun reliably goes bang each time you pull the trigger on factory ammo. 4. Though my CW380 was also unreliable and pinched my finger after firing. . I have several pocket pistols, Just had my XDS 45 fail on me (Light primer strikes) and have another XDS in 9MM, I have a S&W Sigma 380, that works but is less pleasing than my two Ruger LCP’s, Kahr, CW380, or my Colt Mustang XSP. The first generation CPX-1s had some problems and gave the company a bad rep starting out, but the company was so adamant that they fixed their second Gen guns that you can send any of the old ones back (they shipped in red boxes) and they will replace them with brand new Gen 2s (which ship in blackish gray boxes). I some what question these results mainly because I own one of the guns on this list. 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