I am not a .380 type. To be fair, I haven’t shot one but I have heard about the recoil and the guns themselves are small. I’d rather have a good handle on my single stack 9mm than not have a firm grip on a .380. HOWEVER, since I will eventually be teaching others, I want a variety of calibers for new shooters to experience. In the past shopping for a firearm, I cannot tell you how many times I was handed a pink .380 pistol. Not these days, I will tell you what I am looking for, straight away.
I am torn between a Glock 42, Ruger LCP, and Walther PK380. Capacity is 6+1 except for the Walther, which has capacity for 8!
The Glock 42
PROS: Easy to dismantle. Simple operation. Reliable. Customizable. Comes with TWO magazines (super plus!)
CONS: No manual safety for beginners. I have heard bad reviews of this model, stating failures to feed and eject.
The Ruger LCP
PROS: Dependable, used by law enforcement as a BUG (back up gun). Tons of accessories available, common choice. Very ergonomical. Very slim profile, easy to conceal.
CONS: Comes with ONE magazine (C’mon Ruger, get with the program!!!) No manual safety.
|Weight||9.4 oz (270 g)|
|Length||5.16 in (131 mm)|
|Barrel length||2.75 in (70 mm)|
|Width||.82 in (21 mm)|
|3.6 in (91 mm)
$399-419 *Found at $199 online at Palmetto State Armory
The Walther PK380
PROS: Best ergonomics! Feels good in the hand. 8 ROUNDS! Manual safety for beginners.
CONS: A little heavier, tiny bit larger than Glock 42 or Ruger LCP. Take down tool needed. ONE magazine again?! Walther, get with the program!!
After further consideration: too big for a .380, just get a 9mm- they are the same size.
|Weight||22.4 oz (0.64 kg)|
|Length||6.5 in (17 cm)|
|Barrel length||3.66 in (9.3 cm)|
|Width||1.2 in (3.0 cm)|
|5.2 in (13 cm)
$379-$419 (with laser)
If I was looking to purchase for my own personal use, I would include the Remington RM380. I have heard nothing but good things about it and it comes with TWO magazines and is significantly less than the Glock 42.
Which do I choose? All are great firearms, truly…but for the classroom use, price reigns king and I cannot refuse a $199 price tag for a Ruger LCP at Palmetto State Armory. Unless there’s a better deal at the gun show…which there WAS!
Keep in mind when ordering online, you have shipping and taxes still, but if you have gun show come your way, you can get specialized prices if you look hard and can get the vendor to agree. I picked up a new Ruger LCP in Kryptek Neptune for only $219.00 out the door. Yes, out the door, no taxes, no other costs. If I had ordered from Palmetto State Armory, there would have been more taxes and I would end up paying close to $240 or above. This little bugger is tiny, I can put her in my pocket. I can see the easily to conceal likeability but we’ll see more after I shoot her. There is no manual safety but a good holster solves that.