August 2018

VALUE GUIDE: 380 ACP Semi-Auto Pistols

GUN NAME GUN TESTS GRADE COMMENTS
ARTICLE: 380 ACP Shoot Out: Ruger LCP Takes On Remington, Rock Island, August 2016
Rock Island Armory Baby Rock 51912 380 ACP, $356 A Combat shooting gave good results. Accuracy was excellent for a pistol this size.
Ruger LCP 3701 380 ACP, $229 B+ We would pay more for the LCP Custom, which has better sights and trigger.
Remington RM380 Micro 96454 380 ACP, $341 B Heavy stacking of the trigger led to poor accuracy. Sight regulation was also badly off. 
ARTICLE:  New 380 ACPs: Ruger’s LCP-C And Taurus Curve Shoot It Out, October 2015
Ruger LCP-C Custom No. 3740 380 ACP, $419 A The sights and trigger are great improvements over previous versions of the LCP. 
Taurus Curve 180CRVL #1-180031L 380 ACP, $380 C The bottom line is that a pistol without sights isn’t useful, in our opinion. 
ARTICLE: Hot New Pistols from Kimber And Browning Shoot It Out, September 2015
Kimber Micro Carry Advocate Brown 380 ACP, $796 A- The Kimber was well finisAhed and demonstrated excellent reliability and accuracy. 
Browning Black Label 1911-380 051904492 380 ACP, $620 B The Browning is a reliable handgun with familiar operation. Less accurate than the smaller Kimber. 
ARTICLE: A Quartet of Pocket Pistols from SIG Sauer, Glock, Kahr, and Colt, November 2014
Glock 42 380 ACP Subcompact Slimline, $480 B With a Viridian green laser on it, we’d bump up the grade to an A- and probably buy it.
Kahr CW 380 No. 3833 380 ACP, $419 B We didn’t like the sights, the short grip, or the long DAO trigger pull. 
Colt Mustang XSP Pocketlite O6790 380 ACP, $649 C+ This costs a lot of money, and there are many pistols that work better for less money.
SIG Sauer P238 238-380-NBS12 380 ACP, $710 C Its controls should have produced a 1911-like feel, but the inconsistent trigger pull affected accuracy. 
ARTICLE: Follow-Up: 380 ACP Pocket Pistol With Factory-Fitted Laser, January 2014
Ruger LCP-CT 380 ACP, $559 A- Ramp-up time was nil, but to fire the pistol without using the laser was a feat. 
ARTICLE: Follow Up: 380 Pocket Pistols With Factory-Fitted Lasers, September 2013
S&W Bodyguard 380 109380 380 ACP, $419 B The Bodyguard had the best integrated laser sight of all the models tested, easy to turn on.
ARTICLE: Old Against New Pocket Pistol Duel: Mauser HSc vs. Ruger LCP, July 2013
Ruger LCP 380 ACP, $379 B+ The LCP performed with any ammo we loaded into it. The sights are minimal.
ARTICLE: S&W Bodyguards: Revolver Or Semiauto for Self Defense?, June 2013
Ruger LC380 No. 3219 380 ACP, $450 A- The LC380 offers better ergonomics than many smaller 380s.
ARTICLE: Pocket Pistols with Factory Lasers: Walther, SIG, and Ruger, February 2013
Ruger LCP-LM No. 3718 380 ACP, $443 B+ The LCP-LM was an easily concealed pistol; we couldn’t operate the laser switch with one hand.
SIG Sauer P238 Tactical Laser No. 238-380-TL 380 ACP, $829 B- 1911 aficionados liked the P238 for its trigger, and laser activation was easy to perform.

Comments (1)

Why is it that when pistols are evaluated EVERYBODY Leaves OUT SCCY pistols.

Posted by: Paul Fischer | March 12, 2019 5:42 PM    Report this comment

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