Top 5 .380 ACP Handguns For Every Gun Enthusiast

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May it be for learning how to shoot or as a tactical concealed carry weapon or CCW, the .380 ACP is an excellent choice for many gun owners around the world. Arguably, it packs lesser stopping power than a 9mm.

But being a smaller round has its perks, too. It is inexpensive, much lighter, and remains the choice for concealed carry?

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The Only .380 ACP Handguns You'll Need

1. Ruger LCP

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This list should start with the Ruger LCP. It is the simplest, smallest, slimmest, and lightest of the five. It sports a polymer frame and an efficient design that makes it easy to take apart and maintain.

The Ruger LCP .380 ACP pistol is no toy. It houses 6 rounds in the clip and one in the chamber. And since it is DAO, there’s no hammer that might snag on your garment, and that makes for a great lightweight CCW.

Its only downside (as one may argue) is the long trigger pull, being a DAO .380 ACP. The Ruger LCP may be bite-sized but boy does it bark. Its size does bring out a lot of recoils, so one should better tame it in the range first.

2. Bersa Thunder .380

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A criminally underrated pistol from Argentina, this .380 ACP is a product of good design. Both single and double action, the Bersa Thunder’s trigger pull is a breeze. The de-cocking lever also helps guarantee safety during concealed carry. It holds 8+1 rounds, getting you ready to counter any contact with one round more.

It boasts of a steel frame and feels firm and sturdy in the hands. Bersa Thunder .380 is also a bit on the bigger side of this category so recoil is not as bad. But it is still not big enough to alienate small hands. The Bersa Thunder is also inexpensive, making it a good beginner’s pistol.

3. Glock 42

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A skinny Glock? Sure, if we are talking of having a stealthier CCW than the Glock 19 or the 26. It looks and feels like a shrunk-down Glock, what with everything scaled down. Being a Glock makes it a reliable, well-balanced .380 ACP that is highly customizable for your desired tactical mods.

It also comes with the controversial Glock trigger safety and stock u-sights. What this .380 ACP need is an extender on that stock 6 rounder mag, or your pinky will swear. Other than that, you have a skinny Glock that could still bring out muscular firepower.

4. Kimber Micro Carry .380

This is not your 8-year-old son’s 1911; this is a real man’s .380 ACP! The Kimber Micro Carry is made with stainless steel and bears the trademark Kimber design that its .45 ACP brothers are famous for.

Strong, sturdy, robust, but a bit on the heavy side, which is good considering they all take much of the recoil. But, we reckon it isn’t heavy enough to pull your pants down during an encounter. Its mag carries 6 rounds with one in the chamber. This burly .380 ACP is almost entirely based on the 1911 template, making it a great SAO micro cannon.

Its trigger pulls are short and crisp and familiar. The Kimber Micro Carry Comes with basic sights that you could swap with dotted or tritium sights.

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5. Sig P238

Last on the list is this solid, sturdy .380 ACP from Sig Sauer. This stainless steel handgun may be a bit heavy, but it means that its recoil is just a toddler’s thud. The 6 rounder mag comes with a pinky extender, which is a nice touch and IS nice to the touch.

The grips can also be customized according to your preference, and that makes this .380 ACP the most ergonomic on this list. The Sig P238’s safety design blocks the hammer, trigger, and slide all at once.

And if that means a lot to you as a CCW operator, then this right here is our safe bet. Pun intended. Adding to the great value is that it comes with night sights out of the box!

Watch this video of Green Light Shooting checking the pros and cons on the top 5 best 380 ACP handguns:

To an experienced shooter, the .380 ACP is still a capable round. The guns of this caliber remain the top choice for many operators that need concealed carry.

Considering all things said, which .380 ACP handgun would you like to own?

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That said, which .380 ACP do you think brings the most value? Which would you let your child learn to shoot with? Which would you want to actually select as your personal CCW? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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16 Responses to :
Top 5 .380 ACP Handguns For Every Gun Enthusiast

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes I own380acp it feels like a good one in my hand like to get more clips for it


    I have found the BERSA .380 to be the best of then all. I own 2 of them and have never had a problem.
    But that is a personal choice. The quality is excellent and best of all it is NOT a pocketbook buster.

  3. HB Ryder says:

    you overlooked S+W 380 ez. Performance center model is probly better then all but the expensive Kimber

  4. Jim Rowley Sr says:

    I have a S&W 380 EZ Shield, which I use and am very happy with it

    1. Sam Lasley says:

      I just bought a S&W 380 EZ Shield and as soon as I can find ammo for it I’ll tell you my thoughts, but it looks good, feels good, is easy to rack and load shells.

  5. Ford says:

    I am not a fan of .380. Having said that, I have carried a Ruger LCP for years. It fits in my pocket, doesn’t print much, and doesn’t weigh much. I load it with +P hollow points so the ballistics aren’t quite so wimpy. This is all in response to my son pointing out that the .45 in my glove box doesn’t do me much good if I am in a restaurant or store and need to defend myself or others.

  6. Mr_Opinionated. says:

    My wife uses an S&W M&P Shield 380 EZ and loves it. She loves the size of the gun and conceals it well with her IWB holsters.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I do as well and it’s a pleasure to shoot and is as accurate as the individual holding it at 25 yards.

  8. james johll says:

    smith and wesson body guard 380 with laser is my choice

  9. Anonymous says:

    If you can hit with it it’s just as good bigger does not mean you can protect yourself making more noise if you can not hit where you should be aiming-(in the leg)

  10. Gregory Donoghue says:

    Beretta F84. Most accurate pistol I have ever fired. No longer made.

  11. Cheryl S. says:

    I’ve never fired any .380 that felt better or shot more true than my stainless Walther PPKS … with Pachmayr grips. I loved that firearm. As soon as I can, I’ll replace it. I’ve always been a Ruger enthusiast as well, but – surprisingly – really dislike the looks of that LCP. Man, excuse me, but that is not one aesthetically pleasing auto! I would hope that it’s at least up to Ruger’s rigid standards and withstands the test of conditions and time, as well.

  12. Mark Hayes says:

    I prefer the Sig P238. I own 3 of them and also the P938 9mm. They are well built pistols and very accurate right out of the box. The standard Nite Sights are a plus for a self defense carry gun. The reviewer wasn’t too knowledgeable of the extended magazine as he would have known this is a 7 round magazine making the capacity of 8 rounds including 1 in the chamber.

  13. Cheryl Drupiewski says:

    We encourage people to participate in purchasing and owning weapons

  14. Dennis M Houck says:

    I have the Bersa and also have 1 for my two children and my wife. The Bersa is underrated, it is very dependable, very easy disassembly. You can drop them in the pigpen and they will still do your work for you.

  15. James Bigham says:

    I carry a to s&w mp 380 shield ez from the performance center it has s few extras like ported barrel wide trigger very pleasing to shoot. With out laser just open sightsmy first 8 shots at 25 yards all were touching and all were dead center. At 25 yds with my 9mm they were very close but not all touching. What does that mean if you break in my houseyou better hope I’m not home because with either one 911 won’t help you.

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