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The .380 ACP Pistols (9mm Browning)
We decided to make a page for the 380 ACP because of the popularity. After all, the 380 (9x17) is just a shorter 9mm (9x19). It wouldn't be fair to make a "best list" because we have only fired a few of the 380 pistols on this page. We set the maximum price limit at $550.

Cartridge Muzzle FPS Muzzle Energy
380 ACP 90gr Hornady 1000 FPS 200 Ft. Lb.
380 ACP 60gr Magsafe 1500 FPS 300 Ft. Lb.
380 ACP 90gr +P Buffalo 1175 FPS 276 Ft. Lb.
380 ACP 95gr FMJ Flat Win 955 FPS 190 Ft. Lb.
380 ACP 102gr Rem. GS 940 FPS 200 Ft. Lb.
32 S&W Long 97gr Fiocchi 800 FPS 138 Ft. Lb.
32 H&R Mag 95gr Fiocchi 4" BL 1030 FPS 225 Ft. Lb.
32 ACP 71gr Remington 905 FPS 129 Ft. Lb.
38 Special 110gr Federal 980 FPS 235 Ft. Lb.
38 Special 125gr Remington 800 FPS 178 Ft. Lb.

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The 380 ACP is much more powerful than the 32 S&W Long (Colt New Police), and mirrors the 38 Special standard loads. The 32 S&W Long was a popular police cartridge for over 40 years! The 380 ACP can be a pleasant shooter for women and those new to the sport. The Walther PPK was good enough for James Bond, Right? For many, the 380 ACP will work for concealed carry. If we skipped any, please let us know.
CCW Tip! A portable GPS holster case works great for small pistols. You can attach them to a belt or carry in a jacket pocket. Also look at PDA holsters. If it has a logo like Garmin or Sony on the outside, that is even better.
Ammo Tip: I use the flat nose jacketed Winchester or Remington 95gr ammo for self defense pocket pistols. The hollow point bullets don't always offer reliable penetration at low velocities. The flat nose bullets will cause shock, then tumble causing maximum damage with deep penetration. The Gelatin test show the flat nose bullets are the best too. According to FBI testing, 12 inches is the minimum penetration for defense. The flat nose bullets normally exceed 15 inches, even through heavy clothing.
380 ACP Ballistic Gelatin Tests (PDF)

The gun writers are always trying to compare the 380 ACP to the 9mm. Why? We are talking concealed carry pocket guns here. The 380 ACP should be compared to the 25 Auto and 32 ACP since the guns are the same size.


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The haggle price should be the best deal from a gun dealer.

Accu-Tek AT-380 II: Haggle Price $240-$270
Stainless Steel frame. Weight: 23.5 oz., Barrel: 2.80", Magazine: 6 rounds
The Accu-Tek AT-380 is very accurate and dependable. One of the most well made pistols ever produced. These ultra compact pistols are 100% american made and are covered under a lifetime warranty. In house CNC machining, and investment casting foundry all under one roof. We can have total control over quality.
Accu-Tek AT-380
Bersa Thunder 380: Haggle Price $270-$300
Alloy frame. Weight: 20.0 oz., Barrel: 3.50", Magazine: 7 rounds
My wife's Bersa 380 was a tack driver, and more accurate than most full sized pistols! The Bersa 380 is the perfect pistol for personal protection. It's slim, trim and always ready for immediate action. Bersa gives you the most value for your shooting dollar. The Bersa and Firestorm are some of the most popular 380 pistols sold in the USA. New: Slightly smaller Bersa Thunder 380 Concealed Carry, with alloy frame and weighs 16.4 ounces!
Bersa Pistol Site Bersa 380 Review Video


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Cobra CA380 Micro: Haggle Price $160-$190
Metal frame. Weight: 22.0 oz., Barrel: 2.80", Magazine: 5 rounds
The single action Cobra CA380 design is simple and proven ultra reliable. Very simple blowback operated with few parts. This design is pretty much unchanged in the last 30 years. Choose bright Chrome, black powder coat and satin nickel finish. Also see the Cobra FS 380 and the Patriot. The CA380 is priced cheap and always goes bang when you pull the trigger.
Cobra Website
CZ 83: Haggle Price $390-$420
Steel frame. Weight: 28.1 oz., Barrel: 3.80", Magazine: 12 rounds
Due to the CZ 83 favorable caliber to weight ratio, reliability and compactness helps to facilitate the concealed carry of this pistol, thus predisposing it to become a popular sought-after handgun for personal defense. 2012 was the last year for production of the CZ 83. You can still find them new at dealers.
CZ 83 Pistol Page


Diamondback DB380: Haggle Price $300-$330
Polymer frame. Weight: 8.8 oz., Barrel: 2.80", Magazine: 6 rounds
A steel trigger with dual connecting bars allows for a crisp smooth, five-pound DAO trigger pull. The slide, barrel, and internal parts are coated to resist corrosion. I purchased a DB380 for my woman and she really likes it. It looks like the M&P mated with a Glock.
Diamondback Website DB 380 Video Review
Glock 42 380 ACP: Haggle Price $400- and up.
Polymer frame. Weight: 13.8 oz., Barrel: 3.25", Magazine: 6 rounds
The Glock 42 is brand new and hot hot hot! I don't think they will be able to build them fast enough. Put your order in way in advance. You know, about half the cops in this country are going to want one as a backup. From the testing I have seen, the Glock 42 is just as sturdy as their duty pistols. I got one on radar for the little woman.
Glock 42 Press Release
Hi-Point CF-380: Haggle Price $140-$170
Polymer frame. Weight: 29.0 oz., Barrel: 3.50", Magazine: 8 rounds
With the Hi-Point CF-380, you are assured of reliability and accuracy at an affordable price. Durable, attractive easy-grip finish. 100% American parts & assembly. The CF380 comes with a lifetime unconditional warranty. The 9mm C9 may be the better deal as both are built on the same platform.
Hi-Point CF-380
I.O. INC. Hellcat 380: Haggle Price $210-$240
Poly frame. Weight: 9.40 oz., Barrel: 2.75", Magazine: 6 rounds
The Hellcat is a compact .380 Auto pistol that is ideal as a backup firearm for law enforcement and licensed carry for personal protection. Designed with both male and female shooters in mind, the Hellcat is affordable and reliable. Made is USA!
I.O Inc. Hellcat Website Hellcat 380 Video
Jimenez JA 380: Haggle Price $140-$170
Alloy frame. Weight: 19.0 oz., Barrel: 2.75", Magazine: 6 rounds
The Jimenez Arms J.A. .380 is quite possibly one of the simplest, easiest to use and most comfortable compact .380's on the market today. If you're in the market for a compact .380 and price, accuracy and comfort is a factor- the Jimenez Arms J.A. 380 is your solution
Jimenez JA 380 Page
Kahr Arms P380: Haggle Price $520-$550
Poly frame. Weight: 10.7 oz., Barrel: 2.50", Magazine: 6 rounds
The P380 features premium Lothar Walther match grade barrel, with drift adjustable white bar-dot combat sights. You get the premium Kahr quality in a sweet little package. Update! The Kahr CW380 is now available! Get the same Kahr reliability for $140 less! Awesome!!!
Kahr P380 Forums


Kel-Tec P-3AT: Haggle Price $260-$290
Polymer frame. Weight: 8.3 oz., Barrel: 2.75", Magazine: 6 rounds
The KEL-TEC P-3AT is the lightest .380 Auto pistol ever made. Intended for police officers as a secondary weapon, or for concealed carry. The small grip size and light trigger pull make the P-3AT ideal for female shooters.
Kel-Tec Site Kel-Tec 380 Field Test
Masterpiece Arms MPA Protector: Haggle Price $300-$330
Alloy frame. Weight: 11.8 oz., Barrel: 2.25", Magazine: 6 rounds
Built like a Swiss watch! The MPA Protector is one of the highest quality firearms available in this class. The MPA380 Protector Series pistols are available in all Black or with a Stainless Steel upper slide. Both the precision upper slide and lower receiver are CNC machined from solid billets of steel, no castings or polymers of any kind are used. Made in USA.
Masterpiece Arms Site MPA Video
Magnum Research Micro Desert Eagle: Haggle Price $430-$460
Alloy frame. Weight: 14.0 oz., Barrel: 2.22", Magazine: 6 rounds
The pistol does not require any safety lever due do the DAO system. Aluminum alloy frame. Oversized trigger guard. Easily concealable. Steel slide. Gas assisted blowback system. Fixed non-adjustable sights.
MRI Website
NAA Guardian 380: Haggle Price $390-$420
Steel frame. Weight: 18.8 oz., Barrel: 2.49", Magazine: 6 rounds
The NAA Guardian 380 ACP is popular with law enforcement and for concealed carry. It offers great stopping power in a small package that fits easily in your pocket or purse. We stand behind the quality and back it up with our lifetime warranty.
NAA Guardian Page

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Ruger LCP 380: Haggle Price $300-$330
Polymer frame. Weight: 9.4 oz., Barrel: 2.75", Magazine: 6 rounds
The new LCP is Ruger's first true pocket auto. It has a glass-filled nylon frame and a through-hardened blued steel slide. You know if Ruger makes it, it will be reliable and offer many years of service.
New Ruger LCP 380    Ruger LCP Review
S&W Bodyguard 380: Haggle Price $350-$380
Polymer frame. Weight: 11.9 oz., Barrel: 2.75", Magazine: 6 rounds
The S&W Bodyguard 380 is uniquely engineered as the most state-of-the-art, concealable and accurate personal protection possible. Lightweight, simple to use and featuring integrated laser sights.
S&W Bodyguard Page    S&W Bodyguard Video

Holsters and Tactical Gear
Sig Sauer P232: Haggle Price $530-$560
Alloy frame. Weight: 17.6 oz., Barrel: 3.60", Magazine: 7 rounds
At under 18oz, the sleek single-stack P232 is a pleasure to carry throughout the day. No wonder it is one of the premier off-duty guns carried by law enforcement professionals.
Sig Arms P232
Taurus PT738 TCP 380: Haggle Price $270-$300
Polymer frame. Weight: 10.2 oz., Barrel: 2.84", Magazine: 6 rounds
The 738 TCP is not only the lightest semi-auto in the Taurus line. It is lighter than any of the small frame revolvers from Taurus. The 738 TCP has a durable polymer frame and low-profile fixed sights. Good size to strap to your ankle. Only 4.5 pound trigger pull! The Ti (Titanium) version only weighs 9 ounces! Also see the more beefy Taurus PT 708 Slim.
Taurus PT738 TCP Review Taurus TCP Video
Taurus PT138 Millennium Pro: Haggle Price $310-$340
Polymer frame. Weight: 18.7 oz., Barrel: 3.25", Magazine: 12 rounds
Light, powerful and technically advanced, the Taurus PT138 Millennium PRO is the choice for concealment and back-up carry. The Millennium PRO also features the same revolutionary Single Action/Double Action trigger as the 24/7.
Taurus PT138 Millennium Pro

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Taurus PT58 380 HC: Haggle Price $440-$470
Alloy frame. Weight: 18.7 oz., Barrel: 3.25", Magazine: 19 rounds
The Model PT-58 is truly a sized-down 92 in every aspect - but in .380 ACP caliber. The PT-58 features hammer-forged steel slide and forged ordnance grade alloy frame with three-position frame-mounted ambidextrous safety that allows for a classic SA "cocked-and-locked" mode, as well as functioning as a DA decocking lever. Note: No longer in production, but still may be available at dealers.
Taurus Model PT58
Walther PK380: Haggle Price $360-$390
Polymer frame. Weight: 19.4 oz., Barrel: 3.66", Magazine: 8 rounds
The PK380 Has Lightweight Polymer Non-Slip Grips. Spurred External Hammer. Ambidextrous Magazine Release. 3-Dot Steel Sights. Plus Integral Picatinny Style Accessory Rail. Bargain price for a Walther!
PK380 Review    Walther PK380 Video
Walther PPK/S: Haggle Price $530-$560
Alloy frame. Weight: 22.4 oz., Barrel: 3.3", Magazine: 7 rounds
The elegant lines of the legendary Walther PPK have caught the imagination of the world for over 75 years. PPK/S pistols are now produced in the USA under license by Smith & Wesson.
Walther PPK Pistol
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