A few more thoughts about the gun:
First, I did manage to find some ammo -- but only because my dad has been collecting it for a while. He gave me a box, so I had enough to go shoot it a bit.
I was expecting a lot more recoil from such a lightweight gun, even though the .380 isn't a really powerful round. I found it to be very easy to manage, even though only two fingers fit on the grip, even with the extension on the magazine. I've heard a lot of people say this isn't a range gun, but I found it fun to shoot. The biggest thing limiting my range time with it is the impossibility of finding ammo.
Accuracy wasn't bad either. I mean, I probably wouldn't produce any targets I'd scan and post here, but I got a 4-inch 8-shot group at 25 feet. Since the accuracy requirements of this kind of gun are measured as "minute of bad guy" (horrible abuse of terminology, but I thought it was funny) that's just fine. I'm quite confident that within 30 feet or so I could unload the whole gun into a BGs head, if he'd hold still and let me aim carefully. Within 10 feet, I'm certain I could put all seven into the thoracic cavity by point-shooting.
One oddity I noticed is that the gun really THROWS the brass. I was out in the woods with lots of vegetation around to hide the stuff, but I was still surprised at how little of the brass I could find, and how far away it was.
As far as function goes, I ran about 30 rounds through it, 25 FMJ and 5 of my 20 precious JHPs. It was flawless. Not a large sample, but a good start.
After carrying it around for a week, the biggest problem I notice is that I forget I have it! I managed to take it to young men's last night, even though I'm normally fairly careful about not carrying into the church building. I drop it in my pocket in the morning when I get dressed, at the same time I put my wallet in my pocket, and reverse the procedure at bedtime. With a gun this small it's very easy to be armed all the time.
One other possible issue I've noticed is that I have a tendency to walk around with my hand in my pocket gripping the gun. The trigger is protected by the holster, and my trigger finger is safely indexed alongside the barrel anyway, but my normal habit of putting my hands in my pockets leads me to naturally wrap my fingers around the grip of the gun in my right-front pocket. I'm trying to decide if I should break myself of that habit, on the theory that someday I might accidentally draw the thing. I don't think that would happen, but it does concern me a little.
The flip side is that it occurs to me that if I get into a situation that makes me uncomfortable, it's very easy to just casually put my hand in my pocket. Nobody would think a thing of it, but I can be gripping the gun, ready to draw in an instant.
So far the only things I'm not sure I like are:
- The magazine catches on the magazine release during insertion. If you insert it "with authority", as Eric put it, it goes in, but it bugs me.
- I don't like how the takedown pin works. You have to get some sort of tool to pry at it. Not a big deal, I guess, but I'm spoiled by guns that can be disassembled without tools -- and without the possibility of scratching the gun.
- This is more of a holster issue than a gun issue, but I've noticed that in the pocket holster the gun tends to collect pocket lint. Not enough that I think function will be impeded, but I may have to look for another pocket holster.
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Utah CFP Instructor; NRA Certified Instructor for Pistol, Rifle and Self-Defense in the Home; NRA RSO.
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