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#486580 - 11/09/07 09:50 AM How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense?
MattSimcox
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I am going to get one and was just wondering what people thought about them.
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#486611 - 11/09/07 10:24 AM Re: How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense? [Re: MattSimcox]
cdw338
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Registered: 11/17/01
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Loc: Ky Lake Paris Tn

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This is just my opinion. The 380 is better than nothing and
not much more than that. The 38 is about the samallest I would
carry.

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#486639 - 11/09/07 10:46 AM Re: How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense? [Re: cdw338]
big jim
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Registered: 11/08/05
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Loc: South of Norene, Wilson County

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I'd say you will be better served by the 9mm. But If I was carrying a 3AT, I would stoke it with RBCD ammo.

The keltec is a moderately priced carry gun and suitable for its intended purpose. The Kahr micros are an investment and trump the keltec in quality, fit and finish.

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#486673 - 11/09/07 11:30 AM Re: How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense? [Re: MattSimcox]
skynimrod
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Registered: 11/10/06
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I bought one for the wife, and she shoots it real good
I would not want to get hit by one of the golden sabers I bought for it. Still pretty wicked at close range, and you can unload the clip pretty fast
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#486766 - 11/09/07 01:15 PM Re: How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense? [Re: skynimrod]
Spike
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It is a good get off of me or away from me gun. Side note dead folks don't sue you. One shot with a .380 may make it to court.
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#486777 - 11/09/07 01:30 PM Re: How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense? [Re: Spike]
paincave_2000
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 Originally Posted By: Spike
It is a good get off of me or away from me gun. Side note dead folks don't sue you. One shot with a .380 may make it to court.

Not if you empty the mag.
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#486806 - 11/09/07 02:08 PM Re: How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense? [Re: paincave_2000]
TAKE A CHANCE
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Loc: Nashville, TN

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I have a 3AT Keltec to strictly carry. I have a .45 and to actually carry that all the time is to bulky and I would never carry it. So I got a Keltec 3AT and carry it on my ankle and I love it because I always have it and its not at home because it didn't fit under my belt....JMO
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#487492 - 11/10/07 07:45 AM Re: How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense? [Re: TAKE A CHANCE]
DaveTN
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Registered: 05/04/06
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Loc: Middle Tennessee

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Itís better than a straw and spitballs.....maybe.
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#487558 - 11/10/07 08:53 AM Re: How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense? [Re: DaveTN]
Hogbear
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Registered: 07/21/05
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Loc: Cuba (near Memphis)

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A .380 in your pocket is way better than the .45 you left at home because it't too heavy. The P-3AT is so light and small that there's just no excuse not to carry it. It's lighter and smaller than my old Walther TPH .22. I've never had any problems with mine and I think 7 shots of good .380's like Golden Saber, Gold Dots, or Corbon DPX would be enough to discourage most bad actors.
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#487692 - 11/10/07 11:36 AM Re: How effective is Kel-tec 380 for defense? [Re: MattSimcox]
Robo Duck
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Registered: 12/12/04
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I am a fan of the 45 . Given the choice and knowing I am in harms way there is no other pistol caliber I would rather carry.

Even with a carry permit there are times you just can not carry a full size or even a so called compact weapon. This .380 can be carried anytime completely undetected.

Practice a close range . Practice on speed and go for head shots. One shot will not be enough.

The thing I don't like about the Kel-Tecs is the very long trigger pull.

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