When I first started carrying I was convinced that I needed to be carrying a 9mm, I needed the better stopping power didn’t I? A bigger firearm was going to help me shoot better wasn’t it? A .380 just wasn’t ging to cut it, or so I was told and so I believed. So I went and I shopped for a 9mm, and that was what I bought, the Springfield XDs. At the time I wasn’t aware of the real differences between .380 vs 9mm, and I made a decision I later came to regret.
As time went on and I learned more about the difficulties of carrying with my body shape it became more and more obvious that the XDs was not going to be a good carry choice for me, it was simply too big for my tiny frame and I couldn’t conceal it without changing my wardrobe to consist mainly of Mu-mus or other similarly shapeless items. I began my quest to find alternative firearms that would be small enough to carry comfortably every day while still allowing me to wear feminine clothing that made me feel good about myself.
The search wasn’t easy, because although there are many 9mm firearms smaller than the XDs it was becoming painfully obvious that none of them were going to be quite small enough, I had to start thinking again. That was when I started looking at .380s. My research led me to people much wiser then me, such as the folks over at Personal Defense Network who wrote this great summery of the effectiveness of .380 vs 9mm and I started to realize that confining myself to the smallest 9mm on earth might indeed be a mistake.
I began to rethink what I really needed in a concealed weapon, and realized that I had to make my number one priority being able to conceal and carry it every single day, my second consideration then because how comfortable it was to shoot, with the penetration depth of the bullet coming in third on my list of firearm needs. This was contrary to many posts I had read which talked endlessly about stopping power, but I came to realize that stopping power was useless if I didn’t have a weapon I could carry daily, and didn’t have a weapon that I could shoot well. A small .380 soon became obvious as the answer for me.
My search shifted and I narrowd it down to three firearms, the Sig p238, the M&P bodyguard and the Ruger LCP. After handling them all I realized that the p238 was still a little larger then I would be comfortable carrying, and of the bodyguard and the trigger on the LCP was far superior to me, so that was what I bought.
I now carry daily, comfortably and have a firearm that I can comfortably shoot. Ultimately in the arguments between 9mm and .380 the clear winner is always going to be the one that suits you best because that’s the weapon you are going to have to hand when you need it.
As a Brit living and working in the USA, her views on gun ownership and the second amendment have evolved over the years, allowing her to fully understand both sides of the gun control debate and she regularly speaks on the matter to help others understand why she feels the second amendment must be protected and why she chooses to be an advocate for the shooting sports.
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