Booming firearms sales driven by ‘tiny guns,’ conceal-carry laws

by Hollie McKay  |  published on March 15, 2016

It’s the little gun with big appeal.

The .380 semi-automatic handgun has become all the rage in firearms, as more states relax conceal-carry restrictions and men and women alike turn to a palm-sized gun that easily fits into a handbag, pocket or ankle holster. Production of the super-small handgun is at a 16-year high, with nearly 900,000 made in the U.S. in 2014, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. And those numbers come even as production and sale of long guns and large-caliber handguns are actually down, according to the pro-gun gontrol news site

“The .380 is generally a smaller frame and much easier to conceal than a more bulky 9-mm. or .40 caliber pistol – particularly under summer wear,” security consultant and host of the National Rifle Association “Defending Our America” campaign, Del Wilber, told “Yet it still possesses the knock-down power needed in a potential life-or-death shooting situation.

“It is especially suited for women as they generally have smaller hands,” he added.

  • Robert McFate

    Another advantage of the .380 is its penetration. You only hurt the target and not someone behind.

    • supergun

      The bullet shoots straighter.

  • Luke

    A S&W .38 special light weight with internal hammer is a very effective weapon for a woman’s purse or your pocket..

    • supergun

      The Ruger LCP has a better trigger.

  • MoBetter2

    The so-called expert, Del Wilber is talking out of his butt – a .380 is a puny round, and although such a small weapon is easier to conceal it does NOT possess the knock-down power needed in a potential life-or-death shooting situation! The .380 is a marginally effective round, better than no weapon at all, but certainly not a weapon you should depend on to put down an attacker. Just because 007 used one in the movies doesn’t make it an effective choice with which to defend one’s life and/or family! A 9mm, .40, or .45 are much more effective choices!

    • supergun

      The 380 is a deadlier round. I bet you will not volunteer to get in front of it and prove your point,,,,will you?

      • MoBetter2

        I’d say you are ballistically challenged. Nobody with any sense wants to be shot with anything, so your challenge is absurd on its face, but by most standards those familiar with handguns will have reached, through their own experience, the conclusion that generally a .380 is a marginal round at best when considering what it takes to put an attacker down. Shot placement being paramount, especially with smaller calibers, one can obviously, under ideal circumstances, put someone down with rounds as small as .22, .25, .32 and .380, however, those who know what they’re talking about will prefer a larger caliber to increase the probability of a successful outcome.

        • supergun

          The whole POINT is concealment. And a hollow point BARNES or COR BON will do the job.

          • MoBetter2

            As to your position that the whole point is concealment – one can conceal a 2 shot .22 derringer much easier than a .380, so by your logic that the whole point is concealment then the .22 is a better choice. I think not, and your logic is entirely flawed! Goodbye and best of luck….

          • supergun

            Sorry, you are wrong again. My Ruger LCR 380 which weighs 9 oz is actually smaller than that 2 shot derringer. Why in the world would anyone want a 2 shot when they can have a six shot. Why in the world would anyone want a 22 when they can have a baby 9mm which is a 380. By the way that small Ruger 380 killed a coyote in a Texas Senator’s yard that threatened his son and dog. Now I carry an XDs 45 on my side, but for concealment and backup purposes, which is what the article is about, the 380 is KING. You can go back watching your cartoons now.

  • Sir David Haddon

    LIKE the Walther PPK 380 was a great gun..

    • supergun

      The Sig Sauer 238 380 is a fine gun also.

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