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Old August 28, 2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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What do people think about the .380 mini-revolver?

I admit I find the pistol interesting.

Is Taurus the only company making a .380 revolver?

Besides this being Taurus, I just think it's interesting. The only advantage I see to it is that the shorter cartridge makes for a shorter cylinder and shorter OAL for a given barrel length.

It's weird - I don't see there being an advantage over .38 Special but I want one...

it's also got adjustable sights !!!
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Old August 28, 2011, 10:54 PM   #2
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Never heard of it, until now. Moon clips ? Here is a link:

http://www.taurususa.com/2011newcatalog/?catalog_page=6
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Old August 28, 2011, 11:07 PM   #3
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Taurus does it again!!!

Let's see, for 2 ounces less you can have a 38 Spcl+P 5 shot ruger LCR, for 2 ounces more you can have a 357 Magnum Ruger LCR.
Don't really see the point, but just like my Public Defender Poly, it won't keep me from buying one!!!
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Old August 28, 2011, 11:16 PM   #4
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Oh, wait a minute. It's a whole 1/2 inch shorter than an LCR. Now I really have a reason to buy one!
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Old August 28, 2011, 11:34 PM   #5
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This is a little confusing when you consider the pros and cons of .38 v .380 pocket guns. The .38s are a more powerful, but hold fewer rounds. The .380 holds more ammo, but doesn’t have the kick of the .38 caliber. So, the .380 revolver has the lesser ammo count with the lower powered round. So it kind of seem like they took the worst characteristics of each gun and put them together.
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Old August 28, 2011, 11:40 PM   #6
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So it kind of seem like they took the worst characteristics of each gun and put them together.
BINGO!!!! A winner already!!!
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Old August 29, 2011, 12:34 AM   #7
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It also doesn't sit as flat as an auto for carry, but the thing has a neato factor to it (at least I think it's neato).

If Ruger or S&W were making it, or even some of the other revolver makers - I'd get one, but I sort of feel the same way about this as I do about the 9mm revolver. I'd like a 9mm revolver and if I'd have gotten the Smiths or the Ruger when they were available - it's be a cool thing to have in a collection. But the Taurus 905 is just kind of an oddity.

Maybe someone else will make one of these.

A Chiappa 380 ???
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Old August 29, 2011, 12:37 AM   #8
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Properly marketed, it will sell well.
I'll buy one!
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Old August 29, 2011, 12:43 AM   #9
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I am guessing that it is more manageable in the basically same form factor as a .38 special.

Maybe it's for the person who wants more than a .32 but less than a whole .38 Special.
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Old August 29, 2011, 05:49 AM   #10
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It would make a great ladies gun!
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Old August 29, 2011, 06:18 AM   #11
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They can pull it off if they dont have too many issues. I seem to have one of the only Taurus 905s that work right, and I do like it. The 9mm performs well out of a snub, but their "stellar" clips suck, so I ordered some from Ranch Products.
Looks interesting!
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Old August 29, 2011, 06:52 AM   #12
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Thanks to this forum I now know that this revolver exists. But I see no reason for me to buy one.
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Old August 29, 2011, 07:11 AM   #13
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Given the 2mm difference between 380 and 9mm they should have just made a 9mm "mini-revolver". I could see it making more sense that way.
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Old August 29, 2011, 07:11 AM   #14
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seems silly to me.....if your gonna carry a wheel gun
.38+p is all u need
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Old August 29, 2011, 07:51 AM   #15
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The only reason I can see somebody to wanting a .380 (over a .38spl) revolver is to keep the calibers the same as there .380 semi's.

Just like I as considered a 9mm "Taurus" for the very same reason.

Instead, I just bought a 1911 9mm.

TBS, I carry a .38spl 638. I got to shoot up 4000 rounds of 9mm some way, and have fun doing it.
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Old August 29, 2011, 10:40 AM   #16
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So it kind of seem like they took the worst characteristics of each gun and put them together.
BINGO!!!! A winner already!!!
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It also doesn't sit as flat as an auto for carry, but the thing has a neato factor to it (at least I think it's neato).
Yep, don't get me wrong. The "neato" factor is there for sure. I'll get one as soon as there are a few out there. Let the other brave people see if there is any problems first!
After all, I bought a Judge PDP just 'caus, so why not a 380 Mini-Revolver?
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Old August 29, 2011, 11:05 AM   #17
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C'mon folks, are you really carping about being provided choices in firearms. There's not a firearm out there that doesn't tickle the fancy of at least a few persons. That's part of what makes it fun.
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Old August 29, 2011, 11:42 AM   #18
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Better seller outside of the US ?

Revolvers are kind of a US item - much like lever action rifles and pump shotguns.

If you live in a country that leans toward (heck TILTS Heavily) towards autos vice revolvers - and thats most countries. Then 380/9mmshort ammo will be the stuff thats easiest to find.
Iffen you live in one of them foreign places and you've got a hankern for a revolver - then the .380 caliber might just fit the bill.

I can't really see it selling very well here in the US where we can get the a variety of snub nose revolvers in 38special and buy ammo at any place that stocks ammo.
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Old August 29, 2011, 12:08 PM   #19
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AWESOME - I can't wait to see one. Hope the selling price is reasonable.
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Old August 29, 2011, 12:27 PM   #20
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Cute, but pointless. A half inch less OAL isn't enough to do squat. Doesn't look like it will sit flatter than a traditional .38spl revolver. It's also no lighter than a .38spl revolver.

Might shoot a bit easier than a .38spl, but probably not by enough to make a difference.

Seems like Taurus has a real knack for making guns that make people go "ok, but WHY?" They seem to sell though, so I guess they get the last laugh.
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Old August 29, 2011, 12:28 PM   #21
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I join the makes no sense crowd.

You can get a .38 +P equal weight/capacity and size........so why bother with the .380?

Now a similar size/weight revolver in 9X19 9mm is a good choice.
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Old August 29, 2011, 04:05 PM   #22
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Taurus did produce a 5 shot revolver with a short cylinder. Later, it was changed to the standard length cylinder. Then, it was dropped.
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Old August 29, 2011, 04:50 PM   #23
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So do I. In the same frame gun, we get a load that's less powerful than .38 Special, is more expensive, is harder to find, and which is more difficult to eject quickly. I have real trouble seeing the point to this.

9mm? Maybe, but you get a snappier recoil impulse, and we're back to the problem of reliable ejection. .380? Utterly useless in this platform, as far as I can tell.
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Old August 29, 2011, 06:10 PM   #24
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What do people think about the .380 mini-revolver?

Seems like the answer to a question that nobody asked...
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Old August 29, 2011, 07:44 PM   #25
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Maybe this was designed with non-USA markets in mind as well where the .380 may be the primary defense round? Just searching for the WHY of the gun.
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