One of the more durable milspec handguns might be a good choice, a Makarov or somrthing along those lines. Replacement parts appear to be available.
Some of the 9mm Mak chambered pistols have been converted to the very similar .380.
I do agree that the 9X19 would be a better choice than the .380 so far as ammo prices and availability goes. WallyWorld 9mm usually runs less than half the cost of their .380 ammo.
Steel cased Tula manufactured 9mm Makarov and .380 ACP is about the same price as Winchester value pack 9X19 ammo.
Last edited by Rainbow Demon; December 26, 2012 at 08:56 AM.