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Old September 25, 2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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Davis P-380 Auto - Is it safe?

I have been reading horror stories about the Davis P-380 Auto. Is any of this true? I just pulled mine out and was about to run some rounds through it, but I am now having second thoughts???
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Old September 25, 2010, 12:05 PM   #2
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Its as safe as any of those type pistols. I would shoot it. See if it will make it thru a mag or 2 with out a jam. These guns are not meant to shoot 1000's of rounds thru. Their what they are. A cheap hopefully reliable pistol with ball ammo.
My self I have more faith in a Hi Point than yours.
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Old September 25, 2010, 01:47 PM   #3
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Run a mag or two in it to get the feel, then just use it for protection.
It's not meant for match type shooting. Make sure to keep that safety on too !
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Old September 26, 2010, 09:58 PM   #4
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I'd look for a place that's paying for turn-ins.
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Old September 28, 2010, 01:18 AM   #5
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I don't know what horror stories you've been reading. I definitely wouldn't carry it with a round in the chamber, I doubt it's drop-safe.

I kind of agree with Stevie-Ray. I think it's below the line of acceptability for self-defense. You can get a CZ 82 or a used Smith revolver for around 200, if self-defense is the purpose.

You won't get anything for it if you try to sell. You might get 75 or 100 bucks if you turn it in to a police gun buy-back as Stevie-Ray suggests.

If you've been reading stories about it blowing up while shooting at the range, get rid of it. These sold for about 100 bucks new, they can't be durable.
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Old September 28, 2010, 09:48 AM   #6
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Unfortunately, most of the stories you have been reading are probably true. I inherited one of these from my grandfather last year and took it to the range twice. IMO, it is safer in the trash can in pieces than working!

I have never run a full magazine through it without it jamming a couple of times. Since it is an older gun, it is not drop proof and will possibly fire if dropped. I have also heard stories of the firing pin becoming stuck, which resulted in it going full auto until depleted of ammo, which can be quite dangerous of one is not expecting this!!!!!!

My suggestion, DON"T CARRY IT AS A CCW!!!!!!! GET RID OF IT!!!!!!!

Good luck!
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Old September 28, 2010, 01:33 PM   #7
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I wouldn't use it for protection, unless you plan on throwing it at someone. I had one, used but in good shape seemed to be fired little. First time the trigger was pulled the firing pin snapped.
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Old July 11, 2012, 09:07 AM   #8
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Davis P-380

Use the Davis for a fishing sinker and get a Bersa Thunder .380

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Old July 12, 2012, 05:17 PM   #9
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I had one once. Of all the guns I have owned it is the only gun I didn't like. I sold it at the first opportunity, took a loss on it but didn't care.
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Old July 12, 2012, 09:20 PM   #10
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I was given one years ago, and got rid of it. They are just "pot metal" junk, and I would go as far to say they are unsafe.
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