Have you thought of getting one of the smaller, single stack 9mm's for now instead of the 380 (assuming you could find one....)? Good examples of the smaller 9mm's would include:
Springfield XDs-9 (assuming it makes it to the shelves someday....)
Good points -- although I'd toss the Taurus and the Kel-Tec, if it were me. The rest of those have a track record of reliability.
I'm constantly amazed at the people who willingly settle for .380 mouse guns, instead of buying a a "real" gun and making accommodations to conceal it. Maybe all these guys are midgets.
There is a huge
difference in the terminal ballistics of the .380 ACP and the 9mm Luger cartidges. (Tom Givens has posted a few interesting real life examples of the weak performance of the .380). Todays' good
9mm ammo will penetrate deep enough to meet the FBI test protocol, and expand to .83 caliber (.83")
If I can carry a Glock 19 24/7, using an OWB
holster, anybody can carry a "full size" pistol with some of today's holsters.
I guess I'll go back to my 12 step program.