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Old 07-15-2016, 03:00 PM   #1
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38spl vs. 380acp, not what you think...

so I have this 3" model 64 (S&W) old school gun in decent shape.....
buddy has a Sig P232 (blued) in decent shape......

trade is being ponder by us both.

so, if we can put the caliber war issue aside, which would you take if it was only one of these two?

I carry a G26 or G17 off duty 99% of the time, so this is more of a want thing, than a need thing. forget the "well if you already have a .38 go for the .380"... and vice versa......
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:54 PM   #2
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I carry a 380cal everyday. Where I live it is hot a lot of the time, and the little auto fills the bill for me. That said, I am a big fan of S&W revolvers in all calibers!! I own and shoot them regularly. I, personally, am not a big fan of the 232, but if you are, then I say go for it. I don't think that either of you guys will get hurt on this trade.....my .02
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what is it that you don't like about the p232?
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The gun is just too big to be a 380cal, in my opinion. This likely won't make sense to others, but it does to me. That size handgun could easily be a 9mm. The Sig would be a soft shooting beginners gun, especially if you are a handloader, because 380 ammo is pretty expensive compared to 9mm. I own and shoot a fair number of 380cal handguns.....all smaller than the 232, but I am a handloader and can shoot them for approx. the price of CCI MiniMag .22 ammo. You asked.....I answered.
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A S&W M64 or M65 (or M10 or M13) with a 3" barrel is about as close to perfection as you can get in carry revolvers in .355-8.

The M64 is a strong revolver... they can handle the 38/44 loads with aplomb... Plus they are accurate and reliable.

A lot of 380 autos experience reliability problems... the only ones I have found to be reliable (of those I have shot) are the Beretta 84xx series guns, the Browning 380 BDA/140 (which is the Beretta 84 with a fully enclosed slide) and the Colt's 1903s. The Glock 42 which I had expected to be very reliable has not proved to be as reliable as other Glocks. The Mauser HSc is reliable for me, but are VERY unpleasant to shoot... they will teach you to flinch in short order.

So if it were me I'd go with the S&W...

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so I have this 3" model 64 (S&W) old school gun in decent shape.....
buddy has a Sig P232 (blued) in decent shape......

trade is being ponder by us both.

so, if we can put the caliber war issue aside, which would you take if it was only one of these two?

I carry a G26 or G17 off duty 99% of the time, so this is more of a want thing, than a need thing. forget the "well if you already have a .38 go for the .380"... and vice versa......
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Old 07-18-2016, 01:44 PM   #6
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Well I'm a revolver guy myself so I vote the Smith. It's a reliable, accurate self-defense weapon. I agree with Chuck as far as the "perfection" in a carry revolver. I have a Glock strapped to my hip pretty much all week so when I get a chance I like to get back to a wheel gun...confronting.
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I'd say as long as you don't get bit by the P232, it's a fine and reliable pistol...as for the Smith...it's Smith and in a harder to find barrel length...I wouldn't mind either one depending on your particular preference...

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well, I see this trade as foster care. I know where it is if I want it back (assuming I have the money) and I know its in good hands....
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If both parties are happy with the trade......well, it just doesn't get any better than that....Enjoy!!
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:49 PM   #10
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The Sig 232 is a straight blow-back design, that makes it a lot snappier than your average 380 pistol. For instance, the Sig P238, which is probably 50% less felt recoil that the 232. But the 232 is the prettiest.
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