View Full Version : 380 With the least recoil

06-17-2010, 1:05 PM
I'm looking at 380s for the wife and would like to find the one with least recoil. We have a Makarov, 21 lb. spring and Pierce Grips and it has a real snap to it's recoil. Size and weight not much of an issue since it's not a carry piece. Going and renting would involve a lot of travel and our local range does not have much of a handgun selection.

06-17-2010, 1:25 PM
The Sig P232 and Walther PPK/s are both fairly heavy steel and I personally don't mind the recoil but I haven't shot a Makarov to compare to. Lighter, minor .380 loads will also make a big difference if your gun will cycle them.

06-17-2010, 1:26 PM
If recoil is a concern I would look for one of the larger, metal frame .380s, which absorb recoil better than the lightweight polymer frame guns. I think the best alternatives are the Sig P232 or the Beretta Cheetah, both of which have a good reputation for reliability.



06-17-2010, 1:29 PM
thier .380s it has very little recoil nomatter what you shoot it from

06-17-2010, 1:32 PM
The CZ83 would get my vote. It's one of the largest 380's on the market with a very comfortable, full size grip. Combine that with it's all steel construction and it soaks up recoil really well.

I used to own an all stainless Walther PPK/S as well as a Sig P232SL that were both really snappy and regularly bit the web of my hand if I wasn't careful.

06-17-2010, 1:40 PM
I can't say I ever truly notice recoil in a .380. That said my wife has a PPK and loves it.

SoCal Gunner
06-17-2010, 1:48 PM
thier .380s it has very little recoil nomatter what you shoot it from

I know exactly what the OP means - he used the word "snap" and that says it all. Not bone -jarring recoil, but a "snap".

I've shot a colt .380 series 80 and it was nice; it did have some noticeable flip, but you can adjust to it.

06-17-2010, 2:34 PM
Compare the Bersa Thunder to the Walther PPK/s. Better gun, half the price. Yes, I put my $ where my mouth is ;-).
I never notice the recoil in my Bersa.
Good luck.

06-17-2010, 2:44 PM

06-17-2010, 4:25 PM
Get her a Sig 232 Stainless. It is the finest .380 I've ever handled. Recoil is minimal, fits great for women with small hands, yet has an uncanny way of fitting large hands too. It is one of the few Sigs still made entirely in Germany. Accuracy is off the charts. Compact, light, and gorgeous.

It's just a bad*ss gun, what can I say.

06-17-2010, 6:04 PM
Try and find a 380 that uses a locked breach system. Star and Llama are out of production but are excellent pistols if you can find one. The slides are easy to retract and the recoil is VERY mild. Blow backs have enough snap to them that some people find them annoying to shoot. I love big bore handguns but find my custom Walther PPKs to be annoying.

Black Majik
06-17-2010, 6:09 PM

Colt Government. Amazingly tame.