Full disclosure up front: I've never fired any
firearm chambered in .380 ACP. However, given the relative availability of that cartridge during the current panic, I may have to add a .380 ACP pistol to my list of options.
That being said, I assume you're referring to the Kahr P380 with Loaded Chamber Indicator
(LCI), since the base Kahr P380
, which lacks an LCI, isn't listed as California-approved. Naturally, the California-approved P380 has an MSRP that's $84 higher than that of the free-state P380....
Of course, just as we all expect cd
to extol the virtues of the shotgun as a defensive firearm
, I'm sure you've come to expect me to look for a Ruger pistol as a potential solution to a given pistol niche. After all, every pistol Ruger sells is a boost for the economy of my current state of residence.
Unfortunately, of all the modern-design pistols Ruger mentions on their Web site, the only one that isn't
on the California-approved list
is the .380 ACP LCP
(my guess is that the lack of an LCI and/or the lack of a magazine-disconnect is the issue here). Of course, that's the the only Ruger pistol that has dimensions approximating those of the Kahr P380, and I assume that your interest in the Kahr P380 is driven by its compact dimensions.
Just out of curiosity, what other pistols chambered in .380 ACP are California-approved?