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Old 11-27-2019, 12:11 PM   #1
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Bought a Browning 1911-380 But Why????

I couldn't resist the Black Friday price on this gun. I've wanted one for years, even though I know it won't be one of my prime target guns, nor is it ever likely to fire too many rounds. Okay, I bought it because it's so cute. People do seem to like them, so why not.
https://www.cdnnsports.com/browning-...mags-4-25.html

$ 250 assuming I can get my rebate. That's WAY less than I've ever seen them. Now I need more .380 ammo. I have 150 rounds, and now two guns (along with the Beretta 84) Maybe I'll go crazy and start carrying it. So now I need a holster AND .380 ammo.
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Old 11-27-2019, 01:14 PM   #2
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That is cheap!
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Old 11-27-2019, 01:54 PM   #3
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Typical of my experience with CDNN, I put in my order at 1:49 PM and got FedEx shipping notification at 3:36. Not that FedEx actually has it yet, but they've packed it and keyed it in.
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Old 11-27-2019, 02:12 PM   #4
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Sweet! looking forward to hearing more about it once you have it and put some rounds through it.
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Old 11-27-2019, 03:43 PM   #5
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Cute works for me. It's why I've always loved the Ruger Bearcat.
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:02 AM   #6
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Snake gun!
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:14 AM   #7
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Congrats on the new gun. Post up a range report when you get to shoot it.
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Old 12-02-2019, 04:28 PM   #8
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You bought it because its stink'n cute & they're sweet shoot'n too.
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Old 12-03-2019, 04:27 PM   #9
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Picked up the gun today but haven't shot it yet. I didn't know it was going to have a dang magazine "safety" i.e. mag disconnect. Apparently it can be removed by filing off a little spike on the back of the trigger or a corresponding spike on the mag release. The 2 spikes meet up to block the trigger if a mag isn't in the gun. I'm leery of Dremel-ing off bits of parts when no replacements are available, so I probably won't mess with it. You can in fact shoot it with the mag out by pushing in the mag release before pulling the trigger. Trigger is pretty creepy, but hopefully that will improve over time. Gun comes in a pistol rug with the Browning logo. It would be nice if it had something to hold the other magazine. There's plenty of room for it. Fit and finish are pretty good. There's a tiny bit of extraneous metal flash inside the trigger skeleton that I might have to deal with. I'll need some .380 ammo. I now have 2 .380's and only 200 rd of ammo.

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Old 12-04-2019, 04:42 AM   #10
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Can you just remove it or does it have a secondary purpose?
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:07 AM   #11
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Can you just remove it or does it have a secondary purpose?
It's not like most mag disconnects, where you have an extra piece or two you can take out. This has a spur on the trigger that bumps into a spur on the mag release. If it were a regular full size 1911, you could just put in a standard mag release button. But because of the reduced size, every part of this gun seems to be unique (and pretty much unavailable.) I don't really want to grind bits off a part that can't swapped. I'll probably just live with it.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:32 AM   #12
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You could buy a spare mag and file it. If it doesn't work out you still have the original mag in tact.
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You could buy a spare mag and file it. If it doesn't work out you still have the original mag in tact.
It's not the mag, it's the mag release button. There's a little spike that comes off it, in the middle of the piece. It's in the center at the high part of the magwell, right behind the internal rear of the trigger. The mag release can be removed more easily than the trigger, but like I say, you can't buy a replacement part.
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:31 PM   #14
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I think mag safeties are just a sign of the times, now. A lot of states now require them, so in order to to sell in those states, gun makers add them. I recently bought a new Model 41 Smith that had one. It was still a model 41 Smith in terms of its legendary accuracy, but fit and finish was nowhere near the vintage 41s, nor was construction quality. Too many cheesy lightly consorted parts for my taste, so I traded it off. My old vintage Ruger Mark I put it to shame as far as build quality and cost me about a fourth of what I paid for the 41 and shoots almost as well. Not as much snob appeal as the Smith, but the targets could care less.
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Only .380 I've ever shot was a Browning BDA. Many moons ago, I think it was my brother's. The BDA was made by Beretta, just a few minor differences from their model 84. They quit making them in '96 or '97 IIRC. I think you could also get them in .32 ACP? I do remember it was a lot more attractive than the 1911-380, but beauty is in the eye of the gun holder......

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Old 12-05-2019, 08:10 AM   #16
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I bought my 84 for looks as well. I like the 84 and it's 100% reliable The 1911-380 is way, way softer shooting, even though the 84 is heavier. I know because I did wind up putting 100 rounds through it yesterday. Didn't go too badly, but no pics of targets yet.
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Pics of targets, such as they are. I shot 100 rds, one box of the new Herters Target ammo from Cabela's (Made by Winchester as opposed to their old Herter's which was by Sellier & Bellot) and one box of PMC Bronze. Had one stovepipe FTE in the 2nd magazine and one nose-up FTL the mag after that. Both were with the Herter's ammo, and the PMC was perfect. You could feel that the PMC had a little more zip, but the gun is VERY soft shooting.
Shot mostly at 10 yds. Didn't do anything great, but okay for the first time with a smaller gun. Groups around 2-2 1/4" at 10 yd. I've done that at 25 yd with my full size Range Officer, but it is what it is. Very hard to line up those all black sights with a big black target. A 6 o'clock hold might be easier, but the sights are fixed so that's likely to leave you shooting low. I aimed dead center on these.

The silhouette target was all quick 10 yd shooting. Not sure how quick, but faster than one a second. I like the feel of the trigger for the faster shooting. I noticed a lot of the creep disappeared after I oiled the gun, even before going to the range. Not sure how many shots are on that target, but they're all within a 5" group. The 8 head shots made a 3" group.
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Any day that involves the smell of burnt gunpowder is a good day. ......as long as it is rounds going down range.
Good to see that the gun performed as well as you expected.
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