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    Taurus PT-58...anyone have one or shot one?

    Gentleman who I purchased my PT-940 from told me he had the full PT-900 series at one time. He still has a PT938 and a PT-58 which is more the .380 version of the PT-92 style pistol. Does anyone here have any experiance with the PT-58 .380 pistol. From what I can tell they are getting very difficult to locate. The one he has is unfired, NIB, Stainless and asking $350 for it. He is also offering the PT-938 for $300. I know that among the CCW crowd the .380 is often said to be too light of a load for PP. But, to be honest CCW is not the reason I would be buying it....more as a specality item.
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    I've never understood the need for a large 380 pistol, but if somebody likes that caliber and wants something a little bigger, then it should be a fine gun.

    I shot a PT938 probably over 20 years ago and it was a good gun.
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    I carried a Beretta Cheetah (380) for nearly 10 years. It is nearly identical to the 58. It is still my favorite gun of all. I don't know when Taurus modified the old 58 into the 58-HC, but I think they ruined the grip.
    But......I would think that $350 for a nib PT-58 would be an excellent deal. The 938 (never seen one) would be a good buy also.

    P.S. The 380 is sufficient for personal protection.

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    I have a PT-58S and like it. Mine was used when I bought it and had a few issues that were easily fixed. I like the larger 380s, they fit my hand better and are just plain fun to shoot. I also have an ATI MS380 which is a clone of the Beretta 84BB.
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    I bought a PT58 right after they were introduced, and still have it. I also own a PT58HC, and the ATI MS380, as well as a Beretta Model 84B. The PT58 is still chugging along. A LOT of new shooters really like it. Mine is blued, and sans decocker.

    I've known quite a few police who carried a Beretta 84 series, or the Browning version, as off-duty guns. The Indiana State Police issued them as off-duty carry while they were issuing the Model 92. The police also like the Sig P230/232, and a few even hold onto the older Walther PPK/S. Note that none of them carried the newer, miniscule, .380 weapons like the Kel-Tec, Kahr, and the like.

    I think that the mini-380s were designed with CCW in mind, civilian CCW, or Police BUGs. The older styles, with capacities of 8 and up, are easier to shoot accurately, conceal well, and have been proven over the decades. People aren't actually hard to kill, no matter what we hear about the "bullet sponge". Something to think about, if the person is actually a "bullet sponge", the caliber, and amount of ammunition carried by the average CCW isn't going to amount to a hill of beans, anyway.
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    Here is mine with a PT22. It is larger than my Beretta 84.


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    How do you like the MS380?

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    I have owned PT-58s for a few years now. I upgraded to a stainless decocker model (known as the ss) from a nickle non-decoker model (s). I obviously have a big hand. I love that gun. The 380 round is popular because of the light recoil. You can shoot close groups in a close quarter situation. It is a pleasure to shoot. PT-911 grips fit it, but not as well as the originals. I have heard Pt-92c (compact) grips might fit it also, but I'm not sure yet. I have seen them on gb for as low as $250.00. Sometimes they are plentiful and sometimes not, just depends.
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    My MS380 is reliable, accurate, and solid. It's not finished like the Beretta, but it costs under $300.00 from CDNN. On it's own, it works well, and looks good.

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    Received my P-58 stainless this evening along with my PT-938 stainless. The Pt-938 is nice, just like my Pt-940 and 945 only a little smaller. Now the P-58 is in a entire different league. It is a bit smaller than the PT92, but fitment is a tight as any high dollar pistol of the same design. The build quality seems higher than my Beretta 96. As an added surprise it came with the wood checker grips installed...it is pure sugar cane sweet.
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