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Been looking and watching and today I came across a new 380 EZ for a low starting bid price on GB so I placed an opening bid with a small margin. Auction ended and I was able to pick it up for a nice $290.00. This is a present for my wife and I hope she likes it better than my 380 Witness Pavona. I'm interested in seeing if it stacks up to the hype.
 

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I have been researching this gun for some time. While I don't think it will be for everyone, I really do think it will fill a very important niche in the gun market. A pocket pistol is not practical for all shooters. The 380 round in modern ammunition is effective and the more powerful calibers can be daunting for timid shooters. Be sure to let us know how it works out.
 

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I really like mine. It's exactly what it is billed to be. I picked up 8 spare mags so range trips are pre-loaded. DeSantis makes a nice thumb-break holster for it if you want one, available at Midway. The pistol is great for those days when my hands are swollen. I'm going to pick up another for my mother next time I visit her. Of course, I paid significantly more than 290, but smart never was my strong suite.
 

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This pistol was bought with the intention of extended range time and not as a SD gun as we both have nice 45acp's for that. But I was looking for something that would be easy to shoot all day w/o getting beat up. The wife really doesn't care to shoot my Witness 380 Pavona because actually it has a sharper snap to it than out 9mm's. Also as long as I buy components while they are on sale I can load the 380 for about 9.5 cents a pc.

The only way to stay sharp is to spend time on target and I just figure this pistol would be a good way to do that at reasonable costs.
 
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Oh my gosh! That's an INCREDIBLE price!! I just recently bought one - but it's still in the jail at the FFL because we have to wait for the state board to accept it on the Handgun roster! Yes, this is the blue, blue state of Maryland. I can hardly wait to shoot my S&W 380 EZ!! I cannot take possession until June 20th, though. I saw it at the NRA show in February and have been itching for one ever since. The slide is sooo easy to rack, the grips is oh so comfortable and I personally think that this handgun will suit many folks from beginners to us older folks that no longer like getting beat up with big or magnum loads for a full day at the range! I'll still shoot the bigger calibers, of course, but I am hoping that this pistol will allow me to send a LOT of rounds down range with a lot less discomfort!
 

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Haven't shot one, but the slide is easier to rack. Played with it at the NRA Convention. The grip safety was a bit weird for a gun that small but over all I liked it.
 

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Many of the threads I've read to this point there have been comments about the grip safety with many complaining. Though I now find it funny that when my wife was looking closer at the ad and the pictures the first thing she commented on was that it has a grip safety just like her XD's! She seems to like them I when I shoot them I don't even notice it or think of it.
 

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I like grip safeties myself!
I haven't shot one of my horses that I am riding while drawing and firing my gun since I began to use weapons that have them!
 

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I don't own a S & W E-Z but have a friend that does.
I have 2 weapons that can compare and maybe be a tad better as to racking the slide and trigger pull weights.
the Tanfoglio Elite Match -- a single action CZ type weapon that is hand assembled and my Sig 238.
the sig runs about 550-600 and the Elite match runs about 800-850.
for an out of the box affordable weapon I am impressed to say the least.
 
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Now I don't want this to be too easy6 for her as she already gets Happy Finger when she is on the firing line. She can shoot, load and shoot about twice as fast as I can! But she does have fun!
 
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Now I don't want this to be too easy6 for her as she already gets Happy Finger when she is on the firing line. She can shoot, load and shoot about twice as fast as I can! But she does have fun!

Normally HAPPY TRIGGER is a result of one of the two following things.
1) they do not have to reload the ammo.
2) they do not have to buy the factory ammo.
 

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I think she just gets overly enthused! Also I think the noise excites her.

She does pick up her own brass and helps fund the components. She even fixes me nice meals while I'm in the reloading room.
 

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HMM, interesting!
and note worthy.
I have a friend that's new into shooting and I took a few of my hand loaded Self defense ammo , and a few Hornady FTX) for her to try in her EZ,
just to check function before she bought self defense ammo and for her to see the recoil difference in target loads.
Now my self defense loads are very near top level charges.
she fired through her gun, Hornady FTX (factory), Speer Gold Dot, Remington Golden Sabre, Barnes Solid copper, and Hornady XTP.
no problems with operation of any, the Gold dot and Golden Sabre were very accurate as a matter of fact.
her weapon likely is new version as shes only owned it like 5-6 weeks.
I am going to suggest that she try the new Sig self defense ammo as well.
 
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We just picked up a box of Blazer Brass 95gr RN FMJ. to run thru it before we start feeding it hand loads. Hope to have it in hand by Tue. or Wed.
 

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I'm fond of the 230, I've had two of them. After years of shooting the heavy calibers, however, there are days when I simply cannon manipulate the tiny pistol when my hands are stiff. I won't need the EZ every day, but will likely carry it more this fall when the weather gets wet and cold. I should point out that, until I got this pistol, my "bad day" carry was a Beretta 87 with match grade ammo. The 380 ain't much, but I am more confident with it than the 22.
 

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The new EZ 380 arrived today and it feels very nice in my hand and the wife is impressed also. Now it will probably be a couple days before we are free to get to the range and run it.
 
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