I've carried the Govt. .380 as a tool for a Summer, even though it is the largest of the useless calibers. Aside from the factory recall fix of the triple leaf spring, it has other more serious reliability issues. Most notable being that it dumps the clip just enough to not pick up the next round after your thumb bumps the mag release during recoil. That particular problem was so prevalent that aftermarket grips were designed that would shield the release button from thumb contact when using a right handed grip. And it (mine) would jam hollow points on the feed ramp. My next foray into something too underpowered will be a Sig 238 HD cuz it's stainless and has a steel frame instead of an 'alloy' frame.
I have a Browning BDA 380 which has a 13+1 capacity and an approximately 4" barrel. I do not carry it but keep it around the deer shack. For personal protection in the home, I have an 870 with a riot barrel and buckshot.
The BDA was originally designed as a service weapon for the Belgium police and military. It is double action and has a very smooth trigger. Mine was made by Beretta in Italy for Browning and it is deep blue with walnut grips. Used BDA's go for $500-$700 on GunsAmerica.
It is super comfortable to shoot and with an extra magazine and Hornady 90 grain Critical Defense or Federal Hydra-Shok cartridges, I feel comfortable if I have to defend myself.
When the BDA was introduced in the early 1980's or so, its nickname was "the pocket rocket".