My local distributor told me S&W just reduced the prices - for Police and Fire affiliates, its down to $319 but you must qualify. Local retail prices are down to $379. Just wonder if S&W is dumping them or getting rid of inventory or what. I ordered two - couldn't pass it up.
I'd rather have a Kel-Tec 9MM single stack or even the P3AT if it MUST be a .380. Colt made a pony in 380 and a 9mm some years ago. I won't part with them or use them, just for the potential collector value. My Kel-Tecs get a LOT of use and keep coming back for more. I just prefer a 9mm or better for serious social work. A Sig or a Glock would do nicely as well. I'm not in real favor of a laser sight. You can always add one to some firearms, but I like a good set of regular sights, maybe night sights, depending on the siruation. A good flashlight would probably do better for me than a laser.
My preference is a bigger bore. Minimum of .40 or 10mm. .45 works fine and makes a big hole in and a big one out. My P220 has seen a lot of carry use and it's used for practice on a regular basis. I have a bunch of Glocks as well, but I am well practiced and very used to the Sigs, so either would do fine for me.
I'm not much of a handgun guy, but I decided to get a handgun for my Wife for Christmas to carry in her purse.
I consulted with my father-in-law who is a competition pistol shooter on what was the best handgun for self protection; his recommendation is if you want to be confident that it will fire when you pull the trigger get a revolver and his recommendation was a S&W 637 with a 2" barrel.
I'm sure my Wife will love it, it's light weight and just feels like an old **** dog that will never let you down.
I like it so much I bought one for myself and with a thin sleeve it fits great in my pants pocket.
You can also get it with a laser sight, but I figure if we have to pull it, it's unlikely we're going to miss with all 5 shots.