380 Mini 1911 Options - Opinions? Recommendations?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Spur1911, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. Spur1911

    Spur1911 Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2016
    I have seen three possible options for the "mini" 1911 pistol in 380

    - Browning
    - Rock Island Armory
    - Llama (Micromax)

    Personal experience with any of them and/or opinions on the best way to go would be appreciated. They look like fun little shooters.

    I believe the Browning has a plastic frame - not sure I like that feature.

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  2. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    curious why you are exploring this route and not going with tried and true P938, Kimber Micro 9 or even a G43 ?
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  3. Karsten

    Karsten Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2013
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  4. Spur1911

    Spur1911 Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2016
    I have the p238. I was interested in a steel frame and longer barrel with the two Phillipine options. The Llama in now made there just like the RIA.

    Not interested in a small glock . An old school colt 380 might pique my interest . My local gun store has one.
  5. Ingramite

    Ingramite On The Lost Highway

    Sep 16, 2018
    I'd look at a Beretta 84fs or an older Browning BDA-380. High capacity mags.

    These are wonderful pistols that are metal for low recoil on the .380. They have a hidden feature of a barrel and magazine swap for .32acp operations
  6. ~JM~

    ~JM~ Wrinkled Member

    Jan 23, 2017
  7. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    Mrs. Collector has a Kimber Sapphire micro .380 with laser grips.. she thinks its fun! Too small for me. I did have a Kimber micro 9 two tone in the truck console for a while.. I gave it to the youngest for Christmas.
  8. cgff

    cgff Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2015
    Not on your list but here goes 380 sig 238, colt mustang or a Glock 42. A we bit larger but definatley quality As previously mentioned Beretta 84s and add I’ll add the 85.

    I mentioned the Glock as it was a fun gun to shoot, only reason it was sold as I consolidated and
  9. Excursion12

    Excursion12 Member

    Jun 9, 2018
    The Springfield 911 .380 has worked well for me. More reliable than both the G42 and Kimber micro in my experience (sample size of 2 G42 and 1 each of the kimber and Springfield). The sights from the factory are also quite good on the 911.

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