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Old 02-12-2020, 11:35 AM
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I have noticed that there never was a S&W Gen 1 through 3 pistol that was in 380ACP. Did S&W ever issue a statement why that caliber was never used in a model?
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:42 AM
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I believe they did make a 380 abomination during that era. It was a zinc piece of junk that didn't sell.
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:24 PM
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That was the Sigma polymer frame gun - the SW380.

Not a lot of positive comments on it...
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S&W brought out the Sigma .380 in the mid 1990ís, along with a slightly larger version in 9mm. Both were short lived. Inexpensively made, difficult to disassemble, and both had a shelf life of just a few thousand rounds (5,000 maybe?). They were, like Rhett Butler, not well received.

I had two in .380 and one in 9mm. I lost track of one of the .380ís, but the other and the 9mm are still being carried and occasionally shot by the people I traded them to.
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Old 02-12-2020, 05:23 PM
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. . . Hmmm . . .

First: Do working prototypes count?

If "Yes," then a full-on, pretty as one pleases Pre-Model 39 had a working .380 ACP; even had the top-of-barrel/chamber marked in "380 CTG" nomenclature.

It was a "Pre- . . . um, well, uh . . . 380(?)"

Presently limited to bar bets, one wonders where No-Name, No-Model but Serial Number 1501 is hanging nowadays?

Anyone; Anyone?

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Old 02-19-2020, 11:49 AM
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I was referring to production model Gen 1 through 3. Polymer guns wouldn't fall into this category. It would seem they would have made a 380 version of the 39 series Gen 1 through 3. I just wondered if S&W ever commented why they never used this round during those years?
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Old 02-19-2020, 01:10 PM
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I think those were the days when 45's and 10mm were at the top of S&W's LEO focused food chain.
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Old 02-19-2020, 01:45 PM
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Ya know, OP, that's a great question. I've never paid attention to the lack of a .380 in the G1-G3 era. I hope one of the folks in tune with what went on in those days will chime in!
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There was no metal receiver .380 ACP counterpart to the S&W metal receiver S&W pistols. Just as odd, S&W did not introduce a 45 ACP metal receiver pistol until the second generation of pistols, even though I understand it was a frequently requested caliber.
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Hey DCW, I have 1501 on my list. I cant remember where I saw it. Old age you know! Mike
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