I’ve had my conceal carry now for just over a year. For the past year, my EDC was a S&W Compact 22 LR. Lots and lots of reasons for a 22 LR. First, cheap ammo. I am currently paying 4.3 cents a round and that is considerably less than any other caliber which means for the same money, I can shoot 6-8 times more. That is a very important factor in that since I shoot almost weekly, I am a gosh darn good shot. No, I will never be a marksman, sniper, trick shot artist or shoot dime sized groups on paper, but I will be able to put multiple rounds in the vital areas of a human. Second, and this relates to the last statement made, low recoil. “Putting rounds on target!!!” For a lot less money, I can practice my sight alignment and trigger pulls.
I was perfectly confident in carrying my 22 LR every day but for some reason, I went and purchased a larger caliber gun.
The Smith & Wesson EZ 380.
It’s made with the S&W compact frame style so it’s almost identical in feel as the Compact 22 LR. Instead of having a magazine safety, it has a grip safety. I like that feature because I take my gun into the gym I go to and like that it’s not likely to go off spontaneously in my gym bag. Also like the Compact 22 LR, it has a thumb safety. I WILL NOT OWN A GUN WITHOUT A THUMB SAFETY. Yeah I know I’m the odd man with that as most shooters are the exact opposite.
I checked out a lot of online reviews and watched a lot of Youtube videos about the 380 EZ.
Most of them went like this:
“It’s a great gun, FOR YOUR MOTHER.”
“It’s a great gun, FOR YOUR SISTER.”
“It’s a great gun, FOR YOUR GRANDMOTHER.”
“It’s a great gun, IF YOU ARE A PUSSY AND CAN’T CARRY A .45.”
The 380 EZ holds 8+1 and above is my second time shooting it. The first time it shot way left and by GOD the allen screw that holds the rear sight for adjustment was soooooooo tight I had to use pliers on the allen wrench to loosen it !! But, it’s now adjusted and sighted in. The right target was at 7 yards and the left target was at 5 yards with double tapping (4 1/2 inch circles). So far, I am very satisfied with this gun. Like I said earlier, my goal is not to shoot dime sized groups on paper, but to be able to hit a man sized target.
I don’t plan on shooting this gun a lot, I think I can keep shooting the Compact 22 as my primary practice gun and shoot a couple of mags a week of the 380 to keep it in tune.