very week or two, it seems, another gun maker debuts yet another semi-automatic pistol chambered in .380 Auto.—and for good reason—they are popular as hell, especially with concealed carriers. Marketed variously as “compact,” “sub-compact,” “micro-compact,” and "pocket pistols" these .380’s are easy to conceal and weigh relatively little. Many also consider the .380 itself as a good “starter” round/pistol for new shooters. But small semi-autos have their drawbacks, including the fact that the reduced outer surface area can make them harder to manipulate than their larger cousins. There's simply a lot less gun to hold. I’ve tried tiny .380’s with slides that are very difficult to rack, mostly because I could only fit two fingers on the slide. The tiny magazines can be a pain to try to load, too—literally—especially when your fingers slip and jam into the magazine lips.