Ok, the .380 champions won. I purchased my P-3AT today. Didn't bother with the fluff & buff; wanted a good one right out of the box so I simply oiled it and crossed my fingers! I put 50rds of Magtech FMJ's through it without a hiccup. Quite accurate too! I'm very satisfied with it. Does kick like a mule compared to other pistols but once I got used it it, it became a moot point. I plan on putting a couple hundred rounds of Winchester FMJ's through it this weekend (Wal-Mart special). I'll rest assured after 250 flawless rounds.
A slide lock wold have been nice but it wasn't a deal-breaker. Reliability is a big issue so thank you for mentioning the rimlock issue Diesel
. Other dealers in town mentioned that too. And it seems that on the newer P-3AT's, the ejection/jamming issue has been corrected... I'll let you know. Also, went with the blued finish. It was prettier and my dealer assured me it would be just as durable as the parkerized or stainless. I was told that nowadays they're all the same. It's just a matter of color. He said that if it wasn't, or if I wasn't satisfied, he'd trade it out at no charge for up to 6 months! Even put it in writing. With a guarantee like that, I got what I wanted!
A big THANK YOU
to all for your input. It went a very long way in helping me decide what to purchase for my new, everyday carry gun.
Lastly, SouthernBoy mentioned CorBon JHP's; anyone else have any input? I've always liked Hornady TAP but they don't make it in .380. I'll be loading two JHP's, followed by 4 FMJ's for pocket-carry.