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Old 07-15-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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Considering that the 380 has a belief by many to be marginally acceptable for a defensive caliber, is the caliber losing popularity?

What about when you start considering all of the new offerings that are very close to the size of a 380, but are being chambered in 9mm? If given the choice between the same size gun in 380 and 9mm, is there any reason or benefit that someone would willingly choose the 380 over the 9mm?

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Old 07-15-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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Personally I would choose the 9mm, the ammo seems to be more available.
The caliber is also available in more platforms(which is irrelevant to the question but relevant to my choice).

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I believe the .380 is alive and well and thriving. I have a .380 and I know many who have and carry the Ruger LCP. I have no trouble finding .380 ammo.............when I can find any ammo at all.

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I believe the .380 is alive and well and thriving. I have a .380 and I know many who have and carry the Ruger LCP. I have no trouble finding .380 ammo.............when I can find any ammo at all.
Seems there's always been a premium on .380 ammo
I agree it's alive and well though.
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I believe the .380 is alive and well and thriving. I have a .380 and I know many who have and carry the Ruger LCP. I have no trouble finding .380 ammo.............when I can find any ammo at all.
Same here--I've got several friends carrying the Ruger LCP and some with the similar Kel-tec in .380. I would have preferred the 9mm BUT it is approx 1" longer, a bit wider and much heavier (17 oz. vs 9 oz,). I went with the LCP since you gives you a bunch more options on how to carry as well as comfort.
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Considering that the 380 has a belief by many to be marginally acceptable for a defensive caliber, is the caliber losing popularity?

What about when you start considering all of the new offerings that are very close to the size of a 380, but are being chambered in 9mm? If given the choice between the same size gun in 380 and 9mm, is there any reason or benefit that someone would willingly choose the 380 over the 9mm?
I'm not sure if it IS losing popularity as much as it SHOULD. My reasoning is because of the size issue, as you said there are many new 9s of similar size. Either people will eventually stop carrying the 380 in favor of a 9, or gun manufacturers need to start making even smaller 380s, if the trend in small sized 9s continues.

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Some people might need the reduced recoil of the .380acp in a comparison of same-sized 9mm pistols.

I was under the impression that weird gun control legislation in central/south America guaranteed the continued existence of .380acp and 9mm Makarov by limiting "citizens" to non-military sized ammo. Anybody know the real deal on that?

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It's beyond trend as I see it; more like commited to the 'realm of practicality.'
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Some people might need the reduced recoil of the .380acp in a comparison of same-sized 9mm pistols.

I was under the impression that weird gun control legislation in central/south America guaranteed the continued existence of .380acp and 9mm Makarov by limiting "citizens" to non-military sized ammo. Anybody know the real deal on that?
I've heard something about those terrible things coming out of England and other European countries. But I can't confirm it.
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Mexico has something about citizens and military calibers.
That is why the .38 Super is so popular there.

The .380 ACP is not the best "man-stopper", but has filled the niche mainly because of the low cost of firearms chambered for it.

A hit with a .380 is better than a miss with a .44 Magnum.

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