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Old 09-01-2013, 04:33 AM   #91
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Joking aside, you must not have tried to find 22LR or 9mm lately.
I can't find 9mm all the time, but it's around enough that I can replace what I shoot. I actually don't own a .22 so it's not an issue for me, but yes, it's as rare as .380 in my local shops.
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I can't find 9mm all the time, but it's around enough that I can replace what I shoot. I actually don't own a .22 so it's not an issue for me, but yes, it's as rare as .380 in my local shops.
Both 380 & 32 were hard to find outside of a few boxes of LRN,... Now in the last two weeks I've seen(between on the shelf at an LGS and online) plenty of Ball/LRN and at least two different HP's for each. Had less the 50 rds. Of 32ACP Hp's so we ordered 4 boxes, 2 std. 50 rd. and two Hi-Vel. HP's-25rds each....
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The .380 is actually gaining in popularity or else gun makers would not come out with new .380 guns like the PICO or the PK380. The young guns still like .40 or .45 because they are impressed with the power. But the majority of CCW people like .32, .380, 9mm or .38 for carry. Most people want a gun without too much recoil so they can have follow up shots easier. Actually I believe we in the U.S. ignore the .32 acp which is a good carry gun also. But the new defensive ammo's make .380 good to carry.

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I do agree. For instant self-defense a quick firing 380 ( or even the snappy 32) is ideal. I still like a heavier caliber as a woods gun, with staggered HP and FMJ ammo in the mags, just in case some heavy boned critter makes itself obnoxious. Lately I've been carrying a 9mm Mak ( a super 380) which I shoot well and appreciate it's thinner profile in summer.

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The .380 is actually gaining in popularity or else gun makers would not come out with new .380 guns like the PICO or the PK380. The young guns still like .40 or .45 because they are impressed with the power. But the majority of CCW people like .32, .380, 9mm or .38 for carry. Most people want a gun without too much recoil so they can have follow up shots easier. Actually I believe we in the U.S. ignore the .32 acp which is a good carry gun also. But the new defensive ammo's make .380 good to carry.
Agreed. And I would add that .380 guns allow for smaller guns, which translate into easier to carry concealed, which in turn translates into more people carrying. In an emergency, a .380 in the pocket is MUCH better than the .45 left at home in the safe.
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For the most part I think the ammo manufacturers were caught flat footed on how popular the little 380's would be for concealed carry. With millions of new shooters purchasing then for self-defense the ammo companies where not ready for such a large influx of purchasers.

Just the production of 380 cases would take a long time to receive. The case on your current 380 rounds was probably produced years ago, You can not use brass slugs (round disks) for 9 mm Luger to make 380 cases. First the brass must be poured into ingots or rolls of sheet metal and then made into disks, those disks then are sent to the ammo companies to be shaped into cases usually done in 5 or 6 steps. Then they will go onto a production line to be primed, then filled with gun powder and finally a bullet set into the case. This takes time and unless you know well in advance how much supplies you will need and order way ahead of time, you will run out of supplies way before you run out of demand.

Be patient, supplies will eventually catch up with demand, just not by tomorrow.

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