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Old 07-24-2013, 12:21 PM   #31
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The .380 acp is not going to go out of style. There are many good .380's made by different gun makers. FYI also, bad guys use .22, .380, .38, or 9mm the most. Not many criminals use a .40 or .45 Look at how new .380 guns have just come out in the last 5 years alone. The Ruger LC380 seems excellent, the Walther PK380 is also a nice one.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:27 AM   #32
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why is size a big factor for a woman's gun? Is she using a bra rig? Since most women are considerably less strong than most men, it's a good idea for her gun to be easier to control, not harder. That normally means either considerably less power from the round, or a larger, heavier gun.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:37 AM   #33
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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.
Agree with all this...would still like to know why 380 ammo is more than the 9mm?
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:48 PM   #34
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The .380 ACP was invented in 1908 by John Browning. The .380 has served as a military round and issued by police Depts. all over the world.
The .380 ACP is more popular than ever before. Where is there any evidence that people who choose to carry the .380 have been out gunned by the bad guys?
I agree 100%. I have heard plenty of JM Browning, 1911, 45 cal loving folk sing of the legend of JMB but totally bash the .380 acp, which he invented as a scaled version of the .45 acp.

The small round has its place... In a small gun. If you need a small gun a .380 is a good, efficient choice. In a small barrel, propellant has limited amount of space to burn. That's why large caliber compacts have a fireball shoot out the barrel. Propellant is burning uselessly outside the barrel. Therefore, a .45 ball is not hitting its target as hard out of a 2.5 inch barrel as a bullet out of a 4 inch barrel.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:57 AM   #35
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I like my Bodyguard .380. I figure if seven .380 rounds won't stop it, it will at least slow it down enough to where I can out run whatever is still coming.
The Body Guard is such a comfortable gun to CC. I still prefer my Baby Glock due to round count and caliber. The compact Glock is still just to fat to run or workout with. Bodyguard is perfect.

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Old 07-27-2013, 12:33 PM   #36
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The .380 seems to be the perfect caliber for many who want to carry. There are many different .380 guns to chose from. As for fireball shooting out of the gun, I keep either Hornady Critical Defense, Corbon Pwrball or Barnes TacT in my Bersa Thunder for carry. These loads have a lot less muzzle flash and less recoil also. Use good defensive ammo and the .380 will do a good job.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:24 PM   #37
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I like the .380, specifically the Sig Sauer P238, which I carry everyday. Shorts and a t-shirt or something more fancy, doesn't matter, and I often can't even tell I'm carrying. I keep a spare mag in the front pocket. If I put one of my 9mm guns on my hip I am constantly aware of it and my pants get pulled down or it prints or it digs into my side. The little Sig is very nice, shoots great, is accurate for a small gun, has night sights, and to me, it's the best .380 there is. I feel like I can handle myself just fine with this gun.
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I carry a Bersa Thunder .380 IWB loaded with Hornady Critical Defense ammo. It is dependable and accurate. Shot 200 rounds FMJ and 100 rounds of carry ammo with no hiccups at all. A .380 is enough gun.
Considering that a 22 wmr CCI TMJ shot from a rifle has over 300 Flb of energy and a 380 fired from bersa thunder has 248 ft. lbs of energy using Double Tap ammo is the 380 enough gun? Using Hornady Vmax ammo the 22 WMR does a lot of damage.

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Considering that a 22 wmr shot from a rifle has over 300 Flb of energy and a 380 fired from bersa thunder has around 225 flb of energy using corbon ammo is the 380 enough gun?
I would not got to war with it, but yes it's enough gun to take out on a hot summer day.

Check out this link to see some expanded JHP .380 rounds.

http://www.brassfetcher.com/380ACP%20ammunition%20performance%20in%20ballistic %20gelatin.pdf

http://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/defensive-ammunition-ballistics/107777-little-380-acp-ammo-test-ya-results-pictures.html

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The .380 will be around for a long time, it is VERY popular with people in the U.S. People in the U.S. should also pay attention more to the .32 acp which really is a good carry gun when loaded with FMJ. I have both a .380 and a .32 and trust them both for carry. The .32 acp was very popular in Europe for many years. The .380 however seems to be taking over it's spot. Which I can understand because the .380 gives you a round which is between the .32 and the 9mm.
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