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Old 08-30-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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For those that know, what is the difference (if any) in firing "feel" between a .380 and 9mm?

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Neither are exactly punishing. Where you get into issues though is that the .380 pistols are usually smaller, light weight with thin grips, and are of blowback operation, which can amplify felt recoil. A Recoil operated gun will seem to kick a bit less becasue some of th energy is used to unlock the barrel from the slide.

If you could fire both rounds from the same gun then the .380 would kick less.

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Depends on the pistol.
The tiny little Noisy Cricket .380s are typically unpleasant, whereas a full sized 9 mm is typically fairly pleasant.
I love shooting my CZ75 BD. I really find my wife's PPK/S unpleasant, and it's heavier than a lot of other .380s. YMMV.
All other things being equal, the .380 would recoil less. Lower pressures & lighter bullets equal less energy.

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From what I've come to learn, the .380 has a bit less recoil and is often an easier weapon to CC with due to its size and weight and the 9mm has quite a bit better stopping power than a .380. I own both and while my .380 has always been my CCW due to its size, I've learned to be as proficient with it as I can, because at the end of the day, a .380 round IS lethal if the rounds are properly placed.

It also depends on the weapon as well, the smaller the weapon the more snap you're going to "feel". All other things being equal, the .380 has a bit less recoil than the 9mm. And with the right weapon in the right hands both can be quite lethal.

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Depends totaly on the gun and weight of it. To me a 8 to 10oz 380 feels much like a kahr cm9 at 15 oz in felt recoil. My daughters bersa 380 at 18 oz feels like a g17 shooting +p loads.

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For those that know, what is the difference (if any) in firing "feel" between a .380 and 9mm?

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Take a 9mm and a .380 in the same micro pistol, the 9mm will have more felt recoil. Neither round will come close to discomfort. The 9mm is a more powerful round and if you're looking to buy something than i would say a 9mm or bigger.
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.380 in a LCP is more punishing then 9mm in an XDM9c

For shooting comfort, mass is your friend. For carrying, mass is your non friend.

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.380 in a LCP is more punishing then 9mm in an XDM9c

For shooting comfort, mass is your friend. For carrying, mass is your non friend.
Boy, this is the truth!
A dilemma in gun choice!

But I have the same:
My Ruger LCP - 380 - (very light) kicks quite a bit.
My Ruger LC9 - 9mm (compact) is more comfortable to shoot - but is larger, heavier.


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To be honest my P-3AT is less comfortable to shoot than my Ruger Super Blackhawk chambered in 44mag. I am trying to hang on to the P-3AT with two fingers. What little recoil it produces is absorbed by my hand. The SBH weighs over 40oz and has nice comfortable houge mono-grips. While the SBH produces considerably more recoil, it isn't perceived recoil.

For the record, the .380 is something I carry when my clothing doesn't permit a decent belt. Other wise I would at least carry a 9mm. I feel a lot better with a .357mag.

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I'll compare SIGS. I have a P230 in .380, it is a joy to shoot even w/ my Gorilla hands. It is the fastest cycling handgun I own.
My P6/225 is also great. Both are dead on accurate. The 230 is a great carry piece. Neither has an issue w/ factory or hand loads. The Bersa Thunder is pretty close to the 230. Stay away from Walthers. The mags will Jam constantly.

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