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Old 01-30-2014, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default For those of us that carry .380 acp. sometimes

One of the CC guns I carry is an I.O. Hellcat II, in .380 acp. I generally carry it in hot weather when clothing is less of an obstacle for the bullet. I usually alternate JHP - FMJ in my mags. Since I do not do my own gel/obstacle testing, I am reliant on vids., etc. for my info.

Here is the best compilation of .380 acp. ammo testing I have seen. Looks like the Horady XTP bullet is the big winner.



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I never use any hollow points in a 380. During the North Hollywood bank robbery a FBI agent had a perfect shot to take out on of the robbers before they left the bank. The agent shot the robber in the shoulder where he had no body armor. The 380 HP bullet hit the bone in his arm and stopped. In the performance report the FBI concluded that if the agent on the scene had loaded his 380 with FMJ ammo he would have taken out one of the robbers with the first point blank range shot.

No matter what type of ammo one chooses to use small 380's such as the LCP, P 3AT, and IO hellcat are going to generate about 200 ft lb of energy at the muzzle. You have to use a full sized pistol like the bersa thunder to get more velocity from any 380 ammo.



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I never use any hollow points in a 380. During the North Hollywood bank robbery a FBI agent had a perfect shot to take out on of the robbers before they left the bank. The agent shot the robber in the shoulder where he had no body armor. The 380 HP bullet hit the bone in his arm and stopped. In the performance report the FBI concluded that if the agent on the scene had loaded his 380 with FMJ ammo he would have taken out one of the robbers with the first point blank range shot.

No matter what type of ammo one chooses to use small 380's such as the LCP, P 3AT, and IO hellcat are going to generate about 200 ft lb of energy at the muzzle. You have to use a full sized pistol like the bersa thunder to get more velocity from any 380 ammo.
I wonder what distance that N. Hollywood shot was taken from? I agree you need something that isn't toy sized like a Bersa Thunder, CZ 380, Walther etc. and I think you need to be inside 50 ft to boot for .380s to be effective.

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I wonder what distance that N. Hollywood shot was taken from? I agree you need something that isn't toy sized like a Bersa Thunder, CZ 380, Walther etc. and I think you need to be inside 50 ft to boot for .380s to be effective.

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It was virtually point blank range. If you google the North Hollywood Bank Robbery, you will find the bank photo of the officer shooting the robber at the bank. He walked right up to the robber and shot him. I suspect that is why the officer chose the 380, he didn't want the robber to see he was armed until it was to late.
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It was virtually point blank range. If you google the North Hollywood Bank Robbery, you will find the bank photo of the officer shooting the robber at the bank. He walked right up to the robber and shot him. I suspect that is why the officer chose the 380, he didn't want the robber to see he was armed until it was to late.
I wonder if 9mm or even a .45 would have stopped those guys with one shot really. they were some hopped-up, determined dudes!
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I wonder if 9mm or even a .45 would have stopped those guys with one shot really. they were some hopped-up, determined dudes!
A larger pistol likely would not have stopped him instantly. But even if the officer had used FMJ ammo in 5 minutes or so his blood pressure would have been to low to carry on the fight. Instead the two robbers shot up half of LA.
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A larger pistol likely would not have stopped him instantly. But even if the officer had used FMJ ammo in 5 minutes or so his blood pressure would have been to low to carry on the fight. Instead the two robbers shot up half of LA.
so you are saying the FMJ would have penetrated thru the bone? if so I see your point. if not, I would think the hollow points would cause more bleeding. but I am not ballistics expert
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here ya go...this looks like a good choice from Buffalo Bore

380 Auto +P Ammo - 100 gr. Hardcast F.N. (1150fps/ M.E. 294 ft. lbs.) Item 27A/20 is a 100gr. HARD cast bullet with a flat nose. It is traveling over 1,150 fps out of my 3.75 inch BDA (Browning Double Action)

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here ya go...this looks like a good choice from Buffalo Bore

380 Auto +P Ammo - 100 gr. Hardcast F.N. (1150fps/ M.E. 294 ft. lbs.) Item 27A/20 is a 100gr. HARD cast bullet with a flat nose. It is traveling over 1,150 fps out of my 3.75 inch BDA (Browning Double Action)
I have some of that stuff. It has a little zip to it that's for sure!


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