People are going to carry what they want to carry for their own reasons.
I also own a .380ACP pistol, but I don't solely depend on it for self defense.
I use mine as a back-up pistol only. I rather depend on one of my .40 cals for main BG stopper.
Yes, it's all shot placement and no one can argue with that.
Although in most self defense situations shot placement is highly unlikely. Shot placement will bring down any attacker, but in real life attacks a well placed shot is highly unlikely due to chaotic seconds of a gunfight, adrenalin, everyone is moving,etc making shot placement even more difficult.
Best way to stop a threat:
1. The bullet(s) has to destroy the central nervous system function, but that requires very precise shot placement.
2. The bullet(s) has to cause the blood system to depressurize, but that also requires precise or lucky shot placement and in any case it happens slowly even at best.
and the best way to end an attacker...
3. The bullet(s) have to cause so much shock to the body that the body shuts down.
Now, I'm not starting an argument or debate on this topic.
I posted the reasons why I
choose a higher caliber over my .380.
#3 in the above paragraph speaks volume to me
I believe most will carry only a small pocket gun no matter what caliber it is out of comfort. To me, a gun should be more comforting than comfortable to carry.
Although I'm not a fan of the 380 load
I sure wouldn't want to get hit by one.
Everyone needs to carry what's best for them and what they are most competent with. Period.