By AnonyIn a recent post, ArmedCandy dismisses the .380 cartridge as an unviable self-defense round based on three criteria: It’s lack of stopping power, the smaller-framed .380 pistols being recoil-heavy and inadequate sights, and the round being less available and more costly than the omnipresent 9mm Luger.
First of all, James Bonds’ gun of choice, the Walther PPK, is chambered in .380 Auto. If that isn’t enough to convince you, I have outlined below, why the .380 deserves your consideration.
I cannot claim that the rimless .380 cartridge will perform as well as its longer 9mm counterpart. However, at less than 10 feet, (the distance that most self-defense situations would occur) (i.e. assault, mugging, etc.) a few well-placed .380 caliber projectiles, traveling at around 1,000 feet per second, will likely drop the average assailant.
Most major ammunition manufacturers currently produce high-quality self-defense rounds in .380 ACP, so if there is a brand of ammo to which you are partial, chances are you can have it in .380. Further, there are many brands making a +P .380 round, for those with a gun rated for +P loads.
I would have to agree with ArmedCandy’s second claim that the small-framed .380 pistols are recoil-heavy and often lack adequate sight acquisition. However, at distances of less than 10 feet, one’s goal isn’t to carefully line up sights and take a precision shot, but rather to get off a few quick shots at center mass.
Additionally, the small-framed pistols are especially suited to those in need of deep concealment or smaller female (and male) shooters that cannot comfortably or discreetly carry a larger-framed 9mm pistol.
Lastly, regarding the third claim that that the .380 cartridge being less available and more expensive than the 9mm – well – there isn’t much I can say to contest that. It is up to each of us, whether or not the round is worth the few-cent premium.
In conclusion, although the .380 cartridge isn’t as cheap or prevalent as the 9mm Luger, nor are the small .380 guns fun or comfortable to shoot, it is a cartridge that has sufficient power to stop most attackers, and comes in a small package that can be concealed on nearly any shooter, large or small.
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