.380 ACP Ammo For Sale – .380 acp ammo
.380 acp vs 9mm
The .380 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) is a rimless, straight-walled pistol cartridge developed by firearms designer John Moses Browning. The cartridge headspaces on the mouth of the case. It was introduced in 1908 by Colt, for use in its new Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket semi-automatic, and has been a popular self-defense cartridge ever since, seeing wide use in numerous handguns (typically smaller weapons). Other names for .380 ACP include .380 Auto, 9mm Browning, 9mm Corto, 9mm Kurz, 9mm Short, 9×17mm and 9 mm Browning Court (which is the C.I.P. designation).
9mm and .380 ACP cartridges — both popular choices for self-defense rounds — have the same diameter, but a 9mm round is longer. The .380 ACP round is cheaper and easier to handle and conceal, while the 9mm is more powerful overall. The rounds can both be used in revolvers and autoloaders, but are not interchangeable with one another.
The .380 ACP cartridge (also called a 9mm Browning) was introduced in 1908 by Colt as a self defense weapon. The .380 ACP cartridge is rimless and straight-walled. The 9mm (9×19mm Parabellum) cartridge was introduced in 1902 by German weapons manufacturer DWM for their Luger semi-automatic pistol.
Although some foreign police use the .380 as a primary weapon, American police and military forces see it as a backup weapon, as it lacks the power of similar-sized pistols like the 9mm and .38 Special. Its primary use remains that of self defense for civilians, as its small size allows for easy concealment and it can hold a relatively high amount of rounds.
The 9mm Luger has become the popular caliber for US law enforcement agencies due to the availability of compact pistols with large magazine round capacity using this caliber. It is also a popular self-defense cartridge for civilians where permitted.
380 ACP Performance
The 380 ACP is sufficient as a handgun self-defense round in many cases. This is often thought to be the lowest-power cartridge you’d want to use, however cartridge selection is of utmost importance. Using a proven self-defense round that expands well and penetrates far enough to cause internal damage can be difficult. More on this later.