The .380 is a good round for self defense. It fits the bill for a lot of people who either don't want to carry a larger pistol or for someone who can't conceal a larger pistol do to curmstances. I think that all pistol rounds lack a no BS stopping power needed for self defense. Heck I've seen a suicide bomber in Afghanistan take 2 rounds of 7.62 from a M240 in the guts and still be able to flip the switch. I'm pretty sure he was high as a kite but still a machine gun round didn't get that instant stop that everyone was hoping for. Good shots from a .380 and proper tactics after the shot will likely keep you alive.