.380 auto vs. 9mm short

.380 auto vs. 9mm short

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    .380 auto vs. 9mm short

    I recently read some literature on a semi-automatic pistol that indicated it took ".380 auto" ammunition. When I examined pistol at a gun shop, "9 mm short" was stamped on the frame. Does this mean that two versions of the gun are available in different calibers, or are these two calibers interchangeable? The gun store clerk didn't seem to have the answer - and the two types of ammo were not available for side-by-side comparison. Thanks.


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    .380ACP, 9mm Kurz (means short), and 9mm short are the same round.

    ETA:

    Here are some other names for the .380ACP

    * 9x17mm Short
    * 9 mm Kurz
    * 9 mm Corto
    * 9 mm Court
    * 9 mm Short
    * 9 mm Kratak
    * 9 mm Browning Short
    * 9 mm Scurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwgormly View Post
    The gun store clerk didn't seem to have the answer - ....


    Not doubting your word, of course...just... .

    It concerns me that the clerk would not know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falcon1 View Post


    Not doubting your word, of course...just... .

    It concerns me that the clerk would not know that.
    It all depends on where you shop, the guys at the Sportsman's Warehouse in Roanoke don't even know what caliber a Glock 23 is.


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    Time to find a new gun store!


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    Quote Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
    Time to find a new gun store!
    +1.....and Welcome Aboard!
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    But, nobody but me ever terms 9 mm handguns as being chambered for the .380 Long cartridge.
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    It concerns me that the clerk would not know that.
    You ought to try talking guns with some of the kids at Walmart that stand behind the gun counter.

    Talking to them about 9short,.380,9mm,.45 Colt or .45 ACP or even .357 Magnum or .357 Sig will have them mumbling and looking crazy eyed in a matter of seconds.

    Its virtually impossible to carry on an intelligent coversation.

    I surely hope that it is not that way at all Walmarts, but it is here.
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    You've actually attempted to have an intelligent conversation in Walmart?
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    Yeah...I know.
    Every now and then I'll meet someone I know and we visit. Then I actually try to use the same mode of conversational skills with those behind the counter.

    Call me a glutton for punishment, but I always try. Unfortunatley, it hasnt worked yet. I usually have to drop down to the fifth grade level and get basic...you know...this is a hammer,this is a wrench,this is a hangun that goes boom...

    Maybe someday though
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    You ought to try talking guns with some of the kids at Walmart that stand behind the gun counter.
    I understand. That is why I do not shop for firearms stuff at Wal-Mart.
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    9mm, plenty of ammo and cheap!

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    At my local Wally, the regular lady who works Sporting Goods probably knows more about guns and ammunition than most people on this forum. Several of the others who work that department have enough knowledge to steer a confused customer in the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falcon1 View Post


    Not doubting your word, of course...just... .

    It concerns me that the clerk would not know that.

    By the way, welcome from Middle Tennessee!
    It doesn't suprise me at all that a clerk wouldn't know that.

    Back when I was about fourteen or fifteen I was in a Sporting Goods Store that sold some guns & ammo. A gentleman from another country came in asking for "9mm Short".

    The clerk was your typical college student, more interested in selling the Skiing equipment than the guns, and didn't know that. I answered the question and the gentleman left with a box of Winchester .380 Auto.

    Granted, this was not a Gun Store, but I think clerks are represenative of society at large, and nobody knows everything. Heck, I'm certainly lacking in knowledge, and not afraid to admit it. Nobody knows everything, and if they claim to, they are a liar or a pompous dork.

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    Granted, this was not a Gun Store, but I think clerks are represenative of society at large, and nobody knows everything. Heck, I'm certainly lacking in knowledge, and not afraid to admit it. Nobody knows everything, and if they claim to, they are a liar or a pompous dork.
    That is true, but it would be nice if they possessed just a little bit of a clue about what they were doing.

    Especially when dealing with things that could blow up and take the side of your head off it the wrong ammo was used.

    Thats not too much to ask is it?
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    I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.


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