This is a discussion on .380 v. 9mm within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Ok, Ok, I know I am asking a ridiculous question that is fairly subjective and will likely bring as many opposing opinions as answers, but ...
Ok, Ok, I know I am asking a ridiculous question that is fairly subjective and will likely bring as many opposing opinions as answers, but I'm a newbie and looking for an effective carry weapon. So, here it goes; which do you prefer CC, and Why?Thanks gang!
With all of the new small 9mm's available now, I see no reason to carry a .380. I totally agree Dooger, more beef!
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--Richard Henry Lee, 1788
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.40 It's only .02 bigger than .380, but it's amazing how much more bang you get. ;-)
Here at the rock, we have two basic rules...
Glock 27 for every day carry (LCP for deep conceal when necessary)... Glock 23 for the home.
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I have a 32 and a 380 I use in my carry rotation when circumstances dictate the need for an ultra deep concealment piece. But general carry I like my 9mm for a little more punch.
9mm gives you more power and the 9mm ammo seems to be more readily available and at about the the same price as .380.
Bullet weight are higher in the 9mm - 115, 124, 135, 147 grains as compared to .380 at 90 or 95 grains.
A lot of write-ups I've seen say that a .380 is the minimum firepower you should consider for self defense, so I would try to go up a bit from there. However the .380 remains popular... so the choice is yours.
.50 BMG It's only .10 bigger than .40, but it's amazing how much more bang you get.
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Being a small person with small pockets I like my little .380 loaded with hornaday critical defense.
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I own both. I carry a 9mm a majority of the time, but there are times that I may need to pocket carry, so a .380ACP is what I go with. Whatever you choose, practice with it and become proficient with it. At the end of the day, shot placement is going to be more important than caliber.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote." ~ Benjamin Franklin
I agree with the previous posters who said that you need one of each, to use when the circumstances call for one or the other. Most .380s are somewhat smaller and lighter than small 9mms, so they conceal better, especially in a pocket. But the 9mms pack more punch and have a better chance of stopping an attack.
My smallest .380 is a Sig P238 at 15 ounces empty, and it conceals very well in the pocket. My smallest 9mm is a Kahr MK9 that is really a belt gun, given its 24 ounce weight empty.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the Peoples' Liberty's Teeth." - George Washington
It should be mentioned that target ammo for the 9mm is about 1/2 the cost of .380. I buy 100 rounds of 9mm WWB for $24. The .380 WWB 100 round packs are $42.
.380 is NOT an effective defensive round. carry it as a BUG if you must, but a .38 +P is still a better choice.
As stated many times above, modern 9mm are nearly the size of .380's and completely reliable. Carry a .380 if you want questionable performance at 150% the cost.
I have a couple of versions in each caliber but find I carry the LCP most often due to its small size. J frame sees some duty as well. Looking to get a micro 9 for reasons mentioned above, but prob not for awhile yet.
Too many guns now as it is.
Wait......did I just say that???? :)