Is .380 powerful enough for defensive carry?

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    Is .380 powerful enough for defensive carry?

    We've talked about this in other threads and some of you raised some good points in defense of the .380 cartridge. I decided to do some testing of the .380 to see how both hollow points and ball rounds penetrated in 10% gel. I also compared it to my favorite 9mm carry load, Critical Duty.

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    proves any cal. Beats Rocks. good test.
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    Good video. I to carry a 380 sometimes when I need to go light. What do you think of 380 critical defense rounds. They have the polymer tip to act as ball and not plug up I carry those in my Bersa thunder. I feel that might give a balance of penetration and expansion. Thanks for posting your video of the 380 test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixgun View Post
    Good video. I to carry a 380 sometimes when I need to go light. What do you think of 380 critical defense rounds. They have the polymer tip to act as ball and not plug up I carry those in my Bersa thunder. I feel that might give a balance of penetration and expansion. Thanks for posting your video of the 380 test.
    Wouldn't that cause it to actually penetrate less, and expand more? I thought the point of the polymer tip was to prevent clogging of clothing and prevent it from acting like ball ammo, allowing better expansion.

    I could be wrong.

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    Ugh. Now I have to go out and replace all my .380 hollow point and replace it with ball ammo. Who do I send the bill to?
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    FMJ FPs in .380. Been recommending that for years. Standard velocity is fine, and more likely to tumble than the so-called "+P" stuff.
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    Thanks, very helpful video.
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    Great job! Nothing like someone actually taking the time to do an adaquate test instead of just repeating inet crap.
    I applaud you sir, and it confirms my own experience.

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    I too carry a 380 on occasion in the PPK, my favorite gun in this caliber. Always with FMJ.
    I believe it adaquate for SD purposes that don't involve a rolling gunfight.
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    Fantastic video & info. Thanks.

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    Intelligently and maturely presented with no bombast. Very good delivery and fun to watch.
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    Still will not trust anything smaller than 9+p or 38+p. As the name says, I typically carry 357and40.

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    Great video, very helpful. Thank you for doing it for us. Well I guess I know what I will be using when I get my LCP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    FMJ FPs in .380. Been recommending that for years. Standard velocity is fine, and more likely to tumble than the so-called "+P" stuff.
    It was our discussion that prompted this test. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 357and40 View Post
    Still will not trust anything smaller than 9+p or 38+p. As the name says, I typically carry 357and40.

    Might have to change my name since I am about to buy a new 45.
    I'm still very much a 9mm guy. I won't hesitate to take a .380 with me, as I do trust it will do the job, but I will only carry ball from now on. I won't be tempted by fancy hollow points.
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    Don't have a 380 pistol (YET !) great video.... THANKS !

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