Do you trust .380 ACP?

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Do you trust the effectiveness of the .380 ACP?

  • Yes

    Votes: 59 66.3%
  • No

    Votes: 11 12.4%
  • Depends

    Votes: 19 21.3%

  • Total voters
    89

Frederick

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I've been known to carry a .380 autoloader, but have in the past carried .38 revolver because i trusted the stopping power of the .38 +p more than the .380. but the .380 would be a lot easier to get follow up shots with, and ammo capacity isn't an issue. Granted, with training, you can get pretty quick with .38 revolver reloads. But i remember the lessons of Newhall and the 1986 miami shootout. in the Newhall Incident, four officers stopped 2 suspects. all 4 officers were killed in the ensuing gunbattle, one of them was killed while reloading his revolver. The suspect ran up to him, and put a bullet in his brain from behind. He didn't have a speedloader for his .38.

So i was hoping to pick ya'lls brain, lot of experience in these boards. maybe get a different perspective on the matter. they say the .380 is a marginal round, how do you feel about it? the FBI wrote it off as insufficient, and in winter idk how it would perform. these days, they have really good pocket 9 MM options such as the Sig p365. it's still not a pocket pistol, like the .380 or .38 can be.

Do you trust the .380 with your life?
 

OneMoreEvan

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My Shield EZ in .380 was enough to scare off the crackhead in the alley when I was taking my trash to the dumpster. I didn't have to use it, but just the sight of it was enough to convince him he had better things to do. Carrying anything means you're ready for 99% of the situations you may encounter. I'm not a police officer and I'm not planning on going into any gunfights in my free time, so I'm okay with .380
 

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I figure its really not enough for general service, but it is better than .22, .25, .32- or anything else ive seen the fit into a 9 ounce pocket gun. If i can- i carry something bigger, but there are times you have to wear a tucked in shirt, etc- and .380 is better than nothing, for the times when i cant get away with something bigger.
 

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I carry pocket .380 all the time. Primarily for comfort and convenience. Especially wearing gym shorts in summer.

As previously said, I also consider it a “get off me” gun. As in last resort, I feel super threatened and the person is right on me…

Now if I’m running towards the sound of gunfire to be a hero… I’d absolutely want a bigger round and more capacity
 

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