What is the effective range of a 380 pistol?
For a .
380 ACP backup gun, that’s contact range—and you’ll probably be on your back or have a hand occupied with grappling.
But for a .
380 ACP in the role of an everyday carry pistol that means the standard 7 to 10 yards you already train for with larger pistols.
Can a 380 stop an attacker?
380 Ammo Stopping PowerHowever, the force of impact doesn’t actually stop your attacker. It’s a psychological shock or damage to vital areas that stops your attacker.
Is a 380 powerful enough for self defense?
Handguns chambered in . 380 ACP are small, compact, and generally easy to carry. Unfortunately, testing has shown that they offer inadequate performance for self-defense and for law enforcement use whether on duty as a back-up weapon or for off duty carry. The terminal performance of .
Should I carry a 380 or 9mm?
380 both have the same diameter bullet, but the 9mm casing and overall length is longer. The . 380 has less recoil so is popular with concealable handguns while the 9mm is more powerful and has more recoil. Both can be great defensive calibers if ammo is properly chosen.