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“No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
- Thomas Jefferson, of Virginia, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776
Developed by firearms designer John M. Browning, the .380 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) (also referred to as the "9 mm Short", "9 mm Browning", "9 mm Kurz", "9 mm Corto" or "9x17mm") pistol cartridge consists of a rimless, straight-walled pistol cartridge. Colt introduced the .380 ACP in 1908 and has enjoyed popularity as a self-defense cartridge since that time.
Browning and Colt intended the .380 ACP cartridge for early blowback pistols, which lacked a barrel locking mechanism. The locking mechanism found on most other pistols is not necessary for the .380 ACP’s low breech pressure. The guide spring offers enough of a buffer for the slide. This design simplifies manufacture of pistols chambered for such a round and generally lowers costs. The design additionally permits the barrel to be permanently fixed to the frame during firing, which promotes accuracy. The .380 ACP cartridge is ballistically similar to the slightly hotter 9x18mm Makarov service pistol cartridge developed in the Soviet Union.
The .380 ACP offers a compact, lightweight package but the .380’s lacks range and stopping power. However, the .380 ACP remains a popular self-defense cartridge for shooters who want a lightweight pistol with manageable recoil. The .380 ACP produces slightly less power than a standard-pressure .38 Special and uses 9 mm(.355 in) bullets.
Designer John Browning
Case type Rimless, straight
Bullet weight/type Velocity(MV) Energy(ME)
Test barrel length: 3.75
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I recently ordered a couple of new guns from my local gun shop. It may be a while until they come in, from what I am told. I ordered a 3 inch Ruger SP101 in the new .327 Federal Magnum caliber and a Ruger Hawkeye African in the .375 Ruger caliber. The seller tells me that the SP 101 in that make up is just now trickling out of the factory and that distributers are having a hard time stocking them for retailers, so I may be waiting a while...click for more.