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  1. #11
    The .380 (9mm kurtz) is a respectable caliber especially with a good controlled expansion round. I switched to the .380 as my primary concealed carry a few years ago. If you compare ballistic tables between the 9mm and the .380 you really don't loose much in the energy (ft lbs), but it can be confusing when the bullet weights don't really translate grain for grain. It's also very easily controlled and can you double or triple tap to make certain that the offender is neutralized and the threat is removed.

  3. #12
    Nice post.. If I may ask, what area were you hunting in??

    Gulf Coast, Floriduh
    Sccy is the limit

  4. #13
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    Apr 2010
    South Central N.Car.
    380s are service pistols for many police depts and some military units of the world. I "parked" the 45s for a Sig 232 in 380. I call it my "mini 45". The round travels slowly (below 900 fps) and IMO dumps more energy into the target than the faster 9mm. Just loaded a few boxes with XTPs. Those should last me a long time. For plinking/practice I use FMJs.

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    St. Petersburg, Florida
    Quote Originally Posted by HootmonSccy View Post
    Nice post.. If I may ask, what area were you hunting in??
    I'm hunting the Morman's ranch in Melbourne,Fl. We have 4800 acres on our lease.

  6. #15
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    Jan 2011
    Tallahassee Florida
    Wow ................ outstanding anecdotal evidence that the .380 PDX is good for administering the coup de gras on terminally injured pigs. As to being an effective self defense round it lacks adequate penetration to reliably get to he vitals on a human being.

    380s are service pistols for many police depts and some military units of the world.
    I'd really like to see the list.

    "It's easier to avoid conflict than it is to survive it" - SGB

  7. #16
    Remember little David and the rock sling shot??? IMHO since most conflicts happen at close range any weapon is a good weapon. I love to hear big bore hunters who will only carry a magnum or cannon for protection.

  8. #17
    grayryder Guest

    Thumbs up Ccw 380

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Hamberger View Post
    I agree 100% FN1910 - My Father had a little topbreak Iver-Johnson 9-shot .22 wheelie that he used to kill our Hogs with. He would pop them right behind the ear and down they went! I later inherited the Iver-Johnson, but lost it in the 4/1/79 Tornado that hit Wichita Falls, Tx.
    My primary CC is a Bersa Thunder 380. I used this weapon for my some 150 hours of NRA self and home defense training . I was on the line and in qualification firing with some the top of the line handguns on the market today. My Bersa held it's own in every event. I experienced no muzzle jump with blow-back operation of the Bersa. The shot placement was as I intended it to be. However, there was a noticable a difference in using 380 ball ammunition, in the training classes, than that of Hornady Critical Defense JHP in follow-up practice monthly occasins in personal defense practice. The Bersa seemed to like the ball ammunition better than the Hornady JHP. Although, I did not experience any malifunctions or stove pipe causes with either of the different grades of ammunition. The less expensive ball ammunition appeared, to me, as having a a very noticable difference in the firing of such.

    To me, the 380 is the perfect caliber for CCW. There is very little possibility of experiencing collaterial damage in a through penetration of the flesh, wallboard material and/or a ricochet of the Hornady JHP Critical defense ammunition. The Bersa is perfect for CCW and very simple to disassemble for cleaning maintence. The weight is hardly noticeable and concealment of such is not at all noticeable in carring with a high riding paddle holster.

  9. I love my bersa .380. I like to say its a 9mm with a 45 punch. The 95 grn hp's works good for me.

  10. #19
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    Washington, DC
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    .380 ACP ammo

    Although I haven't yet test fired any of it, Hornaday's relatively new Critical Defense loads have gotten rave reviews in everything I've read so far. These loads come in .380 ACP, .38 Special, .38 Special +P, 9 mm Lugar, as well as .357 Mag., .40 S&W, .45 ACP and 12 ga. Buckshot. Not too many dealers carry this ammo in all calibers but I intend to give the .380, .38 Sp.+P and 9mm a test firing into wet phone books at an early date.


  11. #20
    People get all hung up in paper stats and ballistics gel performance when talking about bullets. Gel is not the same as flesh, bone, organs, blood, movement and pain. There is no such thing as a guaranteed one stop shot and kill (see Rep. Giffords who took a 9mm to the brain). A .380 is a very effective round and the offer is still open that anyone who think that it isn't I am sure we can arrange for a demonstration on you.

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