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What is the effective range of a 380 pistol?

Last Updated: 13th May, 2021

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For a . 380 ACP backup gun, that'scontactrange—and you'll probably be on your back orhave ahand occupied with grappling. But for a . 380 ACP intherole of an everyday carry pistol that means the standard7to 10 yards you already train for withlargerpistols.

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Likewise, people ask, how far does a 380 pistol bullet travel?

Therefore, it is not designed for long-range shooting.Inoptimal conditions when fired from a 30-degree angle and withamuzzle velocity of 955 FPS the bullet can travelupto 50 yards. Thus, if you want to know how far will a 380bullettravel, fire in optimal conditions.

Furthermore, is a 380 powerful enough for self defense? As might be expected, larger-diameter bulletsproducemore devastating wound cavities and have a greaterlikelihood ofstriking vital organs. While any gun is better than nogun at all,it is the author's contention pistols chambered in.380 ACPare best served as backup guns and notprimaryself-defense handguns.

Beside this, can a 380 stop an attacker?

A .380 Auto Can't StopAnAttacker Never mind "stopping power;" some peoplebelievethat sufficient trauma can't be done by a .380autoto stop an attacker. Hogwash. However, ammunitionselectionis important if carrying .380.

Is a 380 too small for self defense?

While these small caliber handgun bulletscanproduce fatal wounds, they are less likely to produce therapidincapacitation necessary in law enforcementorself-defense situations. Handguns chamberedin.380 ACP are small, compact, and generally easytocarry.

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Why is .380 ammo so expensive?

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How far can a 50 cal bullet travel?

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What does ACP stand for?

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What is the best grain bullet for a 380?

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Does a 380 have more recoil than a 9mm?

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What does 380 ACP stand for?

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Can you use .380 ammo in a 9mm gun?

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Should I carry a 380 or 9mm?

The 380 can produce some small, convenientpocketpistols. Take one look at the Ruger LCP or S&W Bodyguardandyou'll understand why they are so popular forconcealedcarry. The 9mm, on the other hand, is a 9 x19mmround that is significantly more powerful. However, a pistolin9mm will never be as small as a 380ACP.

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