Would love to see a ballistics comparision between the Ruger LC9 MM and the Rugar LC380 ACP. If anybody knows where I can get this information please give me shout out.
I've watched a lot of ballistic test on 380ACP and believe it's the best self defense pistol round made. Low recoil keeps you on target and you don't want over penetration which might kill the person standing behind your target. We all love high powered rounds but, the 380ACP was built for a specific purpose and John Browning was no dummy.
Do you believe that the change in the design of the Lehigh defense bullets such as the extreme penetrator or extememe defender would change there effectiveness?A Underwood .380 Extreme Penetrator is a 90gr bullet at 1100 fps, which generates a momentum of 14 …. no where near as powerful as a 9mm Para. BTW, the experts say a handgun needs a momentum of 20 to 30 to be effective for self defense. A 9mm Para barely squeaks in …. a 380 doesn't come close. That said, I still wouldn't want to get shot by a 380 Auto.
BTW, there's no such thing as a +P in 380 Auto …. the max SAMMI pressure limit is 19,500 psi. Ammo manufactures that claim their ammo is +P rated are either exaggerating or pressure is over established standards.
I had also heard a 3rd reason - That since 9mm's and 40's generally share same frame sizes, the lesser kick of a 9mm reduces the battering, thus enabling 9's to hold up better over time (less $$). And btw - I'm aware of the .380 +P thing (no standard), so I use non +P in my LCPII but use the +P version in my old stainless steel AMT Backup. I don't shoot +P all the time, but it's what I carry. The small pocket guns are not generally shot a lot, as they are bought for one reason - defense.The FBI went back to 9mm handguns for a couple reasons. Special Agents are not always the Mr Macho you see on TV, rather many are people with a smaller stature. As such, 40 S&Ws were a bit too snappy (recoil) for some agents. Capacity is another reason where most 40 S&Ws only hold 10 rounds whereas 9mm pistols hold considerably more. Finally, the intent of a gun for law enforcement is to "stop the attack" not to kill or permanently disable the bad guy. 9mms are a great for wounding the bad guy, which is the exact reason why the US military and NATO adopted the 9mm Para.