9mm vs. .380ACP: A Comparison

Headstamp-to-Headstamp is our series aimed at helping you grok everything ammo.

One of the more important choices you’ll need to make when it comes to a concealed carry firearm is the caliber of your pistol. 9mm is the standard for service pistols but it certainly isn’t the only round in town.

The .380ACP – often considered “the other 9mm round” – has been common in pocket pistols and small carry guns for nearly a century. It’s also the primary competition to the venerable 9mm when it comes to CCW pistols, so we’ve set out to answer a common question: why choose a .380?

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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