It's great to be reading your insight this morning; I read through much of your posts and haven't found this covered by you. I understand your position on .380 is that it is underpowered to be a reliable self-defense weapon. I prefer 9mm, but do occasionally carry .380 due to size (and my LCP has always been reliable). I also have a .357 2", and have occasionally carried .38+P (Speer 135gn short barreled). This post turned out a bit longer than expected so my questions are italicized
I recently read an article titled "Ammunition for the Seff-Defense firearm"
. I agree with many of their points, and they seem meticulous in ammo differentiation; for example, even going as far as recommending Silvertip rounds as acceptable in some calibers, and recommending against it in others.
My question lies with their bold claim:
. The three or four best .380 JHP rounds have better stopping power than ANY bullet fired out of 2" barrel .38 Special snub-nose.
They were referencing Marshall&Sanow OSS numbers, which I don't have a strong opinion on other than it is interesting. I did some research into the energy and velocity of each, and I think their claim has some backing, with numbers at least.
Since the energy is about the same (.38 being slower, but heavier) out of a 2" snub, is there a reason you recommend .38+P but not .380?
My first thought of the comparison and why you may think this way, is the reliability and simplicity of a revolver; especially for inexperienced/new shooters. However, your main argument agaisnt .380 seems to be, that .380 is underpowered.
Do you also feel .38+P in a 2" snub is also underpowered, or does the heavier round have some advantage?
Personally, I am keeping an open mind and am not arguing against your statements and am not stating it is a contradiction, as energy isn't the only way to measure effectiveness; I only want to learn more. The real-life shooting data
(if accurate, another topic entirely) and other factors mentioned do persuade me, however, in the direction to agree with their statement.
I can imagine, for example for a woman new to shooting and wanting to carry something small but reliable, having a dilemma (or to the husband buying it for her, if 9mm or larger isn't considered). Especially with the new double-stack Bersa Thunder with a high capacity and reliable LCP , and the classic reliability of the snubnose with new lightweight models, the choice is indeed a close and difficult one.
Thank you for your time and insight.