Thursday, March 5, 2015

.380 ACP In The News

There have been a few interesting new developments in the .380 field that came out at the Shot Show.  Ruger has dolled up the little LCP pocket pistol.  I think it is still selling like hotcakes, but you have to stir things up to keep market share. Hi-Point announced that their carbine will now be chambered in .380 ACP, in addition to 9 mm, .40 S & W, and .45 ACP.  Lots of people are questioning the reasoning, but there are a lot of .380 handgun owners out there, and this will make the Hi-Point Carbine a natural companion, and house gun for those who rely on .380.  The result that I think will be seen is that the long barrel of the carbine will make the .380 function as a low noise round.  That will be a benefit to those who may have to use it in a home defense situation.  It will be about as powerful as a 9 mm pistol with those extra inches on the barrel.

Browning came out with an undersized version of the 1911 in .22 Long Rifle a few years ago, and it has been very popular.  They have now started building one in .380, and it is the same size as the .22 version.  It functions the same as a full size 1911.  It has a steel slide and a polymer and aluminum frame.  Jeff Quinn of provides a good look at it in this video.

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