.380 ACP Ammunition

 

Those familiar with the name John Moses Browning are also very likely familiar with his work, which includes the design and development of the M1911 pistol, the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle and the M2 Browning machine gun. In addition to a multitude of firearms, however, Browning was also responsible for the design and development of several firearm cartridges. Among his most popular designs are the .45 ACP cartridge and the monstrous .50 BMG cartridge. Today, we will examine the history of one of Browning's most celebrated designs, the .380 ACP cartridge.

 

Designed for early blowback pistols that lacked barrel locking mechanisms, the .380 ACP cartridge was, as noted, developed by famed arms designer John Browning. The rimless pistol cartridge was originally introduced in 1908 by Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company, and was met with almost instant critical success, going on to serve as a popular choice for personal defense. Because the cartridge exhibits weak bolt thrust when fired, the recoil spring alongside the mass of the slide serves to buffer the recoil energy characteristic of the cartridge, making a barrel locking mechanism unnecessary. This also serves to simplify the manufacture of pistols chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge, bringing down production costs and adding to the success of the cartridge.

 

As noted, the .380 ACP cartridge has achieved a great deal of success since its introduction over 100 years ago, due in part to its accuracy, low recoil and moderate stopping power. In addition to serving as a personal defense cartridge for those who prefer to carry small, lightweight firearms, the cartridge also saw considerable military service. During World War II, it was used by the Germans in their Walther PPK as well as the Italians in their Beretta M1934. It has since been removed from service in most areas due to its low stopping power as compared to other modern pistol cartridges, but remains wildly popular on the commercial market.

 

We here at Keepshooting.com understand the demand for .380 ACP ammunition and have decided to offer a number of affordable options for those who prefer the cartridge to other personal defense rounds. After all, what kind of retailer would we be without offering a wide variety of the world's most popular pistol cartridges? As the .380 ACP cartridge is a popular personal defense cartridge, it only makes sense to carry Winchester S380PDB .380 ACP. Each box is packed with 20 rounds of 95 gr PDX1 Defender ammunition. Those looking for practice ammunition, and a more affordable option, may want to consider our Estate .380 ACP ammunition. And as always, our product lineup is changing constantly, so check back frequently if you do not see something that catches your eye.

 
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