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Question by ARhunter. Uploaded on February 13, 2010
I can't give you a cost comparison, but the .380 Auto (9mm Kurz) is the smallest autoloader I would recommend, and that's primarily due to today's bullet technology. I carried a Walther PPK/S for a while. Excellent concealability, and a very good choice for the street. I'd like to find another for my daughter.
I used an old Walther PP in .32 Cal. for almost 30 years, never failed me once, .32 is much more availabe right now and cheaper, Personal Protection rounds in .32 are a pretty hot load and JHP's so they should do the job for you.
The .380 Auto is more in demand for personal protection, so you will probably find that any particular model auto pistol that is available in both calibers will be less expensive in .32 Auto on the used gun market. As Moishe pointed out, modern ammunition for personal protection has improved dramatically in recent years, so the .32 Auto is no longer in the 'mousegun" category.
Having said that, the .380 Auto is still superior ballistically. If you have to choose between two pistols that are the same price, go with the .380.
Although 380 ammo is harder to get right now a 380 is the smallest caliber I would carry for personal defense. I personally would probably get a small frame 9mm for a personal defense weapon. For carry ammo I like to carry federal Hydrashok.
380 acp is more expensive but balistically superior to the 32 acp. I have had much expierience with the cartridge in the Sig P232, the Kel-tec P3AT, the Kahr P380 and soon the Sig P238 and think it is an excellent cartridge within its role and boundaries.
I've owned both. Beretta Model 1932. Both functioned flawlessly and easily fit into my pocket. But I never had to shoot anybody. They're not stoppers anyway. You might as well tote a High-Standard .22. That's what the pros do. None of these are a choice for hunting. The .357 is a 97% stopper. Statistics indicate that someone hit in a vital area will not go another 10 feet. Bond derringer.
i have a colt .32 and it's about 16$ for box of 50. i'd take it over a .380 any day
I Would trust a .32 Hydroshock , anywhere in the torso they will go down.
Neither are man-stoppers, but both are very deadly on homo sapiens. A double tap from a .32 ACP hollow point or Hydroschock or similar will dispatch an opponent. A bigger faster bullet is usually "better", but not necessarily required.
I would rather have a sister in a house of ill repute than a brother using either...But to answer the question the .380 (Mr Palumbo great not many folks know the 9mm kurz) if you have to use it then you had better keep firing until the target changes form. The lowest in SD caliber I, and many others, would recommend is the 9mm. With the compact pistols out today they make some pretty small 9mm. With the smaller pistols you also have to take the shorter barrel length and the impact that has on velocity of the round into consideration. Also think about a .38 not bad either
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