Can the 380 Really be a “Super Stopper?
Russ Chastain 05.10.17
I recently received a press release claiming that a new round with a nasty-looking copper bullet “turns the 380 ACP into Major Fight Stopper.”
Naturally, I have my doubts.
G2’s Civic Duty line of ammo includes 380 ACP, 9mm Luger, and 45 ACP; it’s the company’s claims for the 380 ammo that caught my eye, especially when they said their ammo “turns the 380 ACP into a serious fight stopper.”
G2 Research’s new high-efficiency 380 ACP Civic Duty self-defense round changes the game. The pure copper, 69-grain, light weight low recoil, specialized CNC-machined bullet moves at 1,250 FPS, then on impact instantly expands into six (6) big flesh-cutting copper petals almost one (1) inch in diameter — transforming the 380 into a truly fast fight stopper.
Hmmmm. 69 grains ain’t much bullet…
The 380 is seen by many as the red-headed stepchild of the full power 9mm, even though, at self-defense ranges, the 380 performs comparably to the 9mm. Generally, the 380’s lighter bullet and 100-250 fps velocity drop (depending on the loads) has been the major stumbling point for many. Well, not anymore!
Well, I suppose I differ from the crowd in that I personally consider the 9mm Luger a bit underpowered, and can’t imagine relying on a 380, aka 9mm kurz (kurz = short), for self-defense. But if you have a 380 and need to stoke it with mean ammo, this new round might be for you.
The all-new Civic Duty 380 ACP round creates 9mm stopping power in a smaller, lower-recoil package, with the added benefit that its design:
– reduces the possibility of through and through shots that can harm bystanders;
– increases the chance that all the bullet energy stays inside the target; and
– lower recoil allows for faster, more accurate followup shots (if necessary!)
These bullets look nasty, and the description makes them sound even meaner:
The sharp, flesh-cutting bullet petals cause more impact pain and create large temporary and permanent wound channels, all of which adds to its fight-stopping capabilities.
- Caliber: 380 ACP
- Bullet weight: 69 grains
- Velocity: 1,250 fps
- MSRP: $40.99 box of 20
They’d better be good at more than $2 per round! But no matter what you think of the 380, I sure as heck don’t want to be hit by one of these.
What do you think? 69-grain man-stopper, or gimmick?