380 ACP round is cheaper and easier to handle and conceal, while the 9mm is more powerful overall. The rounds can both be used in revolvers and autoloaders, but are not interchangeable with one another. The . 380 ACP cartridge (also called a 9mm Browning) was introduced in 1908 by Colt as a self defense weapon.
Can you use .380 bullets in a 9mm?
No, 9mm rounds cannot safely be chambered or fired from a gun designed for . 380. The 9mm round will likely not fit into the chamber, and even if it did, it will produce forces that the . 380 firearm was never designed to withstand and could break the firearm or even cause it to fail catastrophically.
Can 9mm and 380 shoot the same gun?
The 9mm and 380, although they have the same diameter bullet, could not be used interchangeably. The 9mm shell would be too long to fit into the 380 clip and the 380 shell would also not fit properly in the 9mm clip because it is too short.
Are 380 and 9mm the same diameter?
9mm. 9mm and . 380 ACP cartridges — both popular choices for self-defense rounds — have the same diameter, but a 9mm round is longer.
Which is better a 380 or 9mm?
No doubt, due to its advantage in velocity and energy, the 9mm Luger is the clear winner in terminal performance. But for the same reasons, the . 380 wins in shootability, with one caveat. Because the 380 has 94 percent less recoil (if fired from an equal-weight gun), it’s easier to shoot.
Is a .38 the same as a 9mm?
38, . 357, . 380 auto and 9mm ammunition are all the same caliber. (Caliber is the size of the projectile, or bullet.)
What caliber is a 9mm equal to?
What Caliber is 9mm? 9mm bullets are . 380 caliber. Caliber refers to the diameter of the cartridge / internal diameter of the gun barrel bore.
Are 9mm and 38 special the same?
Standard pressure . 38 Special only produces 264 foot-pounds of force (147-grain bullet at 900 feet per second out of a 4-inch barrel), while standard pressure 9mm can produce 365 foot-pounds of force (124-grain bullet at 1,150 feet per second). This is 38.25% more energy at the muzzle in favor of the 9mm.