Re: .380 for Self Defense?
Contenderizer: I consider the .380 ACP to be one of three viable self defense cartridges, the .38 SP and the 9mmP being the other two. Bigger, more powerful cartridges are for service or hunting loads and usually found in service or hunting guns, or virtually unshootable sub-compacts.
When needed (shorts and t-shirt or deep concealed back-up) I will also accept the .32 ACP, but not on a regular basis.
Everybody forgot about the .380 with the advent of ultra-light 9mmP (Kel-Tec P-11 and Taurus PT111) and miniguns like the Kel-Tec P-32. Now, with both Ruger and Kel-Tec making ultra-light .380 ACPs that fall in both weight and power between the .32 ACP and 9mmP, the .380 ACP is again a viable self defense handgun. Loaded with frangible or hot JHPs it compares well with the .38 SP. Given a choice between the Kahr .380 and my compact SIG .357 for day to day concealed carry I'd probably opt for the Kahr. But then I havn't been shot at in almost 40 years and don't expect to be again. I'd just carry the .380 for company, and I like lightweight, concealable, comfortable company, particularly if it has the authority of over 200 ft lbs of energy. Old Timer