380 auto or 380 acp ?

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  1. seanpcif

    seanpcif New Member

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    I have a bersa thunder 380 that calls for 380 acp ammo.

    Can I use 380 auto instead?

    Whats the difference between the two.

    thanks for any help
  2. gpostal

    gpostal Former Guest

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    welcome seanpcif
  3. ACC

    ACC New Member

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    acp is a term used for "automatic colt pistol" when the colt pistol was first put into use by the us military.At that time they had 45 revolvers, but had a rimmed case,so they had to identify one from the other,hence ACP. Gpostal is right,you can use either.
    Welcome aboard,you'll have fun here.
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  4. inplanotx

    inplanotx New Member

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    yup, Carl is steering ya right. 380 auto and 380 ACP are the same cartidge!
  5. Smokin Guns

    Smokin Guns New Member

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    Welcome to TFF seanpcif, Load that pup up with either...If ya want to shoot it at some paper targets, let me know...I'll try ta outshoot ya with this one...;)
  6. seanpcif

    seanpcif New Member

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    many thanks for your input

    the auto is more readily accessible, but I wanted to be sure before I purchased

    thank you
  7. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Hi Sean......welcome to TFF.

    Yep..... .380 Auto and .380 ACP are the same cartridge. In Europe it's also known as 9mm Kurtz and 9mm Corto.
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    And 9mm Scurt.
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    And on my Walther it says 9 mm kurz / .380 ACP

    J.
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