380 auto or 380 acp ?

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by seanpcif, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. seanpcif

    seanpcif New Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    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

    Feb 20, 2003

    welcome seanpcif

  3. ACC

    ACC New Member

    Jan 31, 2004
    Nashua NH
    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.
    C&R ammo
  4. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    yup, Carl is steering ya right. 380 auto and 380 ACP are the same cartidge!
  5. 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

    Feb 29, 2004
    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*

    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.
  8. Woodman

    Woodman New Member

    Jan 11, 2004
    Da' Keystone State
    And on my Walther it says 9 mm kurz / .380 ACP

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