Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by BETH, Jan 12, 2010.
9mm is another word for .380 ammo?
Nope. They are similar, but the .380 is shorter and they cannot be interchanged between guns of the two calibers. The .380 is also known as 9mm Kurz, or 9mm short.
i must have read the article wrong then thought it said 9mm another work for .380
It's one of those weird caliber things, the 9mm Kurz throws people off.
.380 IS technically a 9mm. But it's 9mm x 17mm. Slightly shorter than a conventional 9mm.
There is the .380 (9mmx17mm aka 9mm short), there is the 9mmx18mm Makarov. 9mm Luger. And then there's the 9mmx19mm Parabellum. I believe there is also a 9mmx23mm. There's all different kinds of 9mm loads, I don't know them all. The ones I mentioned are pretty common ones. I think the Luger and Parabellum are interchangeable - someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
But .380 is technically 9mm, but has a shorter casing than your conventional 9x19 that cops carry.
If you had like a revolver that took like 9x19, yeah I think any of the 9mm loads would work in it so long as the casing was 19mm or shorter, just like a .357 Magnum revolver can shoot .38 Special. But with a semi-automatic, it's different because you need a certain kind of cartridge, with so much power to make all the action and everything work. And the casing has to be the right size for it to eject and feed and all that.
i will have to look for a comparison chart have not been in this gun thing long enough and i guess i don't have enough guns to see the difference-thanks pinecone
9mm Luger and 9mm Parabellum are the same thing, they are both 9x19mm.
So much to learn
I think we're all learning about this stuff constantly, Beth.
i guess but u people know a lot lot lot more than i do, its a learning experience
Beat me to it...
Beth, there IS a lot to learn, and all of us are doing so every day. Just as a black belt continues to learn what was hidden aspects of his art, we are all learning heretofore hidden aspects of our hobby. No one knows all, or will ever know all, and that is one of the greatest aspects of our hobby.
This forum is one of the best places to ask ANY question, because everyone here has learned that there is always something else to learn.
Ask; learn; enjoy.
Once again, Pincone shows her savvy.
I actually learned the difference between .380 and 9mm Luger on here after I joined
Thanks, Bob. Made me blush!
Beth, the 9mm and the .380 both throw a .355 diameter slug, so technically as Pinecone says, they are the same. The .380's use a lighter slug usually in the 80 to 100 grain weight range. 9mm's usually are loaded with 115 to 147 grain bullets.
PS: 9mm's and .380 casings have different bases and are not interchangable between firearms.
.380 also know as the .380 Browning
Did a quick search for .380, found at least 20 names for it! American nomenclature is standardized, foreign (europe and world) not so!
Thanks everyone for your words of wisdom
I have been doi ng this for almost 60 years and I am still learning
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