Handgun Cartridge Detail

Cartridge Specifications for Caliber: .380 Auto
.380 Automatic (9mm Browning Short)
.380 Automatic
Case Type: Rimless, straight
Introduced: 1912 Made For:Semi-Auto
Cart Len:0.984-in Case Len:0.680-in
Case Dia:0.374-in Bul Dia:0.357-in
Ballistics measured with:
3.75-inch pistol barrel
Cartridge Variants
From:70 gr1170 ft/sec213 ft-lbs
To102 gr950 ft/sec205 ft-lbs
Cartridge Used in Database
90 gr1000 ft/sec200 ft-lbs
Rankings for
Cartridge Used in Database
PF: 90000 TKO: 4.584

Designed by John Browning and introduced by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium, this cartridge has achieved world-wide acceptance and has even been adopted as the standard pistol cartridge by several governments. One reason for the round's success is that it is the largest practical cartridge that can be easily adapted to small automatic pocket pistols. Ballistics fall far short of even the 9mm Luger, but still prove adequate for most self-defense situations. The round has established quite a niche position in this role, often being chosen over more traditional small calibers such as the .25 and .32 Autos.