FAQ – Questions & AnswersCategory: Ammo FAQWhat is the difference between 380 ACP and 380 Auto?
Rocco asked 3 weeks ago
What is the difference between ACP and auto?

5 Answers
Olson Staff answered 3 weeks ago
There are a few key differences between 380 ACP and 380 Auto. The first is that 380 ACP is a rimless cartridge, while 380 Auto is a semi-rimmed cartridge. This means that the former has a slight edge in terms of magazine capacity and feeding reliability. Additionally, 380 ACP cartridges are generally shorter and therefore have less powder capacity than their 380 Auto counterparts. This can result in slightly reduced muzzle velocity and energy levels.
 
What is the difference between 380 ACP and 380 Auto?
 
In terms of ballistics, the two calibers are very similar. Both are capable of firing light bullets at relatively high velocities, making them effective for self-defense purposes. That said, the slightly higher capacity and reliability of the 380 ACP may give it a slight edge in terms of overall usefulness.
 

Lewis Staff answered 3 weeks ago

The 380 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) and 380 Auto are essentially the same cartridges. The 380 ACP was developed by John Browning in 1908 for Colt, and the 380 Auto was developed by FN Herstal in 1912. Both cartridges are low-powered, straight-walled handgun rounds suitable for self-defense.

The main difference between the two cartridges is that the 380 ACP is a rimless cartridge, while the 380 Auto is a semi-rimmed cartridge. This means that the380 ACP will cycle more reliably in pistols designed for it (such as most Glock handguns), while the380 Auto may be more likely to jam in pistols designed for the380 ACP (such as some Berettas).

In terms of ballistics, the two cartridges are very similar. The 380 ACP is slightly more powerful than the 380 Auto, but the difference is negligible. Both cartridges have a muzzle energy of around 200 ft-lbs and a muzzle velocity of around 950 fps.

So, which one is better? There is no clear answer. If you have a pistol designed for the 380 ACP, then that is probably the best cartridge to use. If you have a pistol designed for the 380 Auto, then that is probably the best cartridge to use. Ultimately, it comes down to what your gun is designed for and what ammunition is readily available to you.

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Jordan Staff answered 3 weeks ago
The main difference between 380 ACP and 380 Auto is that the 380 ACP cartridge is slightly shorter than the 380 auto cartridge.
The subtle difference in dimensions aside, these two rounds are completely interchangeable. Share the same caliber (literally meaning literary caliber or bore diameter), bullet weight, and muzzle energy. In other words, they will both fit in your gun and they will both shoot the same size bullets at roughly the same velocity.
 
What is the difference between 380 ACP and 380 Auto?

Cruz Staff answered 3 weeks ago
There is no difference between 380 ACP and 380 Auto. They are both pistol cartridges that fire the same diameter bullet. The only difference is that 380 ACP is an older designation for the cartridge while 380 Auto is the newer designation.

Ivan Staff answered 3 weeks ago
The major difference between 380 ACP and 380 Auto is that the former is a full-metal jacketed (FMJ) round, while the latter may or may not be. Thus, depends on the Ammo manufacturer. The ballistics for both are practically the same. both will have a muzzle velocity(MV) of around 950 ft/s and very similar energy numbers(EN). So, what does this mean? well, simply put the 380 ACP will have better penetration because it’s FMJ but the actual damage each bullet will do to tissue is largely dependent on bullet design rather than caliber in this range. Also, remember insurance companies were gambling with averages when they picked .380 as their limit so don’t think that just because it’s below .38 is a weak round.