I recently completed my NRA CPL training course in preparation for getting my CCW.
My original intent was to use my Ruger LCR .38 as my primary carry weapon.
However, my instructor had a Ruger LCP 380 semi-auto. I originally had considered the .380 ACP to be too light a load for self defense. However, I really liked the very small form factor and light weight. I really can’t stand having big bulky things in my pocket (my planned carry method) so I was intrigued by the little Ruger LCP 380.
I did a little research and came across this interesting article on handgun stopping power.
The author did his own study based on police shooting reports. He comes to a rather surprising conclusion.
The results I got from the study lead me to believe that there really isn’t that much difference between most defensive handgun rounds and calibers. None is a death ray, but most work adequately…even the lowly .22s. I’ve stopped worrying about trying to find the “ultimate” bullet. There isn’t one. And I’ve stopped feeling the need to strap on my .45 every time I leave the house out of fear that my 9mm doesn’t have enough “stopping power.” Folks, carry what you want. Caliber really isn’t all that important.
My gun-goon friend expressed concern about the reliability of the smaller semiautomatics, but conceded that as John Lott in “More Guns, Less Crime” concludes that about 96% of gun related self defense situations result in no shot being fired, it seems to me that the most important criteria is to have a pistol you will be more likely to carry.
I know there are lots of Revoistas out there who can provide great feedback on this topic.