Frangible Ammo

380 Auto Ammo in ballistic gel

We shot 17 different self-defense loads of 380 Auto ammo into ballistic gel

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Frangible 380 ammunition is an interesting concept as these rounds are designed to expand rapidly on contact and actually breaks apart. This limits penetration in most cases, but modern technology has made it possible for the frangible ammo to both penetrate and break apart. Frangible ammunition allows the diminutive 380 acp to be a real fight stopper and is ideal for use in close-quarters combat situations or training where the threat of ricochet is especially high.

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380 Auto Ballistic Gel Test Results
Ammo 5-shot average penetration depth 5-shot average diameter 5-shot average velocity
20rds - 380 Auto Barnes TAC-XPD 80gr. TAC-XP HP Ammo
  8.12"
0.55" 885
20rds - 380 Auto Black Hills 90gr. Jacketed Hollow Point Ammo 500rds - 380 Auto Black Hills 90gr. Jacketed Hollow Point Ammo
  15.84"
0.37" 876
20rds - .380 Auto Federal Hydra-Shok 90gr. HP Ammo
  14.88"
0.35" 875
20 Rounds – 380 Auto Federal Personal Defense 99 Grain HST JHP Ammo
  12.26"
0.59" 956
25rds – 380 Auto Hornady American Gunner 90gr. XTP Ammo
  16.3"
0.35" 884
25rds - .380 Auto Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Hollow Point Ammo 250rds - .380 Auto Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Hollow Point Ammo
  12.9"
0.42" 897
20rds - .380 Auto MAGTECH 77gr. First Defense Solid Copper HP Ammo
  13.22"
0.35" 995
20rds - .380 Auto Magtech Guardian Gold 85gr. +P HP Ammo
  12.4"
0.47" 954
25rds - 380 Auto Remington Golden Saber 102gr. HP Ammo 500rds – Remington Golden Saber 102gr. JHP Ammo
  16.1"
0.37" 871
Remington HTP 380 Auto 88 Grain JHP - 500 Rounds 50rds - 380 Auto Remington HTP 88gr. JHP Ammo
  17.02"
0.35" 902
20rds - 380 Auto Remington Ultimate Defense 102gr. BJHP Ammo
  17.4"
0.35" 896
20rds - .380 Auto Speer Gold Dot 90gr. HP Ammo
  11.58"
0.39" 831
50rds - .380 Auto Winchester Super-X 85gr. Silver Tip Hollow Point Ammo
  12.6"
0.36" 879
20rds - .380 Auto Winchester Supreme Elite 95gr. Bonded PDX Ammo
  9.56"
0.62" 844
20rds - 380 Auto Winchester W Train and Defend 95gr. JHP Ammo 200rds - 380 Auto Winchester W Train and Defend 95gr. JHP Ammo
  9.04"
0.6" 835
50rds - 380 Auto Speer LE Gold Dot 90gr. HP Ammo 1000rds - 380 Auto Speer Gold Dot 90gr. Hollow Point Ammo
  11.24"
0.44" 891
50rds - .380 Auto Winchester Ranger Talon 95gr. HP Ammo 500rds - .380 Auto Winchester Ranger Talon 95gr. HP Ammo
  16.18"
0.35" 907