Anonymous asked in SportsOutdoor RecreationHunting · 1 decade ago

tell me about .380 ammo and the letters after.?

What does the AP,ACP or +p mean after .380 on the ammo box. my new gun says not to use +p but is ap ok.

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    .380 ACP is the caliber where ACP stands for Automatic Colt Pistol.

    AP is Automatic Pistol which should be fine in the gun.

    +p is "hot loads" that should not be shot because of the higher pressure and increased chance of your gun becoming a hand grenade.

    Like I said, use AP and you will be fine.

    Source(s): Stay safe and shoot straight
  • 1 decade ago

    .380 ammo is a shorter and weaker version of the more common and standard 9mm ammo. Pistols using it can be smaller and more concealable because of this.

    ACP = Automatic Colt Pistol. Never saw AP before.

    +P stands for extra pressure. Essentially, the ammo is loaded a bit hotter to improve it's self-defense usefulness. Usually about 10% hotter / more powerful.

    Never heard of .380 being offered in +P, though I could be wrong.

  • AP= Automatic Pistol

    ACP= Automatic Colt Pistol

    +P = Increased power, Higher chamber pressures, "Hot Load"

    Ap should be fine.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The round is also known as 9x17 mm and 9mm Kurz as well as some other names

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