Common questions

Are 9mm and 38 caliber the same?

Are 9mm and 38 caliber the same?

380 auto and 9mm ammunition are all the same caliber. (Caliber is the size of the projectile, or bullet.) The different names are for marketing reasons or because of where the cartridge was developed. 38 is 0.38 of an inch; Europe uses the metric system, so 9mm.

Is a .38 good for self-defense?

38 Special are that it’s effective in a self-defense capacity in service-size pistols. It doesn’t produce excessive recoil, so most shooters can accurately shoot it. That made it very popular with police departments and civilians.

What do Navy SEALs carry for pistols?

While the Sig Sauer P226 is used by many militaries and agencies worldwide, one of the most famous users of the pistol is the U.S. Navy SEALs, which used the P226 up until they switched to the Glock 19 around 2015.

Which is more powerful 38 or 9mm?

In general the 9mm is a more powerful round than the .38 Spl when it comes to commercial ammo. But there are some loads for the 38 Spl. which are more powerful than some loads for the 9mm. The commercial standard load for the .38 Spl has a 158 gr. bullet going between 750-800 fps from a 4″ barrel.

What is the best handgun caliber for self defense?

.38 Special is the best caliber for self defense handgun when recoil is the primary concern. The standard form offers relatively low velocities with a moderately heavy bullet, which offers adequate but unexceptional stopping power.

What type of ammo does a 38 Special Use?

Tracer cartridges in .38 Special caliber of different colors were issued, generally as part of a standard aircrew survival vest kit. A request for more powerful .38 Special ammunition for use by Air Police and security personnel resulted in the Caliber .38 Special, Ball, PGU-12/B High Velocity cartridge.

Can a 38 Special shoot a 9mm?

If your question concerns safety, then the answer is “yes” it’s safe to shoot 9mm bullets in a .38 Special case. Ruger used to make a combination gun with two cylinders, one for .38/.357, and one for 9mm Luger .

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