Sunday, February 15, 2009

A new cartridge

Ready for yet another new handgun cartridge, as if one is needed? If not, look elsewhere, but if you have the guts, read on.

I've been toying with this idea for some time, and I'll be the first to admit it's all pure conjecture based solely on my very limited knowledge of ballistics, but since when has ignorance been a bar to pontification? If knowledge of what one is speaking about was required, the Internet would be a lot smaller.

Without further ado, here's the new round: the .380 Manstopper. It's a bottleneck cartridge made from the .45 GAP necked down to accept .380 bullets in the 80-90 grain range that scoot out of the barrel at (here's where my ballistic ignorance really starts to show) around 1500-1600 fps. With a Barnes 80-grain bullet and that velocity, I suspect it might be a good fight stopper. (Of course, I might be on another planet with this idea, but who knows?) The round could be chambered in a 9mm-framed gun and it probably would be relatively pleasant/easy to shoot. Sure, this round will probably over penetrate like crazy, but...

I'll be anxiously checking my e-mail for all of the manufacturer's interest this new idea is sure to generate. Yup, after this idea gets picked up it looks like it's Easy Street for me, what with all the royalties and stuff. Yee-haa!!!

Take care.

P.S. The photo above shows the .357 Sig cartridge, not the .380 Manstopper, since the .380 Manstopper exists only in my mind, but it would look somewhat similar.


theotherryan said...

Interesting. IMHO there are enough common pistol rounds to fill all but the weirdest need. Again IMHO .380, 9mm,.38sp/.357mag,.40s&w,.45acp and .44mag pretty much deal with whatever needs could arise.

Anonymous said...

For a good manstopper you need a good balance in weight, diameter and speed.

Your round is far too light. Would be a great armor piercer with hard bullets though.

I'd rather shoot a 200 grains .40 at 1100+ fps ... 10 mm auto anyone ?

DAL357 said...

Good points all. Yeah, I didn't really think this was a great idea anyway; I posted it more tongue-in-cheek than anything else. It really is far too light to be practicable, much like that 5.56 round the US military is saddled with.

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