This Just In…

Diamondback is offering .32 NAA conversion barrels for their DB380. I have one on the way and will let you know how it works out.

I’ve tested this cartridge before in a NAA handgun and it is a screamer. Penetration is a bit less than most .380 ACP loads but tissue damage is intensified.


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Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to This Just In…

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  2. Rivrdog says:

    For the life of me, I can’t figure out why more compact 380 manufacturers don’t offer the .32NAA as a caliber. Imagine it in a hi-cap double stacker! It’s effectiveness is closer to the 9mm than the 380, and out of a 4″ barrel, it would scream along at 1350 fps at least, maybe 1400. @ 1400, that’s 261 #/ft ME from that little JHP, or almost 30% more than 95-gr ball in 380 out of the same length barrel. The other offering in .32NAA, 72-gr ball, would probably give a similar number as it’s somewhat slower, but it would have better penetration.

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