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Despite the technology that manufacturers possess to scale down 9mm and .45 ACP semi-autos for pocket-pistol carry, the .380 ACP is still king of the little guns when it comes to CCW use. The .380 ACP (9x17mm) cartridge is more than a century old, developed by John M. Browning at the same time as the Colt Model 1908 Pocket Pistol (a fairly large .380 by today’s standards). Today’s ultra-compact .380s, essentially any semi-auto smaller than a Walther PPK, have only been around for about 25 years, starting with the original Colt Mustang Pocketlite developed in the late 1980s…

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