SinterFire has provided an excellent solution for this by creating a fully frangible, 75 grain projectile which is 100% lead free. This is an ideal solution for indoor ranges and clean facilities, where lead exposure is a legitimate concern. The frangible projectile fragments completely when contacting objects of more density than itself, rendering them fairly harmless.
If your firearms training program includes confined/indoor spaces, and you are concerned about lead exposure in said environment, then the SinterFire® 75 grain frangible is an excellent choice.
The .380 ACP cartridge is an old breed, harkening back 110 years. Designed by John Browning for Colt, it has traditionally been the caliber of choice for deep concealment semi-automatic pistols. Thanks to modern polymer technology, .380 ACP pocket pistols are enjoying a hayday, and the cartridge is quite possibly not just having an resurgence but may indeed be at the height of its popularity.
Falling somewhere in the realm of a .38 Special in terms of ballistics, the .380 ACP is certainly not quite the “9mm short” that is often coined. Rather, it is ideally suited for the type of tiny, blowback pistols it is usually chambered in, while providing considerably better stopping power than the ineffective .25 ACP or slightly better .32 ACP. There are reasons why these have largely been passed aside by the sands of time.
To fully appreciate the application of the diminutive .380 ACP pistols, it is best to practice in their most likely environment: close quarters, less than five feet away, and often indoors. But this puts observers and coaches at considerable risk with traditional training “ball” ammunition, which resists fragmentation the most of all types of projectiles and carries the farthest through structures.
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