(from Jan 2015)
Thirty-fifth in a series of a quest to find the overall best ammunition for modern micro-compact 380 ACP pistols (such as the Taurus TCP 738, the Ruger LCP, Sig P238, Beretta Pico, Kel-Tec P3AT or S&W Bodyguard or any other popular 380 micro-pistol using a barrel length of around 2.8").
This is yet another "bonus" episode. While I have already published the "Final" video summary of the quest, this new round makes it worth re-opening the quest. I am testing the DoubleTap 95-grain Controlled Expansion jacketed hollowpoint ammunition in .380 ACP (DoubleTap product link: http://www.doubletapammo.net/index.php?route=product/product&path=303_340&product_id=576)
This ammo uses a new bullet design which, if I'm not mistaken, is a DoubleTap original design. And the performance in bare gel was simply outstanding, with complete expansion and an average penetration depth of nearly sixteen inches(!) This makes it the highest-scoring .380 round on the MacPherson Wound Trauma Indicator, at least in bare gel.
In denim, the results were not as promising. I ended up with six shots in the block. Of the two that expanded, they both shed their jackets so only the core penetrated deeply. Of the four that didn't expand, two were plugged with denim. One of the four that didn't expand was an ideal penetrator, the other three were overpenetrators. However, the wound tracks left by the bullets were comparatively rather huge, showing evidence that at least some of the bullets commenced tumbling, aggravating the amount of damage done.
All in all, there was no under-penetration, the bare gel performance was scintillating, and the denim performance was no worse than an FMJ, so overall I think it's a pretty good round. Beware the recoil though, as it's quite stout for a .380.