I am working on the review of the brand new carbine from Hi-Point in .380 Automatic. I have been trying to wrap my head around the reasoning behind a .380 Auto carbine when they already make a carbine in 9mm Luger. After the first trip to the range I am starting to understand the premise so I thought it was a good idea to do a ballistic test using popular defensive ammunition and compare that to a small .380 Auto handgun as well as the 9mm Luger carbine.
Suffice it to say there is a great reduction in recoil when going from the 9mm Luger to the .380 Auto in the carbine. There will be more details on the merits of the new .380 Auto carbine in the review but for now we will concentrate on the ballistic test.
The above chart is a direct comparison from the .380 Auto Diamondback handgun with a 2.8″ barrel vs the Hi-Point carbine with a 16.5″ barrel.
If you are curious how the .380 carbine stacks up against the 9mm Luger carbine, follow this link to see that ballistic test. As for the .45 Automatic pistol vs carbine ballistic test can be found here
Here are the recovered bullets on top of their respected boxes. The Hornady Critical Defense are on the far left of the American Gunner box. The top bullet was shot into bare gel and the bottom bullet into three layers of denim like cloth. Left bullets were shot from the carbine and right from the pistol. More photos on the .380 bullets recovered that were shot from the Diamondback can be found here. I apologize for the large number of links but I am trying to provide you with plenty of information on these ballistic tests.
If you have a .380 Auto pistol and have a collection of self defense ammunition the Hi-Point carbine really adds performance to the same round, adding a longer sight radius, and the ability to add accessories. The carbine had no trouble feeding any of these rounds throughout ballistic and accuracy testing and even added some validity to under performing .380 defensive ammunition from the test pistol. So I am optimistic on this new carbine but we will see when I really put the screws to it and see how it holds up.