During the past year, many have noticed just how hard it has been to acquire quality ammunition in certain calibers. The most difficult happens to be the .380 ACP. So when times like these arise, you can’t afford to be as picky and in some cases, may even settle for lower quality ammo. But what you may consider low quality may be quite the opposite to a number of other gun enthusiasts. One brand of ammo that falls into this category is Aguila. There are some who love it and some who hate it and even some gun manufacturers that recommend it. So which is it and should it really be one to cross off your list? Let’s find out…
Upon a first thorough inspection, there were signs these were of quality. For those unfamiliar with this brand, Aguila ammunition is manufactured in Mexico and imported into the USA by Centurion Ordnance, which is located in Texas. Now this may or may not deter many from purchasing their ammunition. Despite its origin, we have to look further and note all components used that do put it in a different class. It has all the ingredients of quality ammo, sporting brass casings and use of non-corrosive boxer primers. These two features are the most important most should look for in quality range/practice ammo.
What better way to test this ammo than with two of best pocket pistols on the market today. Pocket .380 pistols can be quite finicky with ammo and therefore, the best handguns to test such a product for reliability. With that said, all tests were done with the Diamondback DB380 and the Sig Sauer P238.
Before I comment on results, note that both of these pistols have functioned flawlessly prior to firing this ammunition. With that said, I’m sorry to say that I was disappointed by the results. The DB380 encountered 2 FTE’s and the P238 encountered one. This was not the case with other quality ammo I would personally use with all my handguns when at the range.
As far as accuracy goes, this ammo will impress. In fact, it is the most accurate FMJ round I have personally fired. These rounds are extremely accurate and the above is of one range visit at 7yds with the excellent Diamondback DB380. This ammo is also very pleasant to shoot and there is minimal recoil when firing these heavier rounds and they are quite manageable for follow-up shots.
Unlike a number of other options, these feed fairly clean and cleaning your handgun should take less time and effort as a result.
Aguila ammunition can be classified as quality ammo and while there were a couple of feed issues with both pistols tested, they are highly accurate and pleasant to shoot. They also run pretty clean when compared to other options. Considering they were tested on what I consider the most finicky handguns on the market, the failures can’t be necessarily linked to the rounds themselves. However, note that both of these pistols have functioned flawlessly with Fiocchi ammunition. So where do I put them in my preferred list when purchasing .380 ammo?
1. Fiocchi (Euro)
2. Fiocchi (USA)
3. American Eagle (Federal)
5. PMC Bronze
They are number 4 on the list and when you can’t find any above them, they will suffice and you should be quite happy with them at the range. If you’re a smart shopper, you can currently find these for just under $20 a box. That’s about as low as you’ll currently find ammo in this caliber.