The 'NEW' cartridges such as the 327 Federal Magnum and the 32 NAA have moved this calibre up and out of the wimp class for paper bag punchers and into a truly practical & effective hard hitting group that competes with the older 38 Special +P and the .380"acp.
Neither round has to be used in a compact carry type handgun - as they'll fill a standard sized pistol or revolver very nicely - but they are highly suited for use in compacts because they pack a full-sized punch down range while recoiling less than their bigger 'cuzzies' in .38" and .380".
Try a 60 grain JHP at 1,222 foot per second giving 199 foot pounds of energy.
Consistent Expansion to .55" with Full Weight Retention.
- Said to do that while recoiling 15% less than a 380acp +P
The obvious downside will be having to find and ask for this ammunition where ever you can get decent service - and that is not always easy to find either!
A 'Pocket Full of Power' .. a bit snappy like small dogs - but like a small dog they are affordable to run and they fit in small places eh.
- WHY didn't they call that 'The 40 Auto Magnum' ? .. everyone loves a "Magnum" eh - especially now that the newer 9mm loads are said to be matching performance from the .40"Short&Weak so well that the FBI is considering reverting to the 9x19mm as an issue calibre and gun.
Mind you - nobody seemed to have loved the 9mm Winchester Magnum (aka 9x29mm). It hasn't survived being loaded for the obsolete Wildeye and the Automag III eh.