Hello, Senator or Congressman! We’d like to start off by thanking you for your valiant efforts to disarm the American people. If only Americans understood how much safer we would all become once we have disarmed everyone except for criminals, hundreds of thousands of police officers, and nearly 1.2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, then maybe you wouldn’t have to work so hard. Sadly Americans are a thick-headed bunch who don’t like to voluntarily forfeit their God-given rights. That’s why we need committed public servants like you!
But here’s the problem: Even though you are totally qualified to write, promote and vote for legislation banning guns, you don’t actually know anything about them. Your own private bodyguards carry guns, of course, because they need them to protect you, but you don’t even know your bodyguards’ names much less which kinds of guns they carry. That’s why we put together this handy primer. Read it and you’ll learn everything you need to know about guns!
Lesson 1: What Kinds of Guns Are There?
There are two types of guns: AR-15s and Glocks. Telling them apart is easy because AR-15s are much longer. “AR” stands for assault rifle; “15” is the average number of hate crimes gun owners commit on a daily basis.
Smaller Glocks were originally developed so terrorists could sneak guns through airport security checkpoints. Today they are exclusively used by criminals, hence the immediate need for illegalizing them. You may hear other words used to refer to small guns, but make no mistake: They are all Glocks.
Lesson 2: What Are Magazines?
Every gun has a “magazine,” which typically holds about 30,000 rounds of ammunition. Magazines are also occasionally referred to as “clips,” but they are the same exact thing. It’s thanks to magazines that AR-15s and Glocks are able to fire two million rounds of ammunition per second.
Lesson 3: What Is Ammunition?
Ammunition is like the gas you put in your Rolls Royce – without it, a gun doesn’t work. One round of ammunition is capable of firing a bullet 68 times faster than the speed of light. On impact, that bullet creates an explosion large enough to level an entire city block!
Lesson 4: Do People Need AR-15s for Hunting?
AR-15s are not useful for hunting, because a single bullet is powerful enough to evaporate an entire deer on contact. Fortunately, no one will need to hunt once the insect farming industry has received the $8 trillion in government funding it needs to become sustainable. (On a side note, make sure your spouse purchases stocks in insect farming corporations at least one week before the funding is announced to the public.)
Lesson 5: Why Do Americans Love Guns So Much?
This is a common misconception. The vast majority of Americans actually hate guns. It is only the NRA, which operates without any support from the American people, which supports gun ownership. Russian trolls (the same ones which worked for He Who Shall Not Be Named during the 2016 election) also help create the illusion of American support for gun ownership, which is part of the reason why the NSA currently reads everyone’s email.
Lesson 6: Are Guns Actually an Effective Countermeasure Against Government Tyranny?
No! If the U.S. government ever does become tyrannical (or, more accurately, become more tyrannical), it would simply use drones and tanks and nuclear bombs to force its citizens to go to work and pay taxes. Every American would live in mortal terror that an AGM-114 Hellfire missile would knock on their door in the middle of the night and quietly take them to prison for sedition.
Lesson 7: Do Gun Bans Actually Reduce Gun Violence?
Of course, they do! How can people commit gun violence in places where guns aren’t allowed? That would require breaking the law, which is illegal. Senator or Congressman, please slap yourself on the forehead for asking such a stupid question.
Lesson 8: Are My Guns Going to Be Illegalized?
Don’t worry, Senator or Congressman. The guns your personal bodyguards currently carry will always be legal. This is because those guns can quickly neutralize an immediate threat to your personal safety, and you are vitally important to the welfare of this great country.
Lesson 9: How Do I Know If Someone Owns Guns?
It’s easy to tell if someone is a lunatic gun owner. If you encounter anyone who meets one or more of the following criteria, tell the FBI to falsify information that will lead to their arrest at once!
Brings up the Bill of Rights during political arguments
Reads or listens to fake news (i.e. news published by organizations that don’t collaborate with the U.S. government)
Congratulations, Senator or Congressman. You are now a gun expert! We wish you the best of luck during your career unless you’re caught in a scandal in which case we never supported you in the first place.
Isn’t it ironic that Gaston Glock, whose company has sold millions of pistols worldwide, fought off his would-be assassin using only his bare hands?
In 1999, Mr. Glock’s tax advisor Charles Ewert hatched a plot to cover up the millions of dollars he had embezzled from Glock Ges.m.b.H. by hiring a hitman to beat his boss to death in a car park. Crude, yet effective. Ewert didn’t factor Mr. Glock’s resilience into his plans. The 69-year-old endured multiple hammer blows to the head before beating his attacker unconscious, knocking out a few of his teeth in the process.
Both Ewert and his accomplice are still rotting in prison. Good.
Mr. Glock would surely rather spare you the inconvenience of being hammered, stabbed, bludgeoned, or otherwise mistreated by any villain. He invented the world’s first polymer-framed pistol for exactly that reason.
Although polymer frames are pretty standard for handguns nowadays, they made quite a stir when they hit the market back in the ‘80s. The media branded Glock pistols as “ghost guns” which couldn’t be picked up by airport metal detectors – despite the fact that more than 80% of a Glock pistol’s weight is steel, and even its dense Polymer 2 frame is dense enough to be seen using security equipment.
That’s the kind of informed reporting you can expect from the leftist media, as well as Big Tech which assists its efforts when it comes to guns. Look at how viciously they’ve demonized the AR-15 if you want another example.
All that aside…
What kind of ammunition should you buy for your Glock pistol for target shooting or self-defense? We’re going to proceed under the assumption that you have a 9mm Glock: a G17, G19, G19X, G26, G43, or G45. (These pistols all say “9×19” on their slides, because that’s what they call 9mm in Europe.)
If your Glock is chambered for something other than 9mm such as 10mm, 357 SIG, 380 Auto, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, or 45 GAP, our ammo recommendations will still have merit – most ammo manufacturers’ 9mm offerings are available as these cartridges as well.
If you have a 22 LR Glock, then we’ll give you some quick recommendations before moving on: high-velocity CPRN ammo like CCI Mini-Mag (part #30) for target shooting, Federal Premium Personal Defense Punch (PD22L1), or Winchester Silvertip (W22LRST) for self-defense.
Best 9mm Bullet Weight for a Glock
Before we get to specifics, let’s address a couple new-Glock owners’ most common questions. First, what bullet weight is best? The short answer is whichever bullet weight you prefer.
Factory-loaded 9mm cartridges typically come with one of three bullet weights: 115, 124, or 147 grains. As a general rule, the heavier a 9mm bullet becomes, the slower the muzzle velocity it will achieve. 115 grain 9mm bullets are typically supersonic, which gives them a louder, cracking report. 124-grain bullets are a toss-up: They may deliver either a supersonic or subsonic muzzle velocity. 147-grain bullets are always subsonic.
Different bullet weights will affect your shots’ trajectories and how much energy they can transfer to their target on impact. These differences are minor, however, and factory-loaded cartridges with any bullet weight will allow your Glock pistol to feed and extract reliably. Without getting too bogged down in discussions on recoil and ballistics, the best 9mm bullet weight for your Glock boils down to whichever type of cartridge you prefer firing most. Try all three and pick your favorite!
Can you Fire 9mm +P in a Glock?
This is the second most common question among new Glock owners. The short answer is yes; all 9mm Glock pistols are rated to safely fire 9mm +P as well.
The long answer is still yes – with a precaution. Overpressure ammo like 9mm +P is loaded to generate a significantly more powerful chamber pressure. This added force is why the 9mm +P round’s bullet achieves a higher muzzle velocity, exhibits a flatter trajectory, and strikes its target with more energy.
But this added force will also wear out a semi-automatic pistol’s moving parts at an accelerated rate. While it is always advisable to train with the same ammo you would fire in self-defense, extensive target practice with 9mm +P ammo will wear out your Glock faster than regular 9mm.
What about 9mm +P+? That’s a hard no. There are no specifications for the amount of chamber pressure a 9mm +P+ cartridge can generate, so it’s safest for Glock owners to avoid it altogether.
Best Glock Ammo for Target Shooting
Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
As with all semi-automatic firearms, the best all-around ammo for target shooting, range training and plinking with a Glock is loaded with FMJ bullets. The FMJ is comprised of exactly two components: a solid lead core, and a metal jacket that covers everything except the base of the lead core. This economical bullet possesses a hard enough exterior to prevent feeding jams and accelerated fouling of the barrel, and delivers recoil, point of aim and ballistic performance comparable to that of an analogous self-defense load’s jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullet.
Best 9mm FMJ ammo:
Federal American Eagle
Sellier & Bellot
And many others. You’re fine trying out any kind of 9mm FMJ ammo you can get your hands on when you have a Glock. At worst the pistol will jam more than you would like, but that’s a problem you always risk when you go for cheap ammo.
A bimetal jacketed bullet is also an FMJ. It still has a lead core, but its jacket is made mostly out of steel (with a thin copper-washed exterior) instead of pure copper alloy.
A bimetal jacketed bullet will attract a magnet, but that’s not why many commercial ranges ban “magnetic” ammunition. A bullet that contains steel has a higher chance of ricocheting back at the firing line after hitting a hard surface. It may also create sparks or damage range equipment, which are also things that ranges don’t like.
Why buy magnetic ammo? Because it’s a lot cheaper. The bimetal jacketed bullet contains significantly less copper, which is an expensive metal and also features an economical steel case instead of a brass one (an alloy that is mostly comprised of copper).
Glock pistols handle steel-cased ammo just fine. The steel case’s main drawback is that it’s not as elastic as brass, so it won’t expand to seal the chamber as efficiently during ignition. This will permit more propellant residues to accumulate in the Glock’s action, which will make it dirtier.
Steel cases also don’t return to their original dimensions following ignition. While reloading steel cases is possible, it’s only worth the effort during an apocalyptic scenario when there would be literally no other way of getting ammo. (Plus steel cases have Berdan primers instead of America’s preferred Boxer primers, which complicate handloading even further.
Best magnetic FMJ ammo:
Red Army Standard
Total Metal Jacket (TMJ)
A TMJ bullet’s jacket doesn’t leave its lead core exposed. Its jacket encapsulates 100% of the bullet, which prohibits hot propellant gasses from vaporizing any lead from the bullet during ignition. Because they produce significantly less toxic lead vapor (which will eventually accumulate on the floor if it doesn’t settle in the lungs first), TMJ bullets are often utilized in poorly ventilated indoor ranges.
Aside from its cleaner performance, the TMJ bullet offers the same performance as the more conventional FMJ.
Best TMJ ammo:
Federal American Eagle
Federal Syntech (Total Synthetic Jacket bullets have polymer jackets which increase a barrel’s lifespan, eliminate copper fouling in the barrel, and reduce the chance of dangerous splash-back, but also offer the same advantages as the TMJ.)
A frangible bullet doesn’t contain solid lead and copper like a standard FMJ. Instead, it’s made out of compressed metal powders (usually copper and tin, but never lead).
When a frangible bullet hits a hard surface it disintegrates almost instantly. The frangible bullet’s ability to virtually eliminate the chances of a ricochet or splash-back from occurring makes it optimal for shooting steel targets, especially at close range. Like a TMJ, the lead-free frangible bullet also helps to keep the air much cleaner at indoor ranges.
Best frangible ammo:
Best Glock Ammo for Self-Defense
Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP)
The JHP is the gold standard as far as personal protection with a pistol is concerned. The hollow point bullet operates on a simple principle: When its nose cavity fills with pressurized soft tissue, it gets forced outward to deliver rapid terminal expansion within its target. The expansion enables the JHP to gouge a wider wound channel into its target than its original diameter alone would allow, transfer more of its energy outward instead of exclusively forward, and anchor itself inside of soft tissue to help prevent overpenetration that could jeopardize innocent bystanders.
Like an FMJ, a JHP’s jacket hardens the bullet for more reliable functionality in a semi-automatic firearm. Most JHP bullets designed for self-defense have notched or skived jackets, which are strategically weakened so they can control more uniform expansion over a wide range of velocities.
When it comes to selecting 9mm ammo for self-defense with a Glock, it’s good to look at what the pros use. In the United States, 65% of law enforcement agencies use Glock pistols (usually 9mm or 40 S&W, and occasionally 357 SIG). Among cops, two types of self-defense ammo are most commonly used.
Speer Gold Dot
The Gold Dot JHP bullet begins as a rugged alloyed lead core. This core is electrochemically bonded to its jacket one molecule at a time, which makes the Gold Dot bullet at once extremely well balanced and resistant to core/jacket separation (a phenomenon which can cause a bullet to lose weight and resultant momentum during penetration, which in turn may cause it to penetrate to too shallow a depth to effectively neutralize a threat).
The Gold Dot bullet’s nose cavity is formed via a series of precision die presses. The first controls how wide the bullet can expand; the second controls the bullet’s rate of expansion.
Note that the Speer G2 bullet, which features a hollow point nose cavity that is filled with pliant elastomer to prevent clogging with debris that could inhibit terminal expansion, is also excellent for self-defense.
The HST bullet is similarly designed for optimal terminal expansion, with a nose cavity that is engineered to avoid clogging with fabric or other debris that could hamper its terminal performance. The HST bullet is additionally engineered to avoid core/jacket separation that could rob it of penetration depth, even if it must pass through a tough urban barrier en route to its target.
Federal HST and Speer Gold Dot cartridges both feature nickel-plated brass cases. These reduce metal-on-metal friction, which helps them promote smoother feeding and performance in a semi-automatic firearm. They are additionally corrosion resistant, as well as easier to see during a chamber check in poorly lit environments.
To drive the point home: Speer Gold Dot and Federal HST are both superlative self-defense JHP cartridges for a Glock pistol. (Any pistol, really.) Load either of these two cartridges in your handgun and it will be in the best possible condition to be used as a tool for personal protection.
Are other manufacturers’ JHP bullets inadequate for self-defense? Not remotely, no. Hornady, Remington, Winchester, Black Hills, Underwood, Barnes, Sierra, Prvi Partizan, PMC, Sellier & Bellot, and many other manufacturers also make fine self-defense ammo. But HST and Gold Dot – those are pretty much flawless.
You have another option when it comes to self-defense with a Glock pistol: non-expanding bullets. These may have brand names like ARX, Xtreme Defender, or HoneyBadger, but they all work on the same principle.
These bullets lack hollow point nose cavities. As the result, they feed a little more smoothly, as they lack flat nose profiles that could get stuck en route to the chamber, and they’re also incapable of clogging with debris that could inhibit terminal expansion.
Of course, without nose cavities, these bullets cannot expand. Instead, they have grooves milled (or molded, in the ARX’s case) into their shanks. During penetration, these grooves scoop up soft tissues, pressurize them, and then jet them outward in lateral directions at high velocity. The end result is a cavernous wound cavity within said soft tissue, which has exactly the kind of effect you might imagine on a threat.
It is highly advisable to use ammo that is specifically designed for self-defense, for self-defense. Not only is its bullet engineered to deal maximal damage to the target – it is generally much higher quality than range ammo as well. Ammo manufacturers don’t go out of their way to produce unreliable range ammo, but they’re aware that an FMJ load’s failure to feed or extract won’t jeopardize the shooter’s life during a dangerous physical altercation.
Self-defense ammo is more expensive than target shooting ammo, of course. That’s why it’s okay to stockpile more affordable FMJ ammo for an emergency. It’s still perfectly capable of effectively neutralizing a threat, and its lower price point makes it much more affordable for the average American to stockpile a healthy reserve of emergency ammo.
Whether you’re getting your first gun or your 50th, it’s important to choose the best handgun for home defense when it comes to protecting your family. A million things will run through your head when someone breaks into your home and tries to upset the balance you’ve worked so hard to create. It’s your right to defend yourself and you need the right gun to do it.
Although, there are many factors to consider such as caliber, size, price, and brand. In this guide, we’ll provide some recommendations for the best handguns based on these factors. We’ll also help guide you through the process of making an informed decision on the right handgun.
Choosing the Right Handgun
Before we look at some guns, let’s talk about some of the factors used to determine the best choices.
If you’re a gun novice, choosing a caliber might sound like a tall task but it’s not. It’s generally recommended to choose between a 9mm and .45 ACP but we suggest going with a 9mm. These bullets are smaller, cheaper, and more readily available at local stores so you won’t have to go to a specialty shop to find them. The smaller size means less recoil and a higher capacity magazine which makes a lot of sense for home defense situations. The 9mm is a lot easier to control and will certainly get the job done in the event of a home invasion.
Once you’ve decided on a caliber, the most important decision is to find a handgun that you can handle well and it fits you. Choosing a full-size handgun will mean that it feels a bit larger in your hands but the extra mass will be there to absorb the recoil and you’ll have a bigger area to grip. On the other hand, a smaller handgun will serve better for concealed carrying situations if that’s your plan and you could hide it in tighter places inside your house if that’s a concern.
Overall, when it comes to fit you can only know what works by going out and handling some guns. If you’re a beginner, we suggest going to a local gun shop that has a range and trying out some guns to gain an understanding of the differences in size and fit from gun to gun.
This is a highly debated topic and we’re going to leave it up to you but simply plan on shedding some light on two scenarios. Scenario one is, you keep the gun in your bedside table as you hear someone smash a window in your living room. You wake up, grab the gun, and head to the top of the stairs as you look down and find someone rustling through your home looking for valuables. As you creep down the stairs they spot you and point a gun at you. Your initial response is to fire at them but you forgot to disengage the safety. The rest is history.
Scenario two is the same with a handgun that doesn’t have a safety. That small decision could be what saves the lives of you and your family. While there may be some risks associated with a handgun without a safety, in the heat of the moment, most self-defense shooters will forget to disengage it.
Having a night sight is a nice feature because most self-defense shootings will occur at night. You have the choice of purchasing the sights that come with the gun you buy or purchasing an aftermarket product and having someone install them. Either way, we highly recommend getting a night sight because it will make a big difference when it matters most.
Playing into the feel of the handgun is the trigger. Each gun will have a slightly different trigger and some have an easier pull than others. Ideally, you want to find a trigger that marries sensitivity with stiffness because an overly sensitive trigger without a safety could be a disaster and a stiff trigger could be a problem too. You need to try the gun out at a range or store to truly understand how it will behave in a self-defense situation.
Since most of the best handguns for self-defense are striker-fired they’ll run between $500-1,000. Keep in mind that you can always find sales and you should also compensate for potentially purchasing night sights too. They’ll cost around $100 to purchase and if you buy aftermarket ones you’ll need to pay a special installation fee too.
Best Handguns for Home Defense
Now that we understand some of the factors that go into making this decision, let’s take a look at some guns. It’s survival of the fittest whether you live in a suburban neighborhood or a 10-acre homestead, you need to understand how to prepare for emergencies and defend yourself. As preppers, we’re always preparing for something whether it be fishing when SHTF, stockpiling food and ammo, or developing rainwater capture systems. We must always be prepared.
The Glock 19 is one of the most popular self-defense handguns because of its ease of use and reliability. When you’re looking for something to protect your family, you need something that you can rely on no matter what. The 19 is the most popular model because it’s chambered in 9mm, uses a standard mag, and holds 16 rounds plus one in the chamber.
Beyond the high capacity, you also get the reliability that only comes with a Glock. When you need it the most, it’ll be there to deliver. They also sell a ton of aftermarket accessories so things like night sights will be readily available, affordable, and anyone can install them.
2. Sig Sauer P226 MK-25
This handgun comes with a 4.4-inch barrel, night sights, and it holds 15 hollow points in the 9mm chamber. The thing that stands out about this handgun is its design and ergonomics. The trigger pull is so smooth, sensitive, and proper based on the amount of pressure applied. This handgun makes a lot of sense for home defense and that’s one of the reasons why it’s the most popular option. The only thing that can turn a lot of people away from this Sig Sauer is the price tag. You can expect to pay upwards of a grand or more for this home defense handgun.
3. Ruger GP100
When you’re looking for the best handgun for home defense you need something with great reliability and stopping power and that’s why we had to throw the Ruger GP100 into this article. It’s a .357 Magnum with great simplicity, excellent ergonomics, and perfectionist reliability. We also find this to be a great option for inexperienced gun owners because it’s easy to handle, load, and fire with limited recoil. It’s a great option for those of you who are unsure about the desire to own a handgun for self-defense.
4. Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0
Here we have one of the newer M&P models which stands for Military and Police. It’s one of the best 9mm handguns on the market, hands down and it comes with a variety of customization options and accessories for those who are into that. It has a 15+1 capacity and a total barrel length of 4-inches.
One unique feature about this handgun is that it comes with optional dual-sided thumb safeties so both righties and lefties will have an easy time disengaging the safety. There’s also a magazine disconnect safety that will prevent the handgun from firing once the magazine is removed. These are some of the reasons why we recommend this gun as a great choice for nervous homeowners who may have young and curious children.
5. Sig Sauer P365
When this handgun premiered in 2018 it was considered one of the best concealed carry handguns out there. With its portable size, subcompact double stack, and new 15 round magazine, it does seem like that. It also comes with night sights and a pinky extension for those with larger hands. This makes it a great choice for portable home defense as well. The handgun is small enough to hide in the house while still making it accessible. It also has the necessary stopping power and limited recoil for nervous handlers. If you’re looking for a soft shooting gun that is accurate with an awesome trigger, this is a great choice and it comes at a price that won’t scare you away.
6. Ruger SP101
Small, durable, and beautiful is what we say about the SP101. This handgun is the perfect choice for both concealed carry and home defense. It comes in a wide variety of calibers including .357, .22LR, and .38 Special. It’s known for incredible reliability, great value, and consistent performance.
The gun comes with a triple-lock cylinder that guarantees great reliability and it comes with an aesthetic stainless steel finish which looks great. The main thing we love about this gun and many Rugers, in general, is the sheer number of customization options from caliber, to size, to barrel length, to accessories. There are so many things you can do with this gun and it’ll quickly turn you from a gun hater into a gun lover.
Choosing the best handguns for home defense is one of those decisions many of us fail to do before it’s too late. Being prepared is key, whether that be honing our survival skills or stocking up on supplies for a “rainy day.” We must always be prepared. We believe that every home should have a firearm for protection. When push comes to shove, it’ll be the only thing standing between you and the evil that lurks in the night. Any of the recommendations above are great choices for personal home defense.
The iconic .357 Magnum ammo stands out as a top home defense round. Choosing a gun and ammo for home defense is much different than choosing one for self-defense. Most experts say that using a shotgun for home defense is the way to go. Easy to shoot with less chance of liability or collateral damage. This is true. However, 00 buckshot isn’t always a deterrent to an intruder in your home. Additionally, not everyone can operate a shotgun as easily as a handgun. Lastly, homeowners can conceal a handgun easier than a long gun, making it easier to get to in the moment.
A .357 Magnum revolver makes an excellent choice for home defense. The.357 Magnum ammo provides reliable accuracy with adequate stopping power. Homeowners sleep better knowing the family is protected by one of the most classic types of ammunition on the market. Experts laud .357 Magnum ammo for its versatility. Shooters choose the round because it is inexpensive, readily available, and usable for plinking, hunting, range training, target shooting, and home defense. More powerful ammunition exists but the .357 is easy to control and easier to shoot.
Some object to using a .357 as a home defense weapon because of the excess weight. The argument proves valid if the gun is for concealed carry. However, a home defense weapon stays in the home, hopefully in a lockbox, until needed.
Handgun vs. Rifle
.357 Magnum ammo brings versatility to the table in that it can be used in a handgun or a carbine. The impressive round fires at about 1,400 FPS from a revolver and 1,800 FPS from a rifle. The developers created the round to be strong enough to confront criminals, including those wearing ballistics vests. While a neighborhood intruder is unlikely to wear a bulletproof vest, the stopping power is still important. Such power presents a possible downside in that it can go through drywall or a door, causing collateral damage.
Using a .357 Magnum Revolver
Pop culture makes carrying a large caliber gun fashionable. A Colt .45 will scare an intruder but do little else if the gun is too much to handle. a .357 Magnum revolver backs up the threat to protect the home and the people inside. Benefits to using a .357 Magnum revolver include:
Easy handling. Revolvers, especially those with longer barrels, are easy to aim and shoot. The heavy weight benefits the shooter with superior accuracy. They also allow the user to fire quickly.
Revolvers operate without fuss. Revolvers belong in the “what you see is what you get” category. The shooter forgoes adjusting bells and whistles. Point and shoot. Home defense situations call for fast action.
Revolvers remain popular which means they are affordable and easy to find.
Lastly, .357 revolvers fire .38 Special rounds. The rounds match in every way but their length. Shooting less powerful ammo helps novices handle the recoil. It also allows for a lighter trigger pull on guns with a short barrel length, like a snubnose.
Advantages of .357 Mag Ammo
Shooters credit .357 ammo with power and ease of use. Some advantages to the ammo include:
Various factory loads. Most manufacturers produce a wide variety of bullet weights and types for .357 Mag. From 110 grains to 180 grains.
Reload with ease. Handloaders save money and experiment with reloading .357 cartridges to create bigger and better rounds.
Easy to find. Most stores, outlets and online sites carry .357 ammo. This makes it simple to comparison shop and buy in bulk.
Smith & Wesson ordered changes to Elmer Keith’s original bullet design. The bullet was reshaped to Philip Sharpe’s specifications. Today, the .357 S&W Magnum rimmed centerfire cartridge with a .357 inch (9.1mm) diameter bullet. The case measures 1.29 inches in length. The total length of the round is 1.59 inches. SAAMI states the maximum pressure is 35,000 PSI; average muzzle velocity is 1,090 feet per second (FPS).
An experienced shooter knows bullet types and their uses. Manufacturers create new bullet types to accommodate popular calibers like.357 Magnum. Common styles include Full Metal Jacket, Jacketed Soft Point, and Jacketed Hollow Point. The list below shows the three common types of bullets and their uses.
Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
FMJ bullets cost less than hollow points or soft points. This makes them ideal for high volume shooting including range or target practice. The bullet houses a soft center metal like lead, surrounded by a harder metal, usually copper. FMJs work best for short-range shooting, plinking, target practice, range training, and competition shooting.
Hollow Points (HP)
Hollow points relate mostly to self-defense and home protection. HPs cost more than FMJs, however, the round performs better in face-to-face confrontations. The ballistics of HPs are comparable to the FMJ. The HP design allows the bullet to expand, creating a larger wound channel than the FMJ. The expansion stops attackers quickly and therefore, the shooter is protected.
Soft Points (SP)
Hunters choose soft points over most other ammunition. SPs expand more than an FMJ, which creates ideal stopping power. SPs compare to HPs, except for the expansion. An SP allows the shooter to have more control. SP ballistics outshine other bullets, especially when they are made with a boat-tail design. Jacketed Soft Points (JSP) are another option.
Bullet weights control the power of the projectile as it leaves the gun barrel. The number of grains determines the weight.
Heavyweight Bullet Characteristics
Heavy bullet weights lower the velocity of the ammo. A heavy bullet works well in short-range situations including home defense. It is less affected by weather or minor changes in wind. The downsides include heavier recoil and the likelihood of over penetration.
Lightweight Bullet Characteristics
Lightweight bullets travel fast. The lighter the bullet, the faster it travels. The lightweight means the bullet will retain a better trajectory, and therefore, accuracy at long distances. The bullet’s high velocity brings with it the chance for over penetration. An advantage is less recoil.
Best .357 Magnum Ammo for Home Defense
Experts showcase top choices for .357 for home defense. Each brings the power, accuracy and velocity needed in any home defense situation. The downsides for the .357 include a bright muzzle flash, stiff recoil, and loud report. These items distract newbies from maintaining accuracy on multiple shots. However, using a bullet with fewer grains will lessen these issues. Ammo types and weights should be based on the shooter’s knowledge and skill level. Practice is imperative.
Top choices for home defense ammo include:
Federal Ammunition 158 Grain JHP
1,240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Hollow Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
539 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Buffalo Bore Tactical Short Barrel 158 Grain JHP
1,400 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Hollow Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
606 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Federal American Eagle Cartridge 158 Grain JSP
1,240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Soft Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
530 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Fiocchi 142 Grain FMJ-TC
1,420 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Full Metal Jacket Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
636 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135 Grain JHP
990 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Hollow Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
294 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Hornady Critical Defense 125 Grain FTX
1,500 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
824 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
CCI Blazer 158 Grain JHP
1,150 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Soft Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
464 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Tula Ammo 158 Grain FMJ
1,280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Full Metal Jacket Bullet
464 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Barnes 140 Grain VOR-TX JHP
1,265 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Soft Point Bullet
498 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Federal Premium Power-Shok 158 Grain JHP
1,240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Hollow Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
539 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Ruger ARX 86 Grain
1,650 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Injection Molded Copper Polymer ARX Projectile
552 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Hornady American Gunner 125 Grain JHP XTP
1,500 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Hollow Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
624 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
PMC Bronze 158 Grain JSP
1,471 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Soft Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
759 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Sellier & Bellot 158 Grain FMJ-FN
889 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Full Metal Jacket Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
278 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Federal Premium Barnes Expander 140 Grain JHP
1,400 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Jacketed Soft Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
609 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Remington Ammunition: 110 Grain SJHP
1,295 FPS Muzzle Velocity
Semi Jacketed Hollow Point Bullet
Nickel-plated Brass Casing
410 ft-lbs. Muzzle Energy
Experts never agree on the ultimate home defense ammunition. However, .357 Magnum ammo appears at the top of the list due to its stopping power, accuracy, availability, and reliability. The ammo carries the power necessary to dominate in any situation in a revolver or lever-action carbine. Where larger calibers bear the burden of possible over penetration, the .357 ammo is less likely to go through the target to cause collateral damage. The .357 Mag ammo gives the homeowner peace of mind, knowing that the protection is there if needed.
The media and popular culture believe a lot of myths related to guns and gun owners. Following are some facts and fictions regarding gun use, safety, and statistics.
Myth: Guns can go off if you drop them
Readers ask this question more often than not. The truth is that most guns don’t work that way. Guns manufacturers must submit their guns to strict “drop-safety” tests. True, the tests aren’t foolproof. However, 99.9 percent of the time, the gun won’t go off when dropped.
Myth: Every year 30,000 people are killed by guns
Fact: True and false, depending on your perspective. Experts rarely tell the whole story. The number is true but 54percent of those deaths are suicides. Numerous reports show that owning a gun is not the primary factor in suicide.
Myth: All bullets are the same
That is not even close to being true. I’m not going to go into specifics, but different bullets are designed to do different things. You choose bullets based on your gun and their purpose.
Myth: Using a weapon for self-defense increases your likelihood of injury or death
Victims are more likely to survive an assault if a gun is used for self-defense. Statistics for injury/death during a robbery are:
Resisting with a weapon: 6%
Doing nothing: 25%
Resisted with a knife: 40%
Non-violent resistance: 45%
Myth: Assault weapons are a major problem in the United States
“Assault weapons” or fully automatic guns, including those that classified incorrectly, are used in less than 1 percent of homicides.
Myth: Gun owners like to kill things
Hunters certainly kill things, but that doesn’t make them zealots or unstable. The number of hunters has decreased over the past decade. A recent study shows:
In the 1990s, about 50 percent of gun-owners used their guns for hunting; 25 percent used them for protection. Currently, approximately 50 percent of gun owners use firearms for personal protection.
Myth: Shotguns are always on target
Shotguns are recommended for home protection mostly because of the ease of use. The myth is that firing a shotgun takes little or no skill. You only have to fire in the general direction.
Shotguns do have a wider spread than a handgun, but the shooter still has to aim.
Myth: Semi-automatics are the same as fully-automatic guns
Semi-automatic weapons and fully-automatic weapons are as different as night and day. The main difference is that a semi-automatic weapon fires one round shot each time you squeeze the trigger. A fully-automatic gun fires continuously while the trigger is depressed.
Myth: Gun owners are middle-aged rednecks, white, evangelical Christians, militant, and racist.
The truth is that gun owners are as diverse as the citizens in the U.S., cover all socio-economic classes and age brackets.
Myth: People who carry concealed are violent.
Crime statistics show that those with concealed carry permits are more law-abiding than the average person.
The next time someone tries to school you on the facts, check this list or use a search engine to get factual information.
The.44 Magnum has been called “the most powerful gun on earth” and, at one time, that was true. While other guns have stolen the title from the iconic round, the .44 Mag remains a favorite with handgun hunters and those looking for a solid self-defense ammunition. It hits its target hard and fast, leaving a deep channel in its wake. The .44 Magnum intimidates novice shooters with good reason, its strong muzzle flash and heavy recoil are hard to handle without ample practice.
Elmer Keith designed the .44 Remington Magnum in 1955. Keith, an Idaho rancher, writer and firearms enthusiast, had made a name for himself when he created the .357 cartridge. Keith’s goal was to make an all-purpose round to be manufactured by theRemington Arms Co. Remington produced the cartridge but it was slated to be used in the Smith & WessonModel 29. As such, S&W is usually credited with introducing.44 Mag ammo to the public. However, Ruger introduced its ammo first, attached to their new single-action.44 Magnum Blackhawk.
Unlike John Browning and other designers, Keith’s aim was to create a round that was practical for multiple uses. The premise paid off, making Keith’s ammunition popular with a wider audience.
Keith spent years making custom loads for the.44 Special before he created the .44 Magnum. He based the new ammunition the .44 caliber bullet but used a high-pressure load to ensure that the new ammo could fire a heavy bullet. The bullet made the ammo faster and stronger than anything the public had seen.
Keith had originally intended for the .44 to be used for self-defense, hunting, and target shooting. The round is strong and packs a hefty punch. The .44 is precise, giving the shooter as much as a 90% accuracy rate. However, the high-pressure causes it to have a heavy recoil and muzzle flash, making it less than ideal for novice shooters. Those that find the .44 Mag a bit too intense may opt for the .44 Special, a slightly smaller cartridge with less recoil.
Remington created the .44 Mag asammo for a revolver, however, it can also be used in other guns including lever action rifles, carbines, and semi-automatic pistols.
The .44 Magnum cartridge uses a bullet with 240 grain (gr), has a velocity of 1,350 feet per second (fps), and puts off a muzzle energy of 971 foots pounds (ft-lbs). The .429-inch lead bullet sits in a straight-walled case that measures 1.285 inches long. The total length of the ammo is 1.61 inches. It uses a large pistol primer. It can be loaded to a max pressure of 36,000 pounds per square inch (psi).
Some shooters revert to the .44 S&W Special, a smaller round with has less recoil. Experts say shooters should test both types of ammo to choose the one with the most comfort. The .44 Mag has high pressure, so it can only be used in guns chambered for the round.
The .44 Magnum wasn’t selling well in the marketplace until 1971 whenClint Eastwood made his debut as “Dirty” Harry Callahan. Dirty Harry was the lead character in the movie, a hard-boiled San Francisco police detective who routinely faced off with criminals that plagued his city. Dirty Harry stands toe to toe with a wounded bank robber when he delivers his famous speech:
“I know what you’re thinking: ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do you, punk?”
After the movie hit the theaters, Eastwood’s devotion to his S&W Model 29 and .44 Mag skyrocketed sales and kept the Model 29 and its ammo at the top for decades. It’s hard to tell how many thousands have practiced that very line in front of the mirror.
The .44 Mag is no longer the most powerful handgun in the world, but its popularity will live on forever.
Seasoned shooters often disagree regarding the .44 Magnum as a top choice forself-defense purposes. Experts claim that the .44 Mag is too powerful because of the round’s deep penetration. Inexperienced users can easily cause collateral damage through over penetration or run the risk of shooting innocent parties.
Shooters should know that .44 Magnums aren’t all the same. Some guns can be used for home defense while other, less powerful weapons are better suited for sports and target shooting.
This round is touted as one of the best for self-defense. It is a no nonsense ammunition designed for self-defense and eliminating two-legged targets. It has a Muzzle Velocity of 1500 fps and a Muzzle Energy of 899 ft-lbs.
The new production Hydra-Shok 240 grain Personal Defense round is an excellent choice for concealed carry and law enforcement agencies. The center-post design delivers controlled expansion. The notched jacket gives maximum penetration. It offers a Muzzle Velocity of 1180 fps and Muzzle Energy of 742 ft-lbs.
Hornady XTP is highly recommended by seasoned shooters. The American-made self-defense cartridge makes the list for the best .44 self-defense ammo. It’s slightly more expensive than the Remington, but also more powerful. It boasts 1150 FPS Muzzle Velocity.
Top of the list of the best .44 ammo for self-defense. Available in 240 grain SP and SJHP rounds, thisAmerican-made defense load is inexpensive, but powerful. It boasts 1180 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 742 ft-lbs Muzzle Energy.
Speer: Gold Dot Handgun Personal Protection 44 S&W Special
Speer Gold Dot has an excellent reputation for quality and accuracy. This 200 grain hollow point has plenty of what it takes for self-defense. It offers 875 fps of Muzzle Velocity.
A bit more expensive than the other brands, Winchester offers this American-made self-defense cartridge with 1250 FPS Muzzle Velocity.
The .44 Magnum is a powerful gun that is not well suited to concealed carry. It is an excellent choice for self-defense although some claim that the .357 Magnum is easier to carry and aim. In the end, personal comfort and performance wins the day, leaving the choice to the shooter.
SIG SAUER and Federal Premium Ammunitions introduced .357 SIG ammunition in 1994. The cartridge has a rimless, bottlenecked case. The companies wanted to have the same power as the .357 Magnum, but designed it for use in a semi-automatic pistol. The ammo was launched four years after the .40 S&W, a round created for the FBI. The .40 S&W has the stopping power of a .45 ACP and ease of use of the 9mm parabellum. Although the .357 SIG performed better than the .40 S&W, it never became as popular with law enforcement or the public.
.357 SIG Design
The designers took a .357 bullet and pared it down to .355-inch to make it easier to handle. The .357 SIG was the first commercial bottleneck ammunition sold since the 1960s. The cartridge base diameter is .424-inch, the case is .864-inch in length. The full length of the cartridge is 1.140-inches. It uses a bullet with 125-grains, the same as a .357 Mag. It has a velocity of 1,350 feet per second (fps), and muzzle energy of more than 500 foot pounds (ft·lbs). The round is also referred to as the .357 SIG, .357 Sig, and 9x22mm.
.357 SIG vs. .357 Magnum
Although the .357 SIG never became popular, it remains a favorite of some law enforcement agencies, as well as target shooters and those who are in range training or carry for self-defense. Unlike other small rounds, the .357 SIG has the ability to cause hydrostatic shock, immediately disabling or fatally wounding its target upon impact. While the .357 Magnum remains more popular, the .357 SIG still packs a punch. The smaller casing makes it optimal for self-defense.
Because of its lack of popularity, the .357 SIG has a limited number of firearms chambered for the ammunition. They include the full size SIG SAUER P226 (combat pistol), the compact 229, the 320 (designed for concealed carry), as well as a traditional 1911. Glock models include the full-size G31, compact G32, and G33, designed for concealed carry. S&W has discontinued their .357 SIG pistol from their M&P line.
Uses for the .357 SIG
Law enforcement agencies prefer the 9mm, but many still use the .357 SIG as a standard issue ammunition for the SIG SAUER and Glock pistols. The Texas Highway Patrol took it on in 1995, followed shortly by The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). The DPS used the .357 SIG as standard issue from 1998-2013. Other notable agencies include the Bureau of Industry and Security, Federal Air Marshal Service, The United States Secret Service, Pennsylvania Game Commission, and the Texas Rangers. It is also used by several state police troops and highway patrol units, including Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Many experts refer to the .357 SIG as being obsolete but the fact that it is still used by so many law enforcement agencies shows that it has its place in the market.
Designers from Smith & Wesson and Winchester introduced the .40 Cal S&W cartridge in 1990. The ammunition was designed along with Smith & Wesson’s Model 4006 pistol, months after receiving a request from the FBI for a new type of ammunition. However, one week before the ammo went to market, Glock introduced the Glock 22 and Glock 23, chambered in .40 cal.
Development of .40 Cal S&W
The Federal Bureau of Investigation requested that S&W create a new ammunition to replace their standard issue sidearms. The request came after a 1986 shootout in Miami. Two bank robbers confronted FBI agents and a shootout ensued. During the standoff, agents realized that they could not reload and fire fast enough to take down the criminals. The bank robbers killed two FBI agents and wounded five. Agents killed the bank robbers.
The FBI stated that the .38 Special revolvers were no longer sufficient for their agents. They requested to replace them with semi-automatic pistols. Agents asked Smith & Wesson to develop a new type of ammunition that could be retrofitted into 9mm semi-automatic handguns. S&W and Winchester developed the .40 Cal, based on 9mm and .45 ACP ammunition. The new medium-velocity round had the same accuracy as a 9mm while using the specs of a 10mm load. The FBI approved the ammo and hoped it would prevent another catastrophe like the one in Miami. Shortly after the FBI adopted the round, law enforcement agencies across the country switched to the new ammo. Although the FBI no longer uses the .40 Cal S&W, it endorses the Sig Sauer P226 and P228, both of which can be chambered in 9mm and .40 cal. The U.S. Coast Guard uses the .40 Cal S&W as a standard issue sidearm.
The .40 Cal S&W is a medium velocity cartridge ideal for concealed carry and self-defense. It uses a 0.40-inch diameter lead bullet that can range from 105 to 200 grains. The casing measures .85 inches long, .424-inch at the base. The cartridge has an average pressure of 35,000 psi. The muzzle energy is higher than the standard pressure of a .45 ACP, with 350-500 foot-pounds of energy. Ballistics performance tests in the 1980s and 1990s prompted experts to refer to the .40 Cal as “the ideal cartridge for personal defense and law enforcement.”
Use for Self-Defense
Civilians choose the .40 Cal for the fact that it is easy to use. It has a light recoil, which makes it an accurate round. Self-defense and home defense situations require accuracy and adequate stopping power. Consumers can choose a variety of options for design and bullet weight. Shooters choose the .40 Cal S&W for the same features that were required by the FBI and law enforcement, including a high magazine capacity, light recoil and high muzzle energy. Although the .40 Cal S&W isn’t a highly sought after ammo, most firearms manufacturers offer compact and sub-compact models chambered for the round.
In 1929, law enforcement faced a dilemma. Their ammunition was no longer effective against the gangsters and bootleggers. The gangsters had taken to wearing ballistics vests and often shot from inside autos, both of which were impenetrable by an average ammunition round. As a result, Colt developed the .38 Super Auto. The round was supposedly based on the .38 Automatic Colt Pistol, but designed to be used in a 1911 style semi-automatic, magazine-fed pistol. The .38 Super uses a .356-inch 130 grain lead projectile, housed in a semi-rimmed, straight-walled case measuring .900 inch. The total length of the cartridge 1.280 inches.
The Super Auto cartridge carries more powder than the .38 Auto, which makes it a more powerful round. The .38 Auto’s 130 grain cartridge had a muzzle velocity of 1,050 feet per second (fps). Since the .38 Super used more powder and higher pressure, its velocity is 1,280 fps. Sadly, law enforcement stopped using the Super Auto when, in 1934, the .357 Magnum entered the market.
Development of the .38 Super Auto
Experts say that there are discrepancies in the origin of the .38 Super. It is commonly believed that the round was based on the .38 ACP. Law enforcement did require a stronger round than the .38 and 9mm, but could deliver a better performance than the powerhouse .45 ACP. Colt offered a solution in the .38 Auto. Secondly, some claim that the development of the .38 Super was an afterthought. The 1911-style pistol had been introduced, designed to fire .38 ACP. Shortly after it was introduced, wildcatters began to handload their own version of the round, increasing the powder load. Colt heard about the change and began to produce a similar version which they named the .38 Super Auto. The name .38 “Super” was simply a way to distinguish it from the traditional .38 Auto.
The FBI adopted the .38 Super partly because of its carry capacity. It could hold 9 to 11 cartridges in a single stack, which was much larger than what was offered by the .38 Special. The .38 Super could also penetrate body armor. This was a benefit with the rise of American gangsters who openly fought police, and often used their cars as shields against return fire.
However, police weren’t the only ones who adopted the .38 Super. John Dillinger, infamous bank robber and all-around bad guy, carried a .38 Super when he was apprehended by police.
He also owned a custom-built, fully automatic Colt M1911A1. Dillinger had the gun modified to include a Cutts compensator and a magazine with extra capacity.
In 1941, Colt shifted its focus from law enforcement to the military due to WWII. The war changed the face of munitions, and the .38 Super all but disappeared for nearly 40 years.
The .38 Super never lived up to its potential in the U.S. However, the round has been widely used in other countries such as Australia, Mexico, Canada, and South America, where civilians are banned from using guns chambered in military cartridges, such as the .45 ACP or 9mm.
Military and law enforcement personnel have gone through a series of changes in standard issue weapons over the past couple decades. At one time the .38 Special reigned supreme. Today 9mm is carried by 67 percent of law enforcement agents, but that by no means is their only choice.
Since the early 1900s, the .38 Special was standard issue for most police departments across the U.S. The 10mm was slated to take over the top spot but didn’t last long. In the 1980s, the FBI commissioned the manufacture of the .40, which some law enforcement officers still use. It was replaced by the 9mm in the 1990s.
Most officers see the 9mm as a “reasonable round” for a duty pistol. While it may be considered standard issue, there are many agencies that allow their officers to choose their weapon, either as a standard issue or as a backup piece. The variety comes from a number of reasons. Some police forces have different requirements for their weapons. There are some departments that simply cannot afford the latest and greatest handguns. Lastly, some departments require their officers to purchase their own weapons. In the latter case, it is not uncommon to see a wide variety of calibers including9mm, .40, .45, .357 SIG, and 10mm.
Currently, the most popular guns used by police departments are Glock, followed by SIG Sauer. Yet, there are still departments that swear by their .45 ACP.
History of the .45 ACP
The .45 ACP is the most “American” of all pistols on the market. Introduced in 1905 by Colt and designed by weapons legend John M. Browning, the .45 ACP was an instant hit with the U.S. military. After a series of field tests, the ammunition was adopted as the standard issue for Colt’s M1911. The ammo’s stopping power also made it a favorite of the U.S. Cavalry, and the U.S. Army followed suit. .45 ACP handguns were the official sidearms of the U.S. military throughout World War I and World War II, and up until they were replaced by the 9mm in 1985.
The .45 ACP was well matched to the 1911 handgun. In 1918, it was adapted to be used in John T. Thompson’s .45 machine gun. The “Tommy Gun” was invented to be used as a trench gun during WWI and perfected during WWII.
The .45 ACP has a long and storied history. It has been used in many conflicts including Anzio, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, and the Tet Offensive. It was a favorite round at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and commonly used by Bonnie & Clyde and John Dillinger.
ACP for Self-Defense
Most people think of civilians when they think of “self-defense.” However, law enforcement officers have the ultimate job when it comes to defending themselves as well as others. When it comes to self-defense, how does one choose the perfect .45 ACP ammo? The uppermost factor is stopping power. Officers must be sure that their rounds are going to stop targets in their tracks. Other factors include accuracy and reliability.
The Best .45 ACP for Law Enforcement
These are the top choices for .45 ACP ammo for law enforcement as well as for personal protection. Each round on this list has been tested using stringent ballistics testing techniques.
Winchester 230-Grain Ranger T-Series
The Winchester T-Series features a hollow-point bullet in a reverse tapered jacket that has six “talons” designed to expand upon impact. It is designed to expand even after penetrating though tough barriers or heavy clothing. The round is also available in a +P load. The T-series is a top choice for American law enforcement officers.
Federal 230-Grain HST
The Federal HST is an extremely popular round for law enforcement and self-defense. It is one step up from Federal’s Hydra-Shok bullet which dominated the market for many years. The HST is used in many different calibers from the .380 Auto to the .45 ACP. Despite the fact that it is not a bonded bullet, it is currently one of the most popular rounds used by law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
Another Federal round worth mentioning is the Guard Dog line. While not as powerful as the HST, it is a solid choice for self-defense.
Remington 185-Grain Golden Saber +P
Remington Golden Saber +P uses a lighter bullet with 185 -grains. The light weight means that it has the highest muzzle velocity of the cartridges on the list. The Jacketed Hollow Point ammo hits the target hard. It offers deep penetration and reliable expansion without the danger of over-penetration. It’s a solid choice.
Magtech 230-Grain Bonded
Magtech First Defense Bonded ammunition uses a JHP bullet with a lead core bonded to the jacket. The bond means the bullet is less likely to separate from the jacket when striking a solid object. It is also likely to experience deeper penetration and expansion after impact.
Speer 185-Grain Gold Dot
The Speer Gold Dot line was specifically designed in the 1990s for law enforcement. Gold Dot bullets are bonded, which greatly reduces core-jacket separation. They also have an outstanding reputation for deep penetration, high weight retention, and reliable expansion. Speer Gold Dot is at the top of the list for many law enforcement agencies.
Speer 230-Grain Gold Dot Short Barrel
Similar to the 185-grain Gold Dot, Speer’s 230-grain Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel load uses a heaver-weight bullet. This design gives premium performance when used with shorter-barreled handguns. It is a top choice for concealed carry.
Federal Law Enforcement 45 ACP AUTO Ammo 230 Grain +P HST JHP
Federal is known for manufacturing quality ammunition with cutting edge technology. Federal’s LE line was designed specifically for law enforcement. The tip is designed not to plug upon impact with tough barriers or layers of heavy clothing. It offers deep penetration and terminal performance.
Hornady 200gr XTP
Hornady is known for its Critical Defense, often touted as an excellent self-defense round. That is true, however, the 200-grain XTP bullet is one step above due to its superior accuracy, reliable penetration, and expansion. The XTP features serrations in the bullet and a strategically weakened jacket that assists with expansion.
For more info about the .45 ACP and its other uses, check out The Best .45 ACP Ammo For Self-Defense, Target Shooting, and More.
Fate has a way of stepping in at the right moment. Giulio Fiocchi discovered fate when he went to collect on an overdue loan made by his bank in 1876.
A bank in Milan, Italy employed Fiocchi as an accountant and he was sent to Lecco to visit the deliquent manufacturer of muskets and black powder. Fiocchi researched the company’s ability to pay the loan and found it was not possible. The accountant returned to Milan thinking about the opportunity to buy the bankrupt company. Giulio spoke with his brother Giacomo and, together, the men decided to go into the ammunition business. Fiocchi’s bank lent money to the brothers to begin their business, Giulio Fiocchi Enterprises.
Never Say Die
The Fiocchi brothers founded Fiocchi Ammunition (Fiocchi Munizioni in Italian) at the right time in history. The breech-loader had replaced the muzzle-loader, so Fiocchi began to make reloadable primer cases. Black powder went the way of the dinosaur, and Fiocchi adapted once again.
Pre-war, Fiocchi was dedicated to making ammunition for sport shooting and hunting. During World War I they had the opportunity to produce ammo for the Italian army. The Fiocchi factory was seized by Germans in World War II, but the employees were able to hold them off on the ground. However, the employees failed to keep Allied planes from destroying the factory.
The Fiocchi family rebuilt a new factory in 1946. This enabled Fiocchi to make more advanced ammunition, encouraging expansion and new partnerships through the 1950s and 1960s.
Initially they were throwing away its scrap metal. The company found a way of recouping the money spent on the metal. In addition to manufacturing ammo, the company began to make metal snaps. The garment industry bought the snaps which became a staple in fashion. One of the largest clothing manufacturers in the world bought the snap manufacturing business in the 1980s.
Fiocchi gave to the community that supported his manufacturing operations. In 1904, the company built houses for its workers to ensure that they had nice places to live. They also provided childcare and medical care to their employees and still do to this day.
Fiocchi of America, Inc.
Fiocchi came to the U.S. in a roundabout way. In the 1950s, the company shared a factory with Smith & Wesson in Illinois. The companies had disagreements and Fiocchi sold its shares, halting their presence in the Americas. Then in 1980, Carlo Fiocchi, the great-grandson of Giulio Fiocchi, came to the United States on his honeymoon. Carlo researched the possibility of the company’s return to the U.S. and, in 1983, Fiocchi of America began to import products.
Consumers bought ammunition faster than it could be imported from Italy. Carlo met with Paolo Fiocchi, the company president, to discuss building a manufacturing plant stateside. History repeated itself when Fiocchi purchased land from a farmer that had been unable to pay his mortgage. The locals embraced Fiocchi as they provided good jobs for the region. Today, the company sells over 75 percent of the company’s U.S. sales at that plant. Fiocchi is proud of its slogan, “Italian by birth, American by choice.”
In the mid-1990s, Swiss-German arms manufacturer SIG Sauer teamed up with Federal Cartridge (now Federal Premium Ammunitions) to develop a new cartridge to rival the .357 Magnum. The team designed the .357 SIG after the .357 Mag to duplicate the performance of the .357 Mag while offering shooters a higher cartridge capacity to be used in semi-automatic pistols. The target audience was law enforcement, which never fully embraced the new round.
Development of the .357 SIG
The .357 SIG ammo was introduced in 1994, only four years after the S&W released their .40 cal. The .40 S&W had been commissioned by the FBI after the 1986 Miami shootout in which two agents were killed and five were wounded. The FBI had requested a new load that would have the power of a .45 with lower recoil and faster reloading time. Although the .40 S&W wasn’t a perfect replacement, it was readily adopted by law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S.
At that time, neither law enforcement agencies nor the public was ready to embrace another round for a semi-automatic weapon. Therefore, the .357 SIG never caught on despite its superior performance record.
SIG designed the original of .357 SIG ammo was .357”, but then reduced the overall size to .355”, making it easier to reload. SIG created the first bottleneck commercial handgun cartridge manufactured since the early 1960s. Like the .357 Mag, it uses a bullet with 125 grains. It boasts an average velocity of 1,450 FPS and muzzle energy that exceeds 500 ft. lbs. The shoulder is alpha/2=18 degrees. The common riflingtwist rate is 406 mm (1 in 16 in), 6 grooves, Ø lands=8.71 mm, Ø grooves=9.02 mm, land width=2.69 mm. The primer type is small pistol.
Who Uses a .357 SIG?
The performance and smaller dimensions of the .357 SIG should make it a more popular cartridge among law enforcement, but it has never caught on. Many officers have chosen to adapt to a 9 mm Parabellum for their standard sidearm. It is a preferred round for many target shooters and those interested in home defense and self-defense. Unlike some smaller rounds, the .357 SIG is capable of causing hydrostatic shock, disabling, or even fatally wounding its targets upon impact.
Many large law enforcement agencies supply their officers with .357 SIG ammunition. Officers use the ammo in SIG Sauer models and Glock pistols. The Texas Highway Patrol adopted the round in 1995. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) followed suit. They had previously given their troopers a choice between the SIG Sauer P220 in .45 ACP or the SIG Sauer P226 in 9mm. From 1998-2013, The DPS issued the SIG Sauer P226 chambered in .357 SIG as a standard sidearm for its commissioned officers.
Civil Asset Forfeiture is not a new thing. It has been a part of international law for centuries. British military seized booty stolen by pirates on the open seas. Customs officials confiscated goods from smugglers. As a result of limited resources and murky borders, military, and law enforcement seemed to have little choice if they wanted to stop illegal activity.
Civil asset forfeiture has taken a turn for the worst, letting law enforcement agents seize property without proof of any crime. In most cases, the owner of the property will never get it back. People that fight the system spend thousands of dollars in legal fees without any guarantees. Defendants cannot have legal counsel, causing many to give up the fight before they’ve begun. Many believe that policing for profit has gone too far, but lack the information to fight back.
Civil asset forfeiture laws vary widely from state to state. Lawmakers have introduced bills to change the law to protect citizens. Lawmakers are studying federal laws. The statistics below are as of 2018:
Federal court and 35 states require the owner to prove his innocence.
In 5 states, laws depend on the type of property seized.
In 10 states and the District of Columbia, the government has the burden of proof.
Some states require citizens fighting asset forfeiture to pay the state’s legal fees.
In 25 states, law enforcement keeps 100 percent of forfeited assets. In nine states, law enforcement retains 80 percent or more of seized assets.
Several states are taking steps to restore rights to their people. The judiciary is speaking out against civil asset forfeiture on a regular basis. In June 2017, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of civil asset forfeiture victims. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas vehemently opposed civil asset forfeiture during a case in March 2017.
Recent reforms by the state include:
In April 2017, the Arizona State Legislature unanimously passed a bill on civil asset reform. Lawmakers were not clear on the new law, but it raises the burden of proof for law enforcement agencies.
In January 2017, a new law took effect requiring a criminal conviction before seizing any assets valued less than $40,000.
Connecticut requires an arrest before assets can be seized. Assets must be returned unless there is a guilty plea or conviction.
The State of Georgia passed a modest civil asset forfeiture law in 2015. The law requires transparency and that funds raised from forfeiture must be used directly for law enforcement. Despite the reform, Georgia remains at the top of states with the worst civil asset forfeiture laws.
The state legislature passed bill SF 874, requiring a criminal conviction or an admission of guilt in order to seize assets. The state is now responsible for the burden of proof.
The state legislature passed a sweeping reform requiring a criminal conviction for asset forfeiture. Additionally, the asset forfeiture fund is attached to the state’s general fund instead of the seizing police department.
In June 2017, Pennsylvania passed a law creating innocent owner protections and increasing the burden of proof on police departments involved in civil asset forfeiture cases. The law requires a hearing before property can be seized.
State Representative and former state trooper Barrett Rich introduced a bill requiring a warrant for seizure, but was voted down. An amended version was passed, requiring an immediate hearing for property owners.
Texas Citizens Fight Back
Texas has the worst civil asset forfeiture laws in the United States. Horror stories abound regarding forfeiture. Texas Appleseed, a criminal justice reform advocacy group, has released a guide showing citizens how to fight back. Lawyers created a free toolkit for citizens. Defendants can use sample pleadings to fight forfeiture in court.
Jacqueline M. Allen, an attorney with Dykema, helped the group create the toolkit. “People in civil asset forfeiture cases do not have the right to court-appointed counsel, so this toolkit is designed to empower people with the knowledge they need to get their property back if they cannot afford to hire an attorney and if they cannot find free legal help.”
You may think it’s impossible to protect yourself against civil asset forfeiture. However, it’s not always the case. Below are tips that can help to protect you and your property:
Establish innocent ownership. You should require renters to sign a lease with a clause stating that illegal conduct is prohibited on your property.
Do thorough background checks on renters and house sitters.
Exercise dominion over your property. You should visit your rental property regularly and keep documentation of the visits.
If you carry large amounts of cash, obtain fresh bills from your bank. Nearly 90% of all money has drug deposits on it, which can be used as evidence of criminal activity.
Record actions taken to prevent illegal activity on any property that you own or rent.
Merriam Webster defines asymmetrical warfare as “warfare that is between opposing forces which differ greatly in military power and that typically involves the use of unconventional weapons and tactics (such as those associated with guerrilla warfare and terrorist attacks).”
The term is linked to “guerrilla warfare,” “insurgency,” and “terrorism.” It is a violent conflict between a military faction and a less formal, and less equipped, but motivated opponent.
Traditionally, when two factions go to war, the sides tend to be “symmetrical,” i.e., equally matched in experience, weaponry, resources, and technology. The main difference between the two is their strategy and execution. In asymmetrical warfare, the sides are not equal. The military is well trained; it uses a centralized base, and is well resourced. The “weaker” side, typically non-military, does not have a centralized base or the same caliber of training. While these facts make the stronger side the apparent victor, that is not always the case.
Asymmetrical or militia warfare is not a new concept, nor is it connected only to the Western world. There is a multitude of history on citizens revolting against a government, tyrannical or otherwise. In fact, the first written reference details England’s 1181 Assize of Arms:
“He will possess these arms and will bear allegiance to the Lord King, Henry, namely the son of Empress Maud, and that he will bear these arms in his service according to his order and in allegiance to the lord king and his realm.”
The concept carries through countless battles throughout Europe as well as parts of Eastern Civilization. When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, they included one of the aspects that allowed them to win the Revolutionary War – asymmetrical warfare in the form of militia.
“Congress shall have the power to: provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.”
The Second Amendment added: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Modern-day militias are categorized in a different way as loyalties splinter. While some fight against the tyranny or government, others single out specific groups in a xenophobic fashion. Still others commit acts against foreign governments. Asymmetrical warfare, guerrilla warfare, and terrorism are often synonymous. However, by definition, they are not the same thing. One of the main differences is that terrorists prey upon innocent victims.
A major difference between symmetrical and asymmetrical warfare is the use of tactics. The military faction relies on political threats, a centralized base, formal communication systems, field training, weapons, government funding, and technology. What the non-military side lacks in formal resources, they often make up for in resolve and strategy. Decentralized communication and resources make it difficult for the enemy to sabotage funds and technology. A standard strategy is to break the resolve of the enemy. This is accomplished by attacking their infrastructure in small ways. Another main benefit, one that has often won the war, is knowing the lay of the land.
Two of the most famous warmongers in history lend their wisdom to this topic.
Sun Tzu, author of the oft-quoted The Art of War, firmly believed that knowing the area in which a war was waged was vital, as was the potential dangers and distance: “Those who do battle without knowing these will lose.”
Likewise, Chairman Mao Zedong stated, “The guerrillas must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.”
Militia tends to fight in the area in which they live and have trained. Knowing the terrain and its characteristics, hills, valleys, rivers, swamps, temperatures, wildlife, woods, and roadways, has won many wars. There are areas in which technology, including GPS, will offer little if any, help. Firsthand knowledge is key. It allows the rebels to hide, plan sneak attacks, plan multiple escape routes, or lure the enemy into treacherous territory. These tactics apply in both rural and urban areas.
In the American Revolutionary War, Patriot Lieutenant Colonel Francis Marion, a.k.a. the “Swamp Fox,” used knowledge of the South Carolina wilderness to confuse British forces.
In 1941, Yugoslav Partisans formed a militia throughout mountain villages and fought against the Third Reich by using knowledge of the rough terrain to survive. They forced their enemies back, managing to recover resources and grow into the Yugoslav Army.
There is a lot of information out there about protecting yourself at home, but little about self-defense in unfamiliar places. It can be tricky if you don’t know the lay of the land, especially in a foreign country. Whether you are out and about alone or with friends or family, it always pays to take certain precautions:
Park in well-lit areas.
Keep valuables out of reach of passersby.
Don’t go into strange areas alone at night.
Carry car keys in your hand when walking to your car.
Remain a minimum of a foot away from your car if you are unlocking it manually. (Some thieves will wait underneath a person’s car and grab their legs to pull them to the ground.)
Never flash money. Keep small bills on the outside if bills are folded over to dissuade thieves from thinking you have a lot of cash.
For women, always hold your purse by the body and not just the strap – thieves will cut the strap and make off the with the goods. Chances of catching them are almost nil.
Carry defense spray on your key chain for emergencies.
If you are in a foreign country, program emergency numbers into your phone to save precious moments in a time of crisis.
Carry a concealed weapon when possible.
Awareness and Avoidance
It’s crucial to be aware of your surroundings. This is especially true if you are in an unfamiliar situation – a strange city, foreign country, etc. Danger doesn’t always come from the creepy guy on the corner, or someone who happens to be walking down the same street. It can be the person sitting next to you at dinner who steals your credit card or someone casually walking through a parking lot at a shopping mall. Pay attention to your personal space. If someone is invading it when it isn’t necessary, move away. Part of self-defense is avoiding dangerous situations. Avoid talking on the phone while walking through potentially unsafe areas as it will distract you from your surroundings.
There are times when confrontation cannot be avoided. Know how to protect yourself. Taking a self-defense class is paramount. If traveling with your family, teach children what to do in case of emergency. You can practice together to take away the fear factor.
If you are unarmed and confronted by someone with a gun who demands your money or jewelry, give it to them. Those items can be replaced; your life isn’t worth the risk. Make a mental note of the mugger so you can recall those details when reporting to the police.
If you are on equal ground and neither of you is carrying a weapon, fight dirty. Remember the following acronym: SING. Hit the person in the Solar plexus, stomp on his Instep, smash in his Nose, and lastly, hit him in the Groin. Nose, eyes and throat should be the first choice – if the mugger can’t see or breathe, he’s going to stop the attack. The groin, while common, may not be as effective if the person has been using substances. He simply won’t have the same pain reaction as someone who is sober.
Where appropriate and legal, carrying a concealed weapon may be your best line of defense. You also want to know how to handle a gun properly, so taking safety classes is a must. Also, be aware that the best weapon for a woman may not be the same as for a man. Do your research and find out which is the best gun for you. As always, drawing a weapon should be the last resort and, if you pull it, be prepared to use it.
The increased awareness of violence in our society has been the impetus for citizens taking measures for protection whether it’s on the street, in a public venue, or in the safety of one’s home. Self-defense is the act of protecting oneself from harm. This generally means an act of aggression on the part of another. There are various forms of self-defense from calling law enforcement to avoidance, confrontation, and at times, the use of a weapon. Each has its benefit, but you should use the utmost care and intention. The decision of which method of self-defense to use is vital and depends upon the situation and the individuals.
In many cases, calling law enforcement is the best form of self-defense. Officers can deal with most situations in an effective manner. This may be the wisest choice if someone is prowling outside the home or following you on the street. There are times, however, when calling law enforcement may not be the best option. This is especially true if someone confronts you with violent conflict or police are not immediately available in your area.
Self-defense techniques vary widely from carrying a personal alarm to verbal de-escalation, although most people think of martial arts when it comes to physical self-defense. Most communities have programs wherein basic self-defense classes are offered. Gyms, martial arts schools, and community centers are good places to start when looking for training classes. Programs typically combine forms of martial arts to teach students how to avoid dangerous situations, get out of choke holds, or disarm a perpetrator. When considering a class, be sure that the instructor is qualified to teach and can offer the best instruction based on your physical health and situation. Once the class is over, don’t file away the information and forget it. Practice with family and friends to stay prepared.
Armed self-defense is common, particularly in a person’s home environment. However, with weapons there’s a chance that someone can get hurt. The most common form of armed self-defense is the use of a handgun. While it may be the most effective, the user needs to know how and when to use the weapon. An untrained person is far more dangerous than a criminal and more often than not will cause unnecessary damage.
Before choosing a handgun, do your homework. Research popular calibers and brands to learn which might be the best fit and then visit a reputable dealer who can give professional advice. Obviously, you will want to take safety training classes and practice on a regular basis even after you feel comfortable handling a weapon. Lastly, when it comes to using a weapon for self-defense, don’t ever pull it unless you intend to use it. And if you use it, make it count because you might not get another shot.
If you carry concealed, consider Wednesday, December 6, 2017, a good day. The United States House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, voting 231 to 198. The vote went almost straight through party lines, with only 14 republicans voting nay and six democrats voting in favor of the second amendment supporting bill.
But what does H.R. 38 (and its Senate partner S. 446) do and what does it mean for those who carry concealed?
What to Know About the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
It Protects the 2nd Amendment
Perhaps the most important aspect of H.R. 38, this bill protects the second amendment right to bear arms. Without this bill, law-abiding, CC-permit-carrying gun owners were limited in their ability to provide personal self defense when crossing some state lines. While some states already offered reciprocity, many did not. This lack of reciprocity means that even after going through the process to get a CC license or permit, you could break the law just by crossing state lines. Yet with the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, if you have a valid permit or license from one state, it’s valid across all state lines. This holds true even when entering a “May-Issue” state, which have stricter gun laws, such as California and New York.
It Strengthens Federal Background Checks
While gun-control supporters may see H.R. 38 as loosening gun restrictions, that’s not quite the case. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act includes the Fix NICS Act, which strengthens federal background checks completed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The bipartisan bill penalizes agencies that fail to report criminal records to the FBI and gives incentives for those who improve reporting. It also uses federal funds to ensure those charged with domestic violence get reported.
It Makes CC Permits More Like Driver’s Licenses
When you become licensed to drive in Pennsylvania, you can drive in any state within the US, as long as you have your license on you and abide by the laws in the state you’re currently in. With the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, your CC license or permit will have similar rights and regulations. Those who have already completed the process of getting a CC permit in their own state can cross state lines with their concealed carry weapon as long as they follow the rules of the state they’re in, have their valid CC permit or license on their person, and carry a valid form of identification.
Things H.R. 38 Doesn’t Do
Regardless of how someone spins it, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 does:
NOT make it easier for someone to purchase a gun
NOT give those who shouldn’t carry access to guns
NOT provide criminals with guns
NOT increase gun violence*
*Research shows that, as a whole, people who obtain their concealed carry permits tend to be more law-abiding than the general public, and even the police.
When it comes to self defense weapons, there’s more out there than mace and oversized flashlights. Maybe you don’t think you’re at risk, so protecting yourself doesn’t seem necessary. Perhaps you think carrying one weapon, say a mini revolver, is enough to protect you, regardless of what happens.
But what if an attacker comes from behind? What happens if he kicks your gun out of your hand?
Don’t leave yourself vulnerable. These four self defense weapons can keep you safe in a variety of situations.
Concealed Carry Firearm
While you shouldn’t solely relay on a pistol for self defense, don’t leave home without one. If you’re unsure what’s the best self defense gun for women, choose one you can control, but still has stopping power. And always use self defense ammunition.
If you need a self defense weapon in close range, you may not have time to draw your handgun. In these cases, go for a good quality tactical knife. Find one that’s lightweight and has at least a three inch blade for self defense. Chances are you won’t kill someone with a knife, but in a tight situation, you can cut and run, getting out of the situation as fast as you can.
In some cases, you may not want to use your firearm, or even your knife. Maybe you don’t have your gun on you or maybe you know your perpetrator. Over 80% of rape victims know their assailant. Pepper spray is easy, quick, and more effective than you may think. It works just as good on dogs as it does people, and you can spray it behind you as you run away. But remember, pepper spray doesn’t stop your attacker. It only slows them.
A keychain weapon, a kubaton (sometimes kubotan) is made from a hard plastic or metal, no more than 5.5 inches long, and about a half inch in diameter. You can use it strike an attacker or to apply extreme leverage or pressure. These self defense weapons blend in with your keys and others rarely notice them as a striker. What’s more, when your kubaton’s on your key ring, you always have it nearby.
When it comes to self defense, you spent a lot of time deciding what gun to choose. Whether you opted for a snubnose revolver or 1911 pistol, a 9mm or .45, you researched which would be best for you and your needs and, ideally, even tried a few out before deciding. But did you do the same with your self defense ammo? Or did you just pull some off the shelf and fill your clip? Worse yet, are you walking around with range shells?
What You Need in Self Defense Ammo
When you have a self defense weapon, you have it to protect yourself. And to protect yourself, you need to be able to stop a threat, as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
Frankly, some bullets can’t make those kinds of promises.
That’s why you need good self defense ammunition, it has what range ammo doesn’t. Stopping power.
Full Metal Jacket vs. Hollow Points
When you’re looking at handgun bullets, you have two options: full metal jacket (FMJ) or hollow point.
The lead bullet in a FMJ is totally encased in a hard metal, forcing it to keep its form as it propels towards its target. Upon impact, a FMJ bullet mostly holds its shape and penetrates deeply.
The lead bullet in a hollow point is only partially covered in metal. When shot, these bullets hold their shape while travelling. Once they impact their target, the lead expands, causing the bullet to both slow down and grow in diameter. This leads to a larger impact area and less penetration.
Which is exactly what you want in a self defense situation. The hollow point solves two problems. First, it increases your bullet’s stopping power, making a 9mm and even a .380, powerful enough for self defense.
Second, self defense ammunition expands on impact, significantly slowing its penetration. In a confined or public setting, where self defense situations are likely to occur, this is a big deal. FMJ bullets like to travel, strong and fast, and sometimes pass through their target, potentially putting others in harm’s way. With hollow point bullets, over penetration isn’t an issue.
If have a self defense weapon, carry self defense ammo. You’re not protecting yourself if you don’t.
We live in the world of great uncertainties. Anyone can observe this fact. Danger could be lurking anywhere and it is easy to see why so many people feel unsafe. Since the beginning of the 21st century, a multitude of new problems has appeared. In many regions of the world, conflicts are spawning terrorism and global insecurity. This also creates a huge overflow of illegal weapons.
At the same time, economic hardship and financial insecurity are a factor. People are continually pushed into a life of crime, where they often get their hands on those illegal weapons. These are then used in scenarios like robberies, carjackings, muggings and most frighteningly, home invasions and residential attacks.
These are especially gruesome and terrifying because they take place in and around the victim’s home. This is the place where they and their families should feel most secure. This is the exact reason where there is a need for an effective home self defense tool that could save lives if residents of any home should face an imminent threat or some other serious danger. These tools are handguns and with one of these, everyone could sleep tight and not worry about their safety.
Advantages to Handguns
Handguns have many advantages when it comes to being a reliable self-defense ally. With a minimal amount of training, anyone can learn how to handle and used them, even in the case of an emergency. On the other hand, all handguns present a formidable force in any enclosed space like a house or an apartment. In this kind of an environment, any single attacker or even multiple intruders that would come across a person with a loaded handgun can be stopped right in their tracks.
At the same time, getting everything needed for this defensive tool was never easier. There are many options for choosing the most suitable handgun. The market for handguns is huge and many of these have different characteristics when it comes to performance, magazine size, weight and so forth, but all of them are more than effective in a home self-defense role.
The same fact is also true for their ammo. Today, everyone can find ammo online and purchase the amount and type they need while the same is true for classes and training on using and handling guns. Because of these factors, getting a handgun and learning how to use it was never more accessible.
Looking at all of these advantages of owning a handgun and using it as a home self defense tool, it is clear that with one of them, every individual or family can feel much safer in their place of residence.