Federal Syntech ammunition box

Review: Federal Syntech — Training Ammunition Perfection

Ammunition manufacturers have made great strides when it comes to hunting and self-defense ammunition. Training ammunition however, has (or had) progressed little. Oh sure, your can buy steel case ammunition or remanufactured ammunition at a decent price, but I am talking about training ammunition that still maintains its price point, but offers a technological advantage. Federal offers a practice load that, surprisingly, to few shooter’s have experienced or understand the advantages of. The American Eagle Syntech is well worth your time and effort to obtain and use.

Gallon water jugs exploding from hydrostatic shock of a bullet strike

Review: Speer 10mm Personal Defense Load

Among the most powerful and useful cartridges for self-loading handguns is the 10mm Auto. With a long reach and flat shooting characteristics, the 10mm is an accurate number in the right handgun. The original 10mm load, generally rated at 200 grains at 1,200 fps, proved to be too hot for both 1911 and CZ 75-type handguns. Today, we have loads that offer 1,180 to 1,200 fps with 150- to 180-grain bullets and 200-grain bullets at 1,100 fps.

Glock G20 Gen4 (top or right), the SIG Sauer P220-10 Match Elite (middle) and the RIA Tac Ultra FS (bottom or left)

3 Top 10mm — SIG, Glock, Rock Island

The 10mm Auto cartridge is being rediscovered. There is new ammunition being manufactured in velocities the 10mm was originally intended for, such as the newer SIG Elite Performance ammo. Firearm manufacturers such as Glock, Rock Island Arsenal (RIA), and SIG Sauer have all answered the call with platforms well suited to this powerhouse cartridge. Which would you choose?

Upset Gorilla Ammunition bullet showing petals

Bullets: Chunky and Slow vs. Fast and Light

Some people worship at the altar of the .45 ACP, as it is the biggest pistol bullet. “I would carry a .46 except they don’t make one. The .45 doesn’t just stop the bad guy; it kills his soul…” and the list of trite sayings goes on and on. Other people proudly proclaim their heresy and pack 15-20 rounds of Euro pellets in their plastic fantastic. “The Army switched from the .45 to the 9mm, so it must be great. The only time you have too many bullets is if you are swimming or on fire. I can miss 2/3 of the time and still get as many hits as your 1911…”

New: Winchester 350 Legend Cartridge

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI), the firearms and ammunition industry’s technical standards-setting organization, is pleased to announce the acceptance of a new cartridge and chamber standard, the 350 Legend (350 LGND), introduced by Winchester Ammunition.

Blazer 9mm ammunition box with Glock pistol

Review: Blazer 9mm Ammunition

CCI is a branch of the Vista Outdoor Company that also owns Federal Cartridge Company and Speer. These are heavy hitters with an excellent reputation in the firearms world. CCI is best known for its success with first-class .22 rimfire ammunition, while the 9mm is simply awesome for range work.

Winchester USA Forged Ammunition box

Review: Winchester Forged 9mm

Some time ago, the inexpensive ammunition market was flooded with foreign-produced steel-cased ammunition. This ammunition was not always consistent, but it was always cheap. Winchester set out to develop an American made loading, offering American powder and bullets with inexpensive steel-cased cartridge cases.

SIG Sauer 1911 handgun with Federal Syntech ammunition

Review: Federal Syntech .45 ACP Ammunition

A few months ago, Federal Ammunition announced American Eagle Syntech—a new concept for range use. While there are many highly-developed loads for personal defense, seldom has much effort been expended in developing range ammunition. American Eagle Syntech is the first range-specific ammunition designed to reduce fouling and extend barrel life with a high-tech polymer bullet coating.

CZ 75 pistol with a Ziplock bag of handloaded bullets

The General Purpose Handload

I get many calls, emails, and letters asking about the ‘best’ handgun load. Unfortunately, many correspondents fail to share the intended mission of the load. This has an influence on the desired bullet weight, velocity, and penetration. As an example, I am perfectly happy to run the .44 Special or .45 Colt with a 255-grain SWC at 700 fps for cowboy action or target practice. If hiking in country in which the big cats or bears may be more than a nuisance, I will run the same bullet up to 1,000 fps.

Hornady ammunition with car windshield with bullet hole

Hornady Critical Duty/Critical Defense

There are few subjects as prone to create an argument as personal defense handguns and calibers. Some have a “devil may care” attitude and deploy anything, stating most are the same, while others go into great, even minute detail, in their testing and choices. I think that everyone should master the personal defense handgun of their choice.

Bug Out Bag Checklist

The Bug-in v. Bug-out Question

I admit, I have been a prepper—to various degrees—for decades. In that regard, my plans have always been to bug out if things got rough. As a former resident of Florida, we always rated things on the hurricane scale. For me, anything more than the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane meant bugging out to higher ground.