Many of the modern, name brand bullets in .45 ACP or 9mm will do the job well. This data should help you realize, with the proper bullets, ammunition effectiveness is not nearly as large a concern as it once was. That is not say that all bullets in 9mm or .45 ACP perform the same. This article looks at data from different ammunition tests and picks the 3 top performers for consideration.
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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. Winchester’s USA Forged ammunition was the result.
Over the past century, many gun makers have offered their own branded ammunition. Among the most successful have been Remington and Winchester. A few makers have offered ammunition made by outside vendors, including Smith and Wesson and Taurus. In these cases, things did not go as well. Browning, however, is another story.
Should you carry the most expensive handgun you own or a beater? Some say carry a cheap handgun if you have a cheap life. One camp like to carry a showpiece, while the other wants to have a safe queen in pristine condition. In the end, it is reliability that counts most. Anyway you slice it, Wilson’s Combat EDC X9 is a gun worth betting your life on.
If you like the SIG you will like this gun. You might even find a number of improvements at a great price! Now we have a compact Rex Zero, and it is a good shooter.
Walther’s CCP has generated a lot of attention. Light, attractive, and with the Walther name, the pistol was designed to compete with the Glock 43 9mm and similar sized handguns for personal defense. However, not all ammunition ran smoothly for the author. Read the full review.
The secret to PowerStrike is its High Energy Transfer (H.E.T.) technology. PowerStrike is a Lead-Free powder metal High Energy Transfer (H.E.T.) round designed to create controlled penetrating fragmentation in soft targets. It is excellent for hunting small, large and dangerous game as it can penetrate thick bone and hide. For tactical applications, it can penetrate light barriers to reach the target while still fragmenting inside the target. Read the full review.
When it comes to personal defense ammunition, we all want the most for our dollar and a load that maximizes the caliber. This is especially true with the popular 9mm Luger cartridge. A number of manufacturers offer target grade loads, hunting loads, and personal defense loads. DoubleTap ammunition offers personal defense loads, and they do it as well as anyone and better than most.
Those familiar with Bob Campbell’s writing, knows he is a .45 ACP guy all the way, so why is he calling the 9mm “Every Man’s Defensive Caliber?” It’s simple. He believes, ‘Unlike some advocates of the 9mm, I do not ignore physics and claim the 9mm is as effective as the .40 or .45 caliber pistols. Of course it isn’t, because it cannot be. Physics cannot be changed. However, the balance of power and controllability is ideal for most shooters.”