When choosing ammunition for personal defense there are many considerations. The balance of expansion and penetration must be maintained. Penetration must never be compromised. It remains the single most important terminal consideration. Cartridge integrity is even more important. The cartridge must ignite reliably and feature both a good primer seal and cartridge case mouth seal. Cartridges intended for revolvers must feature a good crimp that maintains a hold on the bullet during recoil.
The choice of different loads is of great importance—as important as the gun and the holster. When the social atmosphere becomes charged and needs “clearing,” a caliber and load combination must be adequate for the task. I have met a number of proponents of one cartridge or another that give themselves much unnecessary credit for their choices.
A caliber and load that is easy to handle with a minimum of practice isn’t my primary choice. Some effort is needed to master an effective cartridge. I first like to know more about the adversary. I have looked over both ends of a gun barrel more than once and felt the hard push of a bullet as it goes home. It isn’t something anyone in their right mind wishes to repeat, and I understand the demands placed on the shooter, the handgun and the ammunition.
You wish to be as well armed and well prepared as possible. Every consideration of performance and considerable personal experimentation, has led to my announcement that OATH Ammunition has my recommendation. OATH Ammunition offers service-grade ammunition with good performance.
OATH Ammunition offers loads designed to reduce recoil by using lightweight projectiles that offer good penetration and terminal performance with solid copper projectiles. The bullets are well designed and offer remarkable consistency. I have primarily tested OATH Ammunition with 9mm and .357 Magnum loads, and found them to be high quality, accurate, and with good wound potential.
The Magnum, as an example, offers unique ballistics. A 100-grain bullet is used in the .357 Magnum load. Velocity is over 1400 fps. This is fast enough to instigate expansion, but recoil is less than a 125-grain load at the same velocity.
The OATH load offers a ‘fracturing’ bullet. The all-copper bullet features longitudinal cuts that result in the bullet opening in a wide petal formation when it meets resistance. In test media, these bullets demonstrated excellent expansion. I have tested the .357 Mangum load and found it reliable and accurate.
Accuracy results, fired at 25 yards, are listed below. The groups are 2 groups of five shots each. The average accuracy is recorded.
|Colt Trooper 4-inch barrel||1410 fps||1.4 inches|
|Traditions 1873 4.75-inch barrel||1449 fps||2.0 inches|
9mm Oath Performance
The 9mm 110-grain load will break about 1,200 fps from the 5-inch High Power I often carry. I particularly like the polymer ball encased in the hollow nose to ensure feed reliability in any handgun. The polymer ball should also help instigate expansion.
The 9mm load is pleasant to fire and accurate. These loads have promise. The balance of expansion and penetration is good and as you can see from the accompanying images, performance is good to excellent.
Accuracy, 9mm OATH
|Browning High Power||1212 fps||2.65 inches|
|CZ P01||1170 fps||2.0 inches|
These OATH loads feature good accuracy and less recoil than is expected for the caliber. They are good enough to ride with.