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Ammunition

Bullets: Chunky and Slow vs. Fast and Light

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.

Gear tree with rifle, shotgun, plate carrier and gear belt

Firearms

AR-15 Choices for Home Defense

I am a belt and suspenders kind of guy when it comes to certain things. Home defense is one of them. Because of that, I like several options sitting by the bedside for dealing with social work, like evicting home invaders. There is a gear tree that sits 3 feet away from my nightstand that holds my 3-gun belt, my plate carrier and two long guns. One of those guns is an AR-15, and that is what we will focus on today.

Walther CCP handgun showing a failure to feed

Safety and Training

Proofing Self-Defense Guns

How many times have you heard a friend or relative talk of owning a gun they had never fired, yet relied on it for defense? They bought the gun, loaded it, and locked it away for an emergency. Or, just as bad, they carried the gun for self-defense without function firing it to ensure it would tolerate a steady diet of the intended self-defense ammunition. Any gun may be better than no gun, but I would not want to bet my life on it when it is so easy, and fun, to proof at the range!

CCI .22 LR Velocitor ammunition box with bolt action rifle

Ammunition

Is the .22 LR Suitable for Defense?

Most victims meet the perpetrator, at least in part, through some action of their own. Some students want to qualify for NRA courses or concealed carry with .22 pistols. That’s ok for beginners as the .22 is the most excellent training cartridge we have. However, using the .22 Long Rifle cartridge for defense requires quite a stretch, but there is some merit and history to consider.

Old long barrel revolver

Ammunition

Add Some P For Extra Zip!

Plus P (+P) ammo comes highly recommended to load in your personal defense firearm. But there are many who find the higher pressures, larger muzzle flash and more muzzle flip a little too much for arthritic and injured hands or wrists. What is one to do if +P is just too much? Will normal self-defense ammo do the trick? Gun blogger and firearms instructor, James R. Rummel specializes in training those who have hand injuries and in this article he explains the differences in standard pressure and +P ammo….do you think it will be subtle or not?

Picture shows a handgun round with shiny case and a black bullet.

Ammunition

Black Talon and Today’s Best Self-Defense Ammo

Many believe the Winchester’s Black Talon was one of the greatest self-defense rounds ever designed. Due to controversy and a couple of high-profile public shootings, Winchester chose to discontinue the Black Talon in 2000. The Black Talon was innovative. However, today’s modern hollow-point bullets are better for self-defense than the Black Talon. Read about the Black Talon history and find the best self-defense ammo for you in this article.