Ammunition – a word filled with mystery. When I began my journey into firearms, this subject and the overwhelming confusion that it created was almost enough to stop me in my tracks! What I have come to understand is that it IS confusing! I will try here to demystify and bring into clarity, the basics of what you need to know in regard to defensive ammunition.
Using the wrong ammunition in your firearm is extremely dangerous. You must know the proper ammunition for your firearm. The owners manual that comes with your firearm will tell you exactly which ammunition is safe for your firearm to shoot and many manufacturers make the manuals available online as well.
Handgun ammunition comes in a variety of types and sizes. The one you need for your handgun depends on the caliber of your firearm along with the rounds recommended by the manufacturer. The calibers listed below certainly are not all of them but will give you an overview of each of the most popular and recommended calibers for personal self-defense. Of the numerous calibers of handgun ammunition, the .22, .25 ACP and .32 calibers are generally not considered powerful for self-defense, so are not addressed here
Shotgun ammunition is measured in gauge rather than in caliber and because shotguns are very versatile firearms, ammunition manufactured for them comes in a very wide variety of types and varying sizes and power. The gauge number is on the shotgun ammunition box. Your shotgun ammunition much match the gauge of your shotgun.
When we consider the choice of caliber for our concealed carry gun, we often stick to the well-known choices: .380, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 9 mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. All of these rounds have their pros and cons, and you will find people who will swear by one or the other. The .380 gives you a wide choice of extremely concealable auto-loaders with all different systems of operation. The .38 Special is the round of choice in the ever-popular S&W J-frame snub nose revolver, which has proven itself time and time again as both a primary sidearm and a backup or deep concealment piece.
Your choice of gun for self-defense may be one of the most important decisions you make when preparing to defend yourself, your loved ones, and your home from violent attack. There are many options out there including both long guns and handguns.
There are a lot of different types of bullets out there. In a self-defense situation, some bullets can give an advantage. With each ‘pro‘, there’s usually a ‘con‘. And in the bullet family tree, every round is related by at least a first or second cousin. In this article, we’ll go over a few of the different types of ammunition available. We can’t cover everyone, but we will try to cover the most common varieties.