A Close Look At: Ammunition

Sure-Shootin’, Hard-Hittin’ Handgun Ammo.

I don’t care if you’re shooting at paper or steel, bull elk, bear, Buicks or bad guys, there’s ammo out there purpose-built to meet your needs. I suspect many of you are like me, in that I’m not real picky about bulk blastin’ ammo, but I carefully select ammo for specific applications like in-home defense — and “second best” just doesn’t cut it. But you don’t have to settle for second best, ya lucky dog, not with all these great choices!

hornady ammo

What’s an ammo company to do when they’ve already got a handful of the top defensive handgun rounds in the industry? Make another one, of course! Hornady’s Critical Defense loads use nickel cases and low-flash propellants designed to deliver maximum velocity even from short barrels, topped off with FTX slugs. The polymer insert is rigid enough it won’t clog-up when penetrating heavy clothing, but soft enough to deliver extreme terminal performance when it hits soft tissue. Now available in .380, .38 Special and 9mm, it’s made specifically to meet the needs of concealed-carry shooters.

black hills

Here’s another highly-engineered slug loaded by a company whose name says “reliability” of the utter-and-absolute variety: Black Hills is now stuffing deep hollowpoint 100 percent copper Barnes Tac-XP bullets in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP rounds. Tac-XP’s maintain original weight and track straight through barriers like car doors, plywood and windshield glass, making them a top choice for both law enforcement and you too.


Got a Kel-Tec PMR-30, a S&W Model 351 PD, or a Ruger New Model “Single-Nine” you might need to stop somethin’ bigger than a bunny with? The new Winchester PDX1 Defender 22 in .22 WMR is designed for optimal penetration and maximum expansion. The jacketed hollowpoint 40-gr. slug leaps out at 1,295 fps from a 4″ barrel, combining zip with punch!


Looking for a deep penetrating, reliably expanding .460 S&W load for elk, moose and big bear? Buffalo Bore has the round for you, a Buffalo Barnes loaded with the 275-gr. solid copper Barnes XP slug. Exiting the muzzle at 2,200 fps, this flyin’ sledge hammer doesn’t drop under Mach 1 for 380 yards! The Buffalo Barnes box reads “Strictly Business,” and this round gets the business done.


New for 2013, CorBon expands its already broad line of DPX handgun rounds with the 95-gr. DPX 9mm load. A top performer in lighter pistols, it delivers the penetration of a heavy slug with the expansion and lower recoil of a lightweight. Solid copper with a hollowpoint you could sip brandy out of, the slug is — you guessed it — another Barnes barrier-buster.

guard dog

For home defense nothin’ beats a trusty guard dog, and Federal Premium Guard Dog Home Defense rounds can earn your trust too. Designed for maximum expansion while minimizing penetration and ricochet upon striking typical residential wall construction, their unique EFMJ — Expanding Full Metal Jacket — uses a sure-feeding non-hollowpoint jacket over an expanding polymer filler. Available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, it’s an ideal load for your bedside buddy-gun.


If war ever breaks out between the Italians and the Japanese, it will undoubtedly be over who are bigger fans of the Wild West and “Cowboy Culture.” Fiocchi has been making ammunition since 1877, and all their expertise — and love of the American West — shows in Fiocchi USA’s Cowboy Shooting Ammo. Offered in eight handgun calibers from .32 S&W Long to .44-40 and .45 Colt, it’s made true to cowboy traditions — except the dud rounds that plagued our predecessor-pistoleros. Shiny and sure-shootin’, give it a try!
By John Connor
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2 thoughts on “A Close Look At: Ammunition


    still trying to find maker of isw holster , mr.john conner jan/feb issue page 47 item #2 web blaster ?

  2. tim

    I have a ruger SRc9 and run into frequent jams when shooting ammunition 124gr and less has anyone else had a similar issue?

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