Women’s Outdoor News and Avery Skipalis bring you a video about the common types of pistol ammunition. Being familiar with the different types of ammunition, and their designed uses, is important. This will ensure you get the maximum performance from your firearm, for whatever role you choose to use it. In the third video of our series, we talked about the importance of inspecting your firearm. Now we’re moving on to common types of pistol ammunition.
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There are 2 main types of pistol ammunition, and each has its own distinct characteristics.
This is the most prevalent type of ammunition, due to its low cost. This round is designed for target use, and is cheaper to mass produce. It is produced using a bullet that is made of a soft, metal core, encapsulated by a harder metal, such as copper. You want to avoid using this as defensive ammunition, due to the lack of expansion. Lack of expansion creates a risk of over penetration, which could injure or kill innocent bystanders. Sometimes, this is referred to as “ball ammo.”
These rounds are often referred to as “defensive ammunition.” Hollow points are designed to expand upon impact. This expansion creates a larger wound channel, which aids in stopping a threat. Additionally, the expansion prevents over-penetration, thus keeping bystanders safer.
This ammunition costs more than FMJ, due to additional manufacturing steps. Manufacturers also invest into research and development of these rounds, which is also reflected in the price of hollow point ammunition. It’s a best practice to shoot at least 1 box of whatever defensive ammunition you choose to carry through your firearm. Some firearms do not feed all hollow point ammunition reliably, due to variations in round dimensions and designs.
You should become familiar with the different types of ammunition available, and be able to visually identify them outside of the box. This will help you immediately identify loose rounds or loaded magazines. Remember, quality ammunition is an investment, so don’t buy the cheapest option when it comes to defensive rounds, because 1 day, your life may depend on their performance.