SIG SAUER P938 Ejecting Guide Rod

I’ve been using the SIG SAUER P938 in my “Ammo Quest 9mm” series to find the best-performing self defense ammo for small pocket pistols. The P938 is simply an excellent gun,…

ShootingTheBull410: A Modest Proposal to Prevent Firearms Confiscation

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TTAG’s resident ammo tester ShootingTheBull410 writes: “In the run-up to the next presidential election, guns are a liberal talking point. And here’s what they’re saying: ‘Nobody is trying to take away…

127-grain +P+ Ranger-T, Federal 9BPLE 115-grain +P+ (a.k.a., “Illinois State Police load”): ShootingThe Bull410 Ammo Test

This is a test of two legendary rounds, the 9mm Winchester 127-grain +P+ Ranger-T, and the famous “Illinois State Police load”, the Federal 9BPLE 115-grain +P+. These are pretty much the rounds that made 9mm not suck; the 9BPLE in particular is really the first 9mm load that earned a good reputation as being an effective 9mm round for law enforcement use. However, these are old, old designs, dating back to the ’80’s. That’s before the modern standards were put in place, and before three-inch barrel pistols were prevalent. These loads . . .

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This is a test of two legendary rounds, the 9mm Winchester 127-grain +P+ Ranger-T, and the famous “Illinois State Police load”, the Federal 9BPLE 115-grain +P+. These are pretty much…

Ever since I published my first test of Lehigh Defense’s absurdly impressive “Maximum Expansion” ammunition, people have wanted to see it tested in other calibers.  Which I understand, but frankly, I haven’t been in that big of a rush to do so because — well, the .45 Colt version that I tested above is a unique and special situation.  It’s an exceptionally over-long bullet, made possible because of the exceptionally long chambers in the .45/.410 shotshell revolvers.  I didn’t test Maximum Expansion during my .380 Ammo Quest, because the manufacturer’s own specifications showed that it would only penetrate about 7″.  But the 9mm… now that’s a different story . . .

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9mm Ammo Quest: Lehigh Defense Maximum Expansion

Ever since I published my first test of Lehigh Defense’s absurdly impressive “Maximum Expansion” ammunition, people have wanted to see it tested in other calibers.  Which I understand, but frankly, I…

The Raging Judge from Taurus is an intriguing beast, a huge, heavy revolver that fires the powerful .454 Casull cartridge, and can also launch .45 Colt and .45 Schofield along with both 2.5″ and 3″ .410 shotshells. That versatility makes it interesting in its own right, but . . .

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Gun Experiment: .45 ACP From a Taurus Raging Judge

The Raging Judge from Taurus is an intriguing beast, a huge, heavy revolver that fires the powerful .454 Casull cartridge, and can also launch .45 Colt and .45 Schofield along…

Ammo Quest: 115+P Gold Dots: Underwood vs. DoubleTap

Yes, the 9mm Ammo Quest continues. I may occasionally get distracted with shotgun slugs or AR15 tests or the new exotic .380 ammo or whatever, but the main grind is to get through these 9mm tests and find what works best and what won’t perform in a 3″-barrel pistol. I tested the Speer Gold Dot 115-grain a while back, and it was a really rather good performer. The heavier Gold Dots hadn’t fared as well from the 3″ barrel, but the light 115-grain bullets did much better. After that test was released . . .

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Yes, the 9mm Ammo Quest continues. I may occasionally get distracted with shotgun slugs or AR15 tests or the new exotic .380 ammo or whatever, but the main grind is…

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Lessons On Truth From the Twisted Mind of James Holmes

Time and again we’ve been told that active shooters choose to attack certain places over others because those targets are either posted as “gun-free zones” or fall within the definition…

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TX Campus Carry Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Governor

The Texas House just voted for the final time on Senate Bill 11, the Campus Carry bill. Representative Fletcher opened discussion with a spirited statement that the media had blown…

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BREAKING: Texas Senate Approves Campus Carry

The Texas Senate just voted to give final approval to Senate Bill 11, the Campus Carry bill, as modified by the conference committee. The vote was 21-10, which was pretty…

Texas Open Carry Update – No Cop Stop Amendment Stripped

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The controversial Dutton/Huffines amendment that was virulently opposed by police unions has now been stripped from House Bill 910, the Texas Open Carry bill. Whether that amendment “means anything” is a matter…

Since converting my GLOCK 21 to 10mm, I’ve tested a few different types of ammo from it, but the requests just keep coming — everyone wants to see DoubleTap ammo tested in 10mm. The reason is simple — most major manufacturers are selling “watered-down” versions of 10mm ammo. A simple example is Federal’s Hydra Shok. The 10mm version is barely, scarcely any more powerful than the .40 S&W version. According to Federal’s own ratings, the .40 S&W Hydra Shok is rated at 1,000 fps. Their 10mm version is just 1,030 fps. That’s barely over 420 ft/lbs of energy — paltry for what the 10mm is capable of. “Full-power” 10mm loads should be delivering more on the order of about 650 ft/lbs or more . . .

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10mm Ammo Test: DoubleTap 165gr Bonded JHP

Since converting my GLOCK 21 to 10mm, I’ve tested a few different types of ammo from it, but the requests just keep coming — everyone wants to see DoubleTap ammo…

Plastic bullets? No — they’re not plastic, but apparently that’s what more than a few people seem to think. Polycase Ammo has introduced some very different new bullets to the market, and suffice it to say my inbox blew up when these were announced. Partly, I assume, because there are some lofty claims made by the manufacturer, but moreso (I think) because I recently published a test of the Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator bullet. For those who are familiar with that particular Philips-head-screwdriver-resembling projectile, these PolyCase ARX bullets bear enough resemblance that people wanted them tested now . . .

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Ammo Quest: PolyCase ARX Inceptor in .380 ACP and 9mm

Plastic bullets? No — they’re not plastic, but apparently that’s what more than a few people seem to think. Polycase Ammo has introduced some very different new bullets to the…