Hollow Point Ammunition: A Basic Rationale

NOTE: This article is intended to be a basic rationale for the use of hollow point ammunition. It is not an exhaustive, ballistics-tested study on ammunition/bullet effectiveness. My recent article on the plight of Shaneen Allen, a 27 year-old medical professional and mother of two arrested for possession of a handgun and hollow point ammunition in […]

Hornady Recalls Some Critical Duty 9mm Ammo

Hornady’s announced a recall of one lot of their 9mm Critical Duty 135gr +P ammo. This isn’t a huge recall and probably won’t affect a large number of buyers, but given that this is personal defense ammunition, it’s worth checking your inventory. Here’s the notice posted at Hornady’s site: “Hornady Mfg Company ballisticians have determined […]

ShootingTheBull410 9mm AmmoQuest: Winchester PDX1 124gr

Today’s test could prove interesting; I’m trying Winchester PDX1 (124gr +P) through the 3″ barrel pistol. Now, PDX1 is advertised by Winchester as being the FBI’s duty load, and since I’m using the FBI standards for penetration, surely PDX1 will pass with flying colors, right? The only problem is . . .

Ammunition Review: RUAG 300 Winchester Magnum

RUAG is a new player to the ammunition game. Well, relatively speaking at least. Founded in 1998, the company has positioned itself as a high-quality ammunition manufacturer and a direct competitor to the likes of Hornady in the United States and Lapua over in Finland. That high quality positioning comes with a high quality price, […]

PRIME Club: Guaranteed Ammunition at a Fixed Price

Over the last few years, ammunition prices have been insane. Where 5.56 NATO used to be dirt cheap just a few short years back, prices went through the roof and have only recently started to come back to reality. While .22lr remains relatively inexpensive, finding it is as difficult as finding a gun rights advocate […]

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Buy SIG SAUER P226 in .357SIG

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) are tooling-up with the SIG SAUER P226 in .357SIG. Given that the NCSHP has 1600 sworn officers, the order’s probably around 2k guns. SIG’s press release (after the jump) attributes the agency’s selection to the pistol’s “reliability, accuracy and durability.” These days, most all polymer pistols can make that claim; with […]

Quote of the Day: By Any Means Necessary Edition

“So much for another hard workweek in the Senate. The one accomplishment was the unintended protection of the E.P.A.’s authority over lead. Now the agency should protect the nation’s wildlife by finally banning lead ammunition and sinkers from the land.” – New York Times editorial, ‘Poison Shot From Guns’ [at nytimes.com]

DARPA EXACTO Test Reveals Self-Guided .50-cal Rounds

So here it is: DARPA’s (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) unlisted YouTube video of the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program‘s first successful live-fire tests demonstration of in-flight guidance for .50-caliber bullets. “This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is initially aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition […]

Warwick, RI Police Ditch .9mm for .40 Ammo

“The Warwick Police Department issues every officer a SIG P229 – a semi-automatic pistol distributed Sig Sauer,” warwickonline.com reports. “However, an officer may use a weapon of his own choosing as long as it is in .40 calibers. Some officers choose to carry Glocks. Previously, officers could carry anything they wanted but when it came […]

Question of the Day: Got Ammo?

I’m seeing plenty o’ ammo availability here in Austin, save the eternally elusive .22LR. Got ammo? Before you answer, a new market report – Ammunition (Defense, Homeland Security and Others) Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2013 – 2019 – pegs the market for ammunition globally at $10b by 2019. Transparency […]