Werewolf Defense Ammunition (image courtesy JWT)
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Earlier this month, I was once again hunting wild pigs at night with a suppressed AR-15 chambered in .458 SOCOM. I was heading into some thick brush, following what sounded like a couple of large boars fighting, when I stopped dead in my tracks.

The full moon was overhead.

Idiot! I was armed with nothing more than an extended magazine of 15 rounds of Hornady’s 325gr FTX bullets, plus 13 more rounds of .45 Super in my modified GLOCK 21. What would any of that do if I encountered a free-roaming werewolf?

325gr Hornady FTX .458 SOCOM. Great for Pigs. Worthless for Lycanthropes. (image courtesy JWT)
325gr Hornady FTX .458 SOCOM rounds. Great for pigs, worthless against lycanthropes. (image courtesy JWT)

Maybe something. But probably nothing at all.

From now on, I’ll never be caught in the light of the full moon without two rounds of Minuteman Ammunition’s Werewolf Defense .45 Colt pure silver bullets in my Bond Arms Derringer.

To some of you, this might seem ridiculous.

You think two shots aren’t enough.

Bond Arms Derringer and Werewolf Defense Ammunition (image courtesy JWT)
Bond Arms Derringer and Werewolf Defense Ammunition (image courtesy JWT)

I get it. After all, werewolves are legendary for their ability to withstand damage. But maybe that legendary ability is more like mythical ability.

Let’s look at the facts. Although they may seem invulnerable, successful defense against a werewolf attack involves 2 shots or less, within 2 feet, and in under 2 seconds. It’s the old “Rule of 2s.”

I was doubtful at first, but after decades studying the subject, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that there hasn’t been one single verified werewolf attack that’s required more than two large caliber silver bullets to stop.

Forget what you’ve heard, that’s the reality.

Minuteman Ammunition's Werewolf Defense .45 Colt (image courtesy JWT)
Minuteman Ammunition’s Werewolf Defense pure silver .45 Colt ammunition (image courtesy JWT)

Nobody knows for sure why silver works, we just know that it does. That’s why Minuteman Ammunition’s Werewolf Defense bullets are are made of 99.9% pure silver. There hasn’t been one single recorded instance of a werewolf requiring more than two silver bullets to stop an attack. Not a single one.

Minuteman Ammunition's Werewolf Defense packaging (image courtesy JWT)
Minuteman Ammunition’s Werewolf Defense packaging (image courtesy JWT)

There are a lot of advantages to the simple two-shot derringer design for dusting the furry devils. The way I see it, the speed and stealth of the common werewolf far exceeds that of most humans. Even a pup is likely to be right on you before you know it. There just won’t be time to draw a larger firearm, and the very notion of getting a rifle shouldered and your sights on targets in the middle of full-on lycanthrope charge is laughable in its naiveté.

No, the derringer is ideal. Held close against the body, it’s fast to deploy, easy to shoot, and infallible in operation. It will get the job done.

Old-school Werewolf edged tackle? A thing of the past. (image courtesy JWT)
Old-school Werewolf edged tackle? A thing of the past. (image courtesy JWT)

I know what you’re thinking. “Why bother with the silver at all? Just stake a local peasant down and hack at the distracted werewolf with a big knife while it’s feeding.”

Well, there are a few problems with the old “tried and true” way of doing things. First, have you seen the unemployment rate? It’s Trump’s America. Everybody’s got a job!

That means peasants are pretty few and far between, and those who are left are mostly clumped together on the west coast. Werewolves can smell Hep C a mile away, and they say no thank you.

Second, even in the few places they are legal, the sacred knives of our ancestors just aren’t socially acceptable any more. An easily concealable firearm like a trusty derringer is the obvious alternative.

Werewolf Defense ammunition in Starline cases. (image courtesy JWT)
Pure silver Werewolf Defense bullets in Starline cases (image courtesy JWT)

In the old days, silver ammunition required special molds and the alchemical knowledge of specialty reloading that bordered on witchcraft. (Don’t get me started on witches.)

Werewolf Defense bullets make all that a thing of the past. Minuteman Ammunition doesn’t pour the precious metal into a mold, they turn each round individually on a lathe before loading them into Starline Brass nickel-plated cartridges packed with smokeless powder. Simple, modern, and effective.

A big thanks to Minuteman Ammunition and their Werewolf Defense line. Sure, at roughly $100 a round, it’s pricey, but the peace of mind I get from knowing that my family and I finally have the tools we need to deal with a lunatic lycanthrope is well worth every penny.

Just in case. (image courtesy JWT)
Just in case. (image courtesy JWT)

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    • Vampires require 6.5 Creedmore rounds loaded with wooden bullets made from the coffins of ancient Carpathians. A .45 won’t work, since they don’t have a soul to steal.

      • Well according to the Vampire Diaries, (which must be true cause it was written by a vampire) any old wood will do but you need white oak to kill an original vampire because they’re more immortal than a run of the mill second or third generation vamp.

    • Can’t say. Its basically the first rule of managing a supernatural warband, make sure your minions are agreeable with each other; thus, I only keep fluff-butts in mine. There’s also the matter of vampires being either power-hungry cynics or total emotional basket-cases, without a whole lot of middle ground. My puppers are good about always having someone on vacuum duty and are usually well mannered. Even more so if I let them order pizza. One usually keeps my feet warm on the couch and hes been dubbed “Sofawolf”.

      No, you can’t test silver bullets on them, that non-sense is also a total myth and they roll their eyes at it. Still hurts like any other bullet. Concerning vampires, garlic is the equivalent of CS gas to them, non-stop coughing and watering eyes, etc.

  1. Shouldn’t one be a wooden bullet? I’d hate to be all set up for a w woof while being eaten by a vampire.

    • U can make wooden bullets by using a wooden dowel , cut 1/16th past cartridge mouth, very very light powder charge, no air space but not compressed ,, memories fade, but I think t was 3-5gr’s of H4861( that’s probably wrong, but all my books n notes burnt up) and a quarter inch wooden dowel for the .44… I used a little rooster red in the grooves of the dowel,,. Be forewarned, you will shave small pieces of wood off as it passes through the rifling, I’d clean it every 3 rounds or so

    • Lead hollowpoints with the cavity filled with silver. Do it in a .38 and the amount of silver would be minimal.

    • Pfui, not gonna trust the safety of me and mine to cheap knock-offs of self-defense ammo. Only the real deal for me. Thanks for the heads-up, Mr. Taylor!

      And you wooden boolit smiths, make sure you use oak. Preferably from a certain type of charred oak barrel that you can collect while traversing the Trail. Gotta be properly lubed to slay certain sorts of demons. My Dad always said nobody ever saw Lake Erie Larry unless he was looking through the bottom of a bottle of Ripple, and I suspect that may apply here.

  2. “There hasn’t been one single recorded instance of a werewolf requiring more than two silver bullets to stop an attack.”

    True, and Emory’s football team is still undefeated! They’ve never lost a game.

      • Measure pin head diameter, measure angel’s asses, calculate for the result…

        • Pin head diameter =.0065”
          Angel’s ass =Undefined

          Esoteric Inanity admittedly never got to know Angel well enough to get that measurement. She was a fantastic dancer though, and a looker to boot, just ask J. Geils.

        • This one appreciates Geoff “Insert Witty Line Here” PR’s sentiments, it is good to converse with him. Esoteric Inanity had been going through a crisis of late. However, he intends to be around here more to spread inane and obscure rejoinders while also providing the occasional pearl of wisdom (possibly).

          Even while TTAG has slipped a bit in regards to content, there are still many wonderful people around in the comment sections. Said people and their clever commentary more than make up for any lack of substance in the articles (people like Geoff, jwm, possum, Ralph, Sam, Cliff, Vic, water walker, and JWT aka Gray Wolf. Apologies to anyone that this one forgot, a shame that Texas_Lawyer and 2asux(persona) no longer post). Interesting times ahead, a Gypsie fortune teller may yet be a worthy investment.

  3. Oh hell yes, I am definitely getting me some of these. Wishing I had a Lone Ranger rig, horse and all.

    • Possum. I don’t have a Lone Ranger rig, but I do have an El Paso Saddlery “Duke” rig for my Colt SAA (one piece ivory grips). This ammo is too cool not to load in that belt. At a $100 a round I’ll have to buy four or five at the time though.

  4. If someone taunts “Come on Bennett, throw away the chicken shit gun…” you have a decent sized blade but no cross guard for dramatic binds.

  5. Excellent tip/reminder. I’m thinking .44 lever is the way to go, at least in my nape of the woods. that way I’m ready for Bigfoot, as well. I’d feel better about the whole endeavor. Tennessee has a big problem with Bigfoots (Bigfeet?). Stinky bastids.

  6. ” There hasn’t been one single recorded instance of a werewolf requiring more than two silver bullets to stop an attack. Not a single one.”

    I’m going to have to check with Albert Lee on that one…

  7. Minuteman is late to the issue. Winchester has been making silvertip bullets for decades now.

    Dog Soldiers. Best werewolf movie ever.

  8. My good friend Owen says his boss Earl swears by these. They’re apparently the best and really only thing that works, but you need a *lot* of them.

    • Good group of folks. They helped me get my PUFF exemption years ago. I still do a little work for them on the side. Mostly support, just don’t move like I used to.

  9. Any info on the chopper in that photo? It looks like a cross between a seax and a bowie. Be just the thing if you encounter Jason Voorhies in the woods.

    • One of Dan Winkler students, at http://www.primitivewoodsman.com made it for me. I asked him to make me a set of broken back seax with Buffalo horn and antler handles. The smaller ones has about a 4-inch blade and it’s perfect for everyday carry in a horizontal belt sheath. The other one is obviously much, much larger. The spine is 3 tenths of an inch thick.

        • That is a gorgeous blade!
          I found a sheet of raindrop Damascus and cut 3 knives out of it. Then got into some seriously gorgeous cocobolo and cut some handle material for them. Two are for hunting buddies and one is for me. Should be finished by this hunting season. Can’t wait to see their faces. Going to have Ted Blocker make some sheathes for them.

        • Tom, outstanding.
          BTW, anytime I’m in wearing a suit that WH is in my pocket. Still a great little knife. Much appreciated.

      • It is nice to have one of a kind knife just like you want it. My custom big knife is my favorite piece of kit even if it isn’t as utilitarian or as pretty as yours.

      • Bowies for me, thanks. Besides my #1s I have two Jimmy Buchner knives, 9″ blades with stag. Very traditional. They balance perfectly. Jimmy is no longer with us. Watched him pound out more than a couple of blades on the anvil in his shop. Those knives are scary sharp.

  10. We’d better see some ballistics performance and shot group data on this stuff or this review is simply incomplete!
    We await your results!

  11. Nice to see all the MHI references here.

    Y’all REALLY need to get Larry to do an article or two.

    Maybe even just post some of his older “Best of MHI” stuff.

  12. Werewolves are predominantly European. As such, smaller, cheaper silver bullets are entirely adequate. Think .32 ACP.

  13. Werewolves are on the endangered species list. Do not kill, catch, or harm in anyway. The fine is $10 billion and 400 years in prison. If you serve your time in Ca. It’s only 3 minutes. Il. 5 minutes, Va. probably double. Check your local laws. There is a bill in Congress sponsored by Pelosi to add Vampires and wart hogs to the list.

  14. I’m sure you chronoed these, right? With enough data points to make sure the ES/SD numbers were meaningful, of course!


  15. This is some bullshit:

    California Sales: If you live in California the state laws require your ammo be shipped to your FFL. Please use their address for the shipping and make it
    C/O the FFLs Business Name.

    Illinois Sales: If you live in Illinois, the state law requires us to get your FOID card and drivers license. Please send these to our email [email protected] and we will get your # added to your account for future purchases.

    New York Sales: If you live in New York the state laws require your ammo be shipped to your FFL. Please use their address for the shipping and make it
    C/O the FFLs Business Name.

    Connecticut Sales: If you live in Connecticut the state law requires
    a handgun carry permit, gun sales permit, or long gun or handgun eligibility certificate, and an ammunition certificate and presents to the seller such certificate along with a driver’s license, passport, or other valid government-issued identification that contains the person’s photograph and date of birth. Please email these to our email [email protected] and we will get this document on your account for future purchases.

    Massachusetts sales: If you live in Massachusetts the state law requies a license for the purchase or possession of ammunition. Please email these to our email [email protected] and we will get this document on your account for future purchases.

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    Rhode Island Sales: If you live in Rhode Island the state law requies a license for the purchase or possession of ammunition. Please email these to our email [email protected] and we will get this document on your account for future purchases.

    District of Columbia: We can’t sale to you. If you plan an order it will be canceled and refunded immediately.

    Gun laws are ever changing, please make sure your aware of your states gun laws prior to purchasing. Any orders placed from the above mentioned states that don’t provide the state required documentation within 24 hours will be canceled and a 20% restocking fee will appply.

  16. I hate to be this guy, but the whole “silver bullets kill werewolves” trope didn’t come around until the Wolfman movie. The legends tend to vary from culture to culture, but in most of the European folklore, a good ol’ fashioned decapitation does the trick.

  17. B.S. Flag! Author would die with the above Plan of Action. He obviously doesn’t know how a Silver Bullet “actually kills” a werewolf. Silver poisons the beasts bloodstream killing “changed werewolf tissue” which is why the revert back to human form upon death. A Silver Bullet strike to the beasts heart is the fastest way to have its blood circulate around the bullet. This takes precise shot placement, adequate time for blood circulation (blood circulation in a human takes 45 seconds(+-)and finally time for the poisioned blood to kill tissue/organs. The Author being two feet away at the time of the shots would still allow plenty of time for him to be killed or mauled (whereby Author becomes a werewolf).

    Regrettably, the accuracy and distance limitations of a derringer would get him killed or mauled (causing his later conversion).

    Choice of Tactics based on poor weapon selection nets the obvious result.

    • Will Drider obviously doesn’t know JWT. The man’s a legend, like a cross between Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson and Jon Goldsmith(the facial hair). The derringer and 2 feet is just to give ol’ Lougarou a sporting chance, when there really isn’t any chance. Van Helsing’s got nothin’ on JWT.

  18. Meh, Esoteric Inanity has a model 629 that was blessed by an Imam. If it’s halal for djinns, then therianthropes should be a nonissue.

    • Well then they were wrong, twice.
      240 grains is 240 grains.
      Solid bullets work just fine when they are near half an inch in diameter.

  19. I was backpacking alone back in 2013 on the Lost Turkey Trail in Pa it was during the super moon. I was laying in my hammock and the coyotes were really active that night alot of howling. It was cool but a little unnerving for my first solo trip.

    • Wait until you here a couple of yotes take down a rabbit right outside your camp. Rabbits scream. I never go solo. I always have my 2 buddies, Smith and Wesson with me.

        • The best for coyotes and foxes around me is the FoxPro “Kitten in Distress” call. They don’t even sneak up for that one. They come running.

  20. So, this is what the boomers are making with all the overpriced silver coins they bought during Obama years.

    Rosland Capital is still laughing.

  21. You think those blunt nosed silver bullets fired from your puny derringer will penetrate a Level IIIA vest and a Kevlar helmet? No self-respecting werewolf these days ventures forth on a full moon without body armor. We need armor piercing silver bullets, and we need them now!

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  24. Cool posting. If 2 slugs don’t do it, what would?
    Reminds me of my Grandfather. He did all his hunting with his old bolt action hunting rifle. He’d never go hunting at night. He did carry his old, shortened, double barreled shot gun.
    He said it was loaded with “silver”buck shot. O.K., Whatever.
    I wouldn’t know for sure (you never question grandparents from the “Old Country”), I don’t think he ever fired it. But he always took it him when he went hunting. Weird.

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