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American COP March/April 2010 - Page 40
Magic “H ey Sarge, you seen that new bullet by Big Bang Tactical Voodoo Ammunition? It’s supposed to go around corners, punch through cinder block walls, expand to twice its diameter and stop inside the heart on every shot!” Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but every year I hear something like this from an officer who read the latest gun magazine and saw a new ammunition advertisement. Or worse, they talked to a friend of a friend of somebody’s cousin who’s an expert who told them the ammo cops use is junk and should be using this new stuff. One thing I’ve learned over the years is handguns, in general, are not the best platform for instantly incapacitating a human threat. However, they’re the best platform officers have with them at all times — so we must work with what we have. We’ve seen the bullet evolve from lead balls, to jacketed solid points, to various versions of expanding tips. Hollowpoints in some variation continue to dominate the market along with a Some of today’s sub-compact autos, like this Springfield Armory Sub-Compact XD in .40 S&W, compare handily in size to that classic of all compact cop guns, the S&W J-frame. When you take advantage of modern gun design, avail yourself of matching, high performance ammo. 40 Bullets? Winchester John Russo Not Quite But close few innovative expanding solid-point designs. We’re constantly looking for that magic bullet, secretly knowing it’s akin to finding Atlantis. Thanks to the hard work of modern ammunition manufacturers, we’re inching closer to it. We might even be in the golden age of ammunition making because never before have there been so many good bullet and cartridge choices by so many different companies. Here’s a look at what’s available along with some personal experience thrown in. The Ranger “T” Series is the flagship duty ammunition from Winchester and the SXT bullet has been redesigned to provide even more reliable expansion and penetration. This bullet has proven itself time and again in real world situations WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MARCH/APRIL 2010