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American Handgunner Sep/Oct 2011 Digital Edition - Page 48
Bullet designs and point designs vary widely. Remember, sometimes designs may be more marketing hype than fact. Do your research! Too Many Boxes! T here you are at the gun shop counter and looking at all those pretty, brightly colored boxes of ammunition. All you wanted was a box of ammo for your home defense gun, but as you look at the wall of boxes, you just don’t know where to start. Which one will give you the performance you want? Why are there so many different bullet weights for each caliber? How come there’s so many different kinds of bullets too? Do you need a hollow point or would a semiwadcutter work? Gads … what now? Hint: It’s not necessarily the brightest colored box with the prettiest label, although the director of marketing would like you to think so. What’s a person to do? Knowing a little about your gun and deciding what terminal performance characteristics you’re after, you can actually look at the basic design of ammunition and bullets and make some good choices. Let’s see if we can set some general guidelines to get the ammo best suited for your needs, and help lower your blood pressure at the same time! There are basically five things you need to understand before making what will be your informed decision. Take a look at your gun. Is it a standard-barrel-length handgun, or is it a short-barreled, concealed carry First DEFENSIVE AMMO DE-MYSTIFIED Ballistic gel is a critical part of modern ammo performance testing. It closely mirrors muscle tissue and gives a consistent medium for comparison. DAVE EMARY 48 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER2011