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9MM VS. 45 ACP (Page 2)
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By Dan S. Defense

But, if you want just one type of ammo for your 9mm—one that will work most scenarios, I suggest you look at the 9mm ammo your local law enforcement uses, or look at what Federal agencies use (e.g. the FBI), since they have put significant effort in testing ammo to find which one is best for them.


When it comes to 9mm ammo, there are two main families of bullets that I deem to be the best 9mm ammo for self-defense. The Bonded Winchester Ranger 147gr and the Federal HST in 147gr (note the heavier bullet and the lack of +p which we'll discuss in a different article). To me, these are the best 9mm ammo for defending myself and my family.

The third answer will be similar to the second. I prefer 45 ACP with 230gr bullets from the same line as the 9mm, namely the Federal HST and Winchester Ranger brands. Here too, I use bullets that are not loaded as +P. Please keep in mind that this is my personal choice for the best 45 ACP ammo for self-defense and, that there are several others too look at. For example, you can look at the powerful and reliable line from Speer, more specifically, the Speer LE Gold Dot.

No matter what ammo you deem to be the best self-defense ammo in 9mm or 45 ACP, you will need to be able to practice with it. You need to make sure your gun likes the ammo as much as you do. Make sure to cycle several magazines to make sure it runs with 100% reliability. You'll find that different brands and different bullet weight make a different in POA (Point of Aim) and POI (Point of Impact).

Finally, I'll remind you that your 9mm ammo or 45 ACP ammo will be the thing that will remove the threat that wants to kill you. If you are a cheap skate and you decide to buy cheap ammo, don't be surprised if it fails to save your life (or the Coroner won't be surprised). Buy the best ammo that you can afford, in 45 ACP or 9mm and practice with it. Ammo is fuel for your gun. Don't put rubbish in your fuel tank!


Finally, on the 45 ACP vs. 9mm, I'd like to share this thought. When you look at both bullets closely, you'll see that the 45 ACP is bigger. But you'll also notice that both bullets are pretty small. Yes, they fly pretty fast and release quite a bit of energy. Yes, I would not want to get shot with a 9mm or 45 ACP. But, keep in mind that they are pretty small and that most people who are shot, survive the experience.

Make sure you are able to land your bullet on target and in the right place. If you hit the bad guy well, with a 9mm or 45 ACP, chances are that you'll live to tell the tale. But if your +P+ ammo hits a wall, tree, passing car or, worst of all an innocent bystander and then you get killed because you missed your threat -your tale will be one of a painful lesson learned. For others.... something to consider and really take to heart! 9mm or 45 ACP -make sure your selection is truly the very best for you!


Until next time, stay safe by staying alert!

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