Best 9mm Ammo
Recommendations for Self Defense & Target Loads
By Dan S.
Many folks use 9mm ammo for self defense and target
shooting. Since 9mm ammo is very popular, there are many
types and brand about, and choosing the right ammo can
be confusing. Here we'll examine the question of which
9mm ammo is best for you.9mm ammo comes in all shapes
We have 9mm ammo which is focused on civilian
self defense, allowing more efficient penetration
through layered clothing. We have 9mm ammo that focuses
on home defense, by offering less penetration of hard
surfaces. We have 9mm ammo which is used by law
enforcement agencies, and which is designed to deal with
a great number of real life scenarios.
There's 9mm ammo with various hollow points, some with
cores made of led, some that are bonded to reduce core
separation, and some that are led free. We also have 9mm
ammo in full metal jacket, as used by our armed forces
and many allies. As you can see, just by looking at high
level categories, we can see that there are several of
options for 9mm ammo.
It is fair to say that 9mm ammo is
very popular, for self defense, military usage and even
mission specific roles. On top of these, we also have
9mm ammo for target shooting and outdoor plinking. With
some many choices, which 9mm ammo is right for you?
We'll start with the source of your 9mm ammo. It is safe
to say that all major vendors build 9mm ammo for self
defense and plinking. In my view, 9mm ammo that's made
in the USA, will be safe to use. It's highly unlikely
that it will be corrosive and general quality will be
high. It may cost a bit more, but for those who want to
skip the process of researching the source, US made 9mm
ammo is ideal. For example.
Winchester white box and Black Hills Ammunition. As you
look at international 9mm ammo, you may be able to find
good deals, but extra care must be taken. Make sure the
ammo is made from good materials and that it is safe to
use. Some international brands offer high quality
ammunition, for example Sellier & Bellot makes very good
9mm ammo, which I use often. Find a good source and be
sure your 9mm ammo is safe to use in your handgun.
Now, let focus on 9mm ammo bullet requirement, and see
which 9mm ammo is good for self defense and which 9mm
ammo is good for plinking. For self defense I use hollow
points exclusively. Hollow points are move effective and
offer less risk of over penetration. My 9mm ammo for
self defense comes from Federal, Winchester, Speer and
I use regular pressure 9mm ammo (i.e. not +P or +P+) and
I prefer the heavier 9mm ammo, which means 147gr
bullets. For self defense I also use 9mm ammo bullets
with bonded cores, since they offer better weight
retention that regular 9mm ammo that doesn't go through
this bonding process.
Even now, when ammo in general is
hard to find, 9mm ammo is still relatively easy to find
and is reasonably priced. Keep in mind that the 9mm ammo
that you choose will be the one coming out of your
handgun to stop the threat.
So for self defense I like heavy, regular pressure, JHP
9mm ammo. For target, my requirements are much more
relaxed. While I prefer to shoot similar ammunition,
I'll get any good 9mm ammo for range usage. My range 9mm
ammo is nearly always ball ammo of FMJ, except for the
times that I practice with self defense 9mm ammo, to
make sure I deal with the recoil properly and that my
handgun still likes my 9mm ammo of choice.
9mm ammo is great for practice and self defense. The
price of 9mm is lower than say the equivalent 45 ACP
ammo, and that means more range time for less money.
When I wanted to keep my range time up, despite being
low on 45 ACP ammo, I turned to 9mm ammo as my main
practice ammo. It kept me shooting at an acceptable
price. So, as you can see 9mm ammo has several roles
that it can play in keeping you safe.
Whichever type of 9mm ammo you select for self defense,
make sure you shoot it at the range before using it as
your carry ammo. Practice with your 9mm ammo of choice
and learn to hit your target. I'll argue that at the end
of the day, bullet placement will matter more than
caliber or exact bullet make. That means that you
shouldn't let anyone rubbish your 9mm ammo choice, as a
poor self defense option.
Until next time, stay safe by staying alert!
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