At AZFirearms we get a lot of customers wanting to buy ammunition. We have some customers who know the exact grain and type of bullet they want, often based on what they plan to use the ammunition on. Then we have the folks that just want to go out and shoot and are maybe not aware of the many types of ammo that are available in specific calibers. Now I’m not here to tell anyone what caliber they should be shooting, rather I’m here to help them select the rounds that will be most appropriate for their desired use.
Usually we start with, “Are you wanting target ammo or self defense ammo?” Then we go onto showing the differences of the bullet. So based on their response we can direct them to the right stuff. When looking for ammo I recommend that for target shooting the full metal jacket or FMJ. It feeds well and will do what you need it to do. For defensive rounds I prefer a hollow point bullet.
Now the question becomes, why hollow point? Well it’s actually a simple response and that modern ammunition technology has led to the development of ammunition that performs well in those situations when someone may find him or her self in a deadly force scenario. When I refer to “performs well” we need to first look at the FMJ. Yes, this ammunition can be used for self defense and it is absolutely deadly. It is and has been used by our military and other NATO countries for decades. But when considering how the FMJ performs in a soft target it has a tendency to over penetrate and not expand due to it’s shape and construction. This is not a good thing when that round has the potential to exit your intended target and hit something or someone else.
Consider now the hollow point bullet. Not that this is an easy explanation simply due to the vast amount of options out there, but if I may I would like to recommend some of my favorite ammo. These are what I would consider the high performance level of ammunition. They are the Hornady’s Critical Duty, COR-BON, Federal Hydro-shock, Remington Golden Sabre, and RBCD. These specific defensive have met or exceeded the testing done annually by the FBI for ballistic performance. This ammo typically costs more and comes in smaller quantity boxes, usually 20 to 25 rounds per box. I believe that carrying ammo that isn’t going to over penetrate and will perform optimally then it’s well worth the cost.
If you have questions regarding ammunition, especially hollow point or defense there is a great deal of information out there. I do recommend that you look at objective sites such as the FBI’s. I would start by talking to your local firearms professionals and maybe even testing a few out. Feel free to come by our Avondale (AZ) store or call us at AZFirearms.com