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Self Defense Ammunition Choices Matter

Self defense ammunition is an important choice to make.

With concealed carry laws widening to most states, having the correct ammunition to protect yourself and others is a must.

I know that there are many different brands of ammo on the market, and trying to decide which ammo you want to use is tough. For the most part, finding the best ammo for your weapon is trial and error when it comes to target shooting.

Critical Defense
Hornady rounds

When it comes to self defense ammunition, there are several more important things you should strongly consider before just using store bought standard rounds.

First you should think about your surroundings: are you more likely to use you weapon in a close quarters like inside a home or business? Will you be outside, possibly around a large number of people? Think these things through and apply them to your decisions.

In any event, the best suggestion for home defense or close range ammo is to use hollow points, but these rounds are not the same across the market.

Many shooters, myself included, believe Hornady makes one of the best rounds on the market when it comes to self defense. Hornady’s Critical Defense round makes for an ideal combo of effectiveness and performance.

This is by no means is a advertisement for Hornady ammunition. I’ll stand by it: I personally have found it to be the best self defense ammunition on the market today.

Other ammo
Competitions Ammo

In the use of self defense, it’s vital that you hit your target. But more importantly, if the round doesn’t expand and stop inside the intended target, it might travel through and hit another person, building or property. Thus, leaving you responsible for the injury, property damage or ultimately death of another person.

I’ve found the overall cost of great ammo for self defense is about $1.00 per round, which is nearly double the standard ammunition price. When you consider the overall effects of less recoil, more penetration through clothes and a full-on opening, the benefits far out-way the costs.

No one wants to have to use their weapon for defending themselves, and there are of course legal issues involved in firing a weapon and injuring or killing another person.

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That means being prepared with the proper ammunition to protect yourself and limit your liability is very important. Always remember, gun safety should be first and foremost in your mind, and the rules are simple.

  1. Treat all weapons as if they are loaded.
  2. Never point your weapon at anything your not willing to destroy.
  3. Never put your finger on the trigger till you have a target.
  4. Be sure of your target.

Wide Open Spaces wants to instill good weapons safety and give its readers the best information possible. Please feel free to leave your comments or thoughts.


Featured image via Hornady

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Self Defense Ammunition Choices Matter