The story behind the M1 Carbine is fascinating. And, while this column is about ammunition, it’s impossible to discuss the “carbine cartridge” without some gun history. In 1940, the U.S. Army was looking for a light rifle or carbine.
Penetration is a critical aspect of terminal performance. As the great African professional hunter and gunwriter Finn Aagaard once wrote, “Killing power is a matter of biology, not math and physics, and is influenced almost totally by shot placement, accompanied by sufficient penetration.”
Time and data have also unquestionably revealed that when compared to these semi-auto-pistol cartridges, the .357 Magnum does a better job at stopping bad guys.
The double-action revolver is always worthy of consideration when someone sets out to select a personal defense gun.
Many factors go into determining what carry ammunition to choose; make sure your choice is an informed one.
With several self-defense revolvers like the Ruger LCR now chambered for the .327 Federal Mag. cartridge, Hornady will be adding a single load in .327 Federal Mag. to their Critical Defense ammunition line.