Testing Home Defense Ammo for Carbines

Testing Home Defense Ammo for Carbines

What is “just enough” or “too much” penetration in home-defense-carbine ammunition?

How Penetration and Sectional Density Affect Terminal Performance

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.”

Predator Defense With a Handgun

There’s a fair number of critters out there that might consider us a tasty snack—we Homo sapiens, though, aren’t entirely defenseless.

The Terminal-Performance Triangle: Measuring Ammo Effectiveness

Though legends like to tout the existence of a magic, "silver" bullet, the fact is that there are limiting factors in every available bullet.

Snubbie Ballistics: .38 Special vs. .357 Magnum

Is a .357 Magnum fired from a snubnose revolver really no different a standard .38 Special? With some testing, this is an easy question to answer.

Ballistic Effectiveness: Which Handgun Caliber Wins?

Think you know what the best defensive caliber is for your personal-defense pistol? These numbers might change your mind about ballistic effectiveness.

The .32 ACP: Can It Be Counted on for Self-Defense?

Many gun gurus consider .380 ACP to be the minimum personal-defense caliber, but what about guns available in .32 ACP? Here's some background on the numbers behind this micro self-defense round.

Selecting the Best Bullet for the Job

Think of your ammo as task-specific. Be sure you are selecting the best bullet for the job.

Bullet Penetration and Expansion

Think you know what the best defensive fodder is for your personal-protection pistol? Think again.

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