Consider The Bullet
The bullet in a cartridge of defensive ammo has to do a lot of different things, and do them on-demand.
The Truth About Shotgun Slugs
Everything you wanted to know about shotgun slugs (but were afraid to ask).
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.