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# Which Ammunition Depot Self-Defense Rounds Stop Bad Guys Best?

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When it comes to armed self-defense, your goal isn’t to wound, kill or warn your attacker; your goal is to stop the attack as quickly and effectively as possible. Ammunition Depot has gathered a team of ballistic experts to create not only the ammunition you need, but the knowledge to make it work. So what handgun ammunition delivers the terminal performance you need?

It’s going to depend on what gun you’re using and your purpose for that gun. Someone going to war has different needs than someone carrying for self-defense. But that said, the most popular calibers of bullets are popular for a reason. For handguns, you can’t go wrong with a 9mm, a .40 or a .45 caliber. Based on ballistic tests, all these rounds are capable of doing more than enough damage to suit your needs. Similarly, for rifles, the .223/5.56 rounds, .308, 7.62 x 39mm and even .300 Blackout are all equally damage-inducing depending on application.

Despite what gun legislation opponents will tell you, no bullet is “designed for the battlefield” and inherently more dangerous than others. Almost every caliber round has been used somewhere in a theater of war. While there are some obscure rounds that were never used in battlethere’s honestly no round that is somehow safer than another because the military isn’t currently using it.

This brings up another point worth mentioning: Hollow points and full metal jacket rounds are inherently no different from each other at their most basic level. They are both projectiles designed to be fired from a gun and can both kill. In fact, for those that think hollow points are somehow more deadly, the U.S. military doesn’t use hollow point ammunition in infantry units. It uses FMJ. Again, that doesn’t mean they are more deadly. It just means that a bullet is a bullet.

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1. Papa Bear

February 16, 2022 at 12:11 pm

The reason the Military uses FMJ rounds in combat operations is due to the Hauge Convention of 1898 when “Dum Dum” rounds (read Hollow Point) where declared illegal for use in combat situations. As where shotguns. The USA is not a signatory of that Treaty, but our Military for the most part adhered the agreement. I used a shotgun in Vietman, and recently our Military has adopted “Hollow Tip” ammunition for certain special uses. Not so much for expansion capabilities as for accuracy inhancement in long range (Sniper) use.

• Jesse Tiede

February 17, 2022 at 12:08 pm

2. Steve Waldman

February 16, 2022 at 12:31 pm

Great subject that’s been argued about for the 60+ years I’ve been shooting. That said, it would have been nice if your “team of experts” actually identified the most effective bullet for self defense. What works very well in 9mm may not perform to the same standard in 45ACP, as is true with the other calibers listed. This “article” was not enlightening in the least. It was a teaser for the clickbait following it. Not cool guys. We ain’t all stupid.

• David

February 17, 2022 at 11:34 am

Hear, HEAR

Quote: “… if your “team of experts” actually identified the most effective bullet for self defense. What works very well in 9mm may not perform to the same standard in 45ACP, as is true with the other calibers listed. This “article” was not enlightening in the least. It was a teaser for the clickbait following it. Not cool guys. We ain’t all stupid.”

3. February 17, 2022 at 12:07 am

One correction the U.S. military uses only Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) ammunition because of Genevia Treaty requirements not necessarily on its merits as to stopping or knock down power

• Jesse Tiede

February 17, 2022 at 12:34 pm

I’m afraid your facts are a bit skewed, Mr. Bagnell. The US Military uses Full Metal Jacket ammunition for humanitarian reasons which have nothing to do with the Geneva Accords (not Treaty). I’m pretty sure the USA signed the Geneva Accords in the ’30s or ’40s, and again in the ’60s. Since then, we have not used “Hollow Point Ammunition” as Service ammo, due to commitments with our NATO Allies. US Military Law Enforcement, Special Agents, and such (re: OSI, NCIS, CID, Military Intelligence Units, etc), but ONLY THEM! The rest of our Forces use Ball ammunition, of various calibers, bullet weights, and such, depending on intended purposes. Hope this clears up some misunderstandings that you seem to have.
With Respect, I Am The Gunrunner, MSgt, USAF (Ret)Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (75399)

4. Dan Gibson

February 18, 2022 at 8:14 am

This was clearly a bait and switch article to get people to click and then sell them your ammo. Your rational for FMJ over HP in our military is deceptive as it implies that this was a choice made independent of the type of bullet, which is wrong. We don’t use HP because of the hauge convention and because the military is less concerned about overpenetration and collateral damage (so the decision was all about the type of bullet). You should have just titled your article “It’s situationally driven” which would have answered the question and save a lot a reader’s wasted time.

5. Mike

February 18, 2022 at 12:26 pm

I feel you are doing a disservice to your less educated readers when you imply that there’s NO difference between FMJ and hollow points. Yes, a direct hit on a critical organ with any type of projectile will be fatal, but in a self defense situation most of us just aren’t going to be marksmen. The hits that you do make need to do as much damage as possible, especially since most handgun rounds don’t have the velocity to cause hydrostatic damage. You don’t even bring up the issue of over penetration, which I find egregious. The most compelling reason to use HP for defensive situations is that you don’t want that bullet to go through the threat and hit something or someone else. This is absolutely critical when defending your home.
Just because the military does something a certain way doesn’t mean that it’s the best way. The most obvious reason to use FMJ is that HP rounds are at least twice the cost of FMJ. Besides the treaties and conventions already mentioned by others, there’s a strategic reason to wound rather than kill. A dead soldier can be left behind until after the battle, whereas a wounded fighter requires at least one other to stop fighting and render aid.

6. John Galt

February 18, 2022 at 2:52 pm

Good advice for handgun catridges would have been to select a duty load meeting the FBI penetration criteria.