Never in my life have I ever said, “I have too many bullets!” In fact, Amy and I just organized my Ammo Closet—Yes, an entire closet completely devoted to nothing but ammunition. Shotgun shells, .223, 7.62 x 54R, .38 longs, all the 9mm and .45 you could imagine, &etc., &etc. You get the point (you can stop drooling). But here, I want to specifically talk about what we need to be putting into our conceal carry pistols.

First of all, it should be just any old thing. Seriously. Don’t put those random bullets you found in your dad’s shed from 30 years ago in your magazine. Just don’t.

No, when it comes to defense you need a projectile that’s going to expand and create as big of a hole as possible to increase your chances of stopping the threat—immediately. For that, you and I both should be more than willing to spend a few more bucks on a box.

Now, I’m all about those ammunition sales at the local sporting goods store, but most of the time, the “bulk bullets” are going to be full metal jackets. Which, of course there’s nothing wrong with them! In fact, they’re perfect for the range and are easy on the wallet—no complaints for me! This brings me to the first point:


FMJ Is for the Range

Let me tell you, FMJ leaves really nice, clean holes in paper… and in tissue. Say a FMJ goes through tissue, if it comes in contact with something solid, maybe it’ll shatter the bone, but then it could likely pass on through or in some cases, the pierced tissue may stick back together because the projectile has sliced through, rather than tearing a gaping hole.

If this happens, and no vital points are struck, a dirtbag could likely continue his assault for a few minutes. No Bueno, amigos.


Self-defense Ammunition goes in the Magazine

Rather than FMJ, I put defense hollow points, or center point expanding cartridges in both mine and Amy’s CCWs. Basically, this is because the projectile’s radius increases almost double its radius after it comes in contact with the target (mushrooming). It penetrates deeply, making a large, tearing, pushing wound (rather than an FMJ’s slicing wound). This makes every shot count—the larger the wound, the faster a dirtbag is disabled.

If you are skeptical, take your “but” and your bullets to the range. Try it out using that ham steak, or anything to simulate tissue, and compare FMJ to any defense ammo. And after you’ve been carrying that defense ammunition in your pistol for a while (6 months-ish), it’ll be time to change it out anyway, so you can even try out a different manufacturer if you so desire.

As always, stay armed and stay safe, my friends.


When was the last time you went to the range to shoot defense ammunition?