Ammunition Upgrade

The FBI was involved in a deadly shootout in 1986.  They decided to shun handguns chambered for the 9mm Parabellum round afterwards as being too ineffective.

pile of 9mm parabellum cartridges

Bullet technology is like any other technology.  If there is money to made by developing an improved product, someone is going to put on a lab coat and try to build a better mousetrap.

scientific study

Seems that advances in ammunition design has prompted the FBI to switch back to the good old 9mm.  (Hat tip to Glenn.)  Load up with the new and improved, and the same guns which fell short in 1986 will now get the job done.  A big reason for the change is the impressive capacity that comes with carrying a 9mm autoloader.

beretta p92fs magazine with 17 rounds of ammunition

Okay, so a huge Federal law enforcement agency is going to use more effective ammunition.  Why should you care?  It isn’t like you have access to easily understood test data so you can make an informed choice about your own defensive loads.

Well, actually, you do!

The good folks at Lucky Gunner, an online ammunition seller, have conducted the tests you need.  They also tested other calibers besides the 9mm, so you can see how each round stacks up.

lucky gunner gelatine ballistic test

Simple, easy to use, and with every step of the testing process explained so you can decided for yourself if they know what they were doing.  What is not to like?

James says check ’em out.  The FBI aren’t the only people who might have to clear leather in order to save innocent lives.


1 thought on “Ammunition Upgrade

  1. The first time I ever ran across a reference to the 1986 Miami shoot-out was in an USENet post made by the late Tom Clancy, when he was making the point that short of hitting a bad guy in a vital spot, the next best thing was to stop the bad guy was for said individual to lose consciousness from blood loss in the shortest time possible.

    Of course, reading the Lucky Gunner article also reminds me of an incident described in Joseph Waumbaugh’s Lines and Shadows, where a cop fired his shotgun, at point blank range, into the chest of a bad guy, only for the bad guy to immediately turn around and calmly walk away into the darkness. After the firefight, the cops discovered the man, lying on the ground some distance away, like he decided to take nap, and very dead – despite having a hole in his chest the size of a dinner plate. It is obviously an exceptional story, but very memorable.

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