Ammo Test: Barnes TAC-XPD .40 S&W

Expansion was picture perfect for all projectiles fired.

Over the years, .40 S&W has been disparaged as a mediocre compromise round. You’ve probably heard some of the descriptions. .40 Slow and Weak .40 Short and Weak I’ve never really understood that. Sure, most cartridges have pros and cons relative to others, and as study after study shows, none are perfect. All handgun calibers […]

Ammo Test: Sig Sauer Elite Performance .380 ACP V-Crown

This week, we'll test Sig Sauer's new Elite Performance .380 ACP, 90 grain V-Crown self-defense load.

.380 ACP is a pain in the butt. It’s convenient, and you can make obscenely small and handy guns that can handle the caliber, but it’s a borderline cartridge in terms of performance. I’m guessing it gives ammo manufacturers fits. Why? It’s a light bullet. Generally, 380 ACP rounds are about 90 grains in weight, […]

What Can You Expect From The 300 Blackout?

A few of the "spent" 300 AAC Blackout projectiles tested in ballistic gelatin.

Given the level of interest in the 300 AAC Blackout caliber, and my obsession with unusual chamberings, I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at exactly what the 300 Blackout does. As one of the intents behind the development of this cartridge was to provide better terminal effectiveness when fired from […]

Doubletap Ammo’s New 6.8 Remington SPC 90 Grain Bonded

I suppose you could say expansion was good since all projectiles expanded to almost exactly double their original diameter.

  First of all, what’s a 6.8 Remington SPC? While at first glance it may look like a 5.56mm round, it’s not. Mainly because it’s bigger in all ways. Some folks from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, United States Special Operations Command and Remington got together to work up a new cartridge that maintained reasonable […]

Winchester’s PDX1 Defender 12 Gauge Buckshot and Slug Ammunition

Winchester's PDX1 Defense load creates a large pattern with slug and buckshot.

I was working with a Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun I have in for review and brought along a box of Winchester PDX1 Defender Personal Defense shot shells. Winchester makes a couple of varieties of this product line in 12 gauge. One is a segmenting slug design, where the slug is designed to fragment into three […]

Ammo Review: Speer Gold Dot .45 ACP +P 200 Grain

The Speer Gold Dot .45 ACP +P 200 Grain load still offers weight, but with more velocity.

Since it’s the giving season, I decided to bring a pile of different ammo types to the range for some quick and dirty testing. Ammo makes great gunny gifts by the way. In these times of scarcity, your giftee will know you worked for it! First up is a .45 ACP load I had high […]

Choosing Ammunition for the Springfield Armory XD-S & Other Short Barrel Handguns

These Speer Gold Dot .45 ACP 230 grain Short Barrel bullets were shot from an XD-S through four layers of denim and still expanded properly.

The performance of any gun is only as good as the ammunition you put into it. And I’m not just talking about using any quality self-defense ammunition. One of the reasons that 9mm guns are more effective today than ever before is the performance of modern 9mm ammunition. Of course, improvements are not limited to […]

Ammo Test: Speer Gold Dot .40 S&W 155 Grain Self-Defense Ammunition

Speer Gold Dot 40 SW 155 grain self-defense ammo

One thing I’ve found testing thousands of rounds of ammunition through a wide variety of traditional, and sometimes non-traditional, targets is that you can’t generalize. Broad generalizations just don’t hold up. I mean, there’s the obvious exception of Justin Bieber – ALL of his songs are roughly comparable to pre-gelatinized narwhal poop, but in most […]

You Don’t Have To Aim A Shotgun

RIO Royal Buck buckshot pattern

Fact or Fiction?  You Don’t have to aim a shotgun! Not many people know this, but shotguns were invented by actor Val Kilmer for use in the movie Tombstone. Kilmer needed a weapon capable of taking out a whole posse of Clantons and McLaurys – without much aiming. Hence the invention of a weapon capable […]

What Has More Energy? A 3 ½” 12 Gauge Buckshot Load or a Throat Punch By Mike Tyson?

American Standard Cartridges - The Cartridge Comparison Guide

Find out with the Cartridge Comparison Guide, Second Edition I now have all the answers. Not because I’m some sort of genius, but because I met the guy who HAS found all the answers at this year’s Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Conference. His name is Andrew and he created the Cartridge Comparison Guide, now […]