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 […]

Ammo Review: Speer Gold Dot .40 S&W 180 Grain Hollow Point

Speer Gold Dot 40 S&W 180 grain ammunition

Speer Gold Dot .40 S&W 180 Grain Hollow Point Ammunition It’s a good thing these Speer Gold Dot .40 S&W 180 grain self-defense rounds don’t have dystychiphobia. That’s fear of accidents. I say this because in our testing we had a high-speed wreck. One of our projectiles crashed right into the back of another during the […]

Winchester Elite PDX1 9mm +P Self Defense Ammunition

Winchester Elite PDX1 9mm +P Personal Protection Ammunition

Ammo Review: Winchester Elite PDX1 9mm+P Defender 124 grain personal defense ammunition Winchester Elite PDX1 Defender 9mm +P 124 grain personal defense ammunition is a bonded bullet design intended to succeed against the tough FBI ammunition testing protocol. Without going into top secret details (not really), these tests are intended to examine how ammunition performs […]

Ammo Review: Winchester PDX1 Elite Defender .40 S&W 165 Grain

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The .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge has been called many things since it was introduced in 1990. Slow & Weak Save your bacon & Walk free Sexy & Winchester Shoot & Wound Sledgehammer & Wallop Shortened & Widened Sluggish & Wimpy Slay & Waste Studious & Well-spoken Oh yeah, and Smith & Wesson… Used by […]

Ammo Review: Speer Gold Dot .30 Carbine

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If only the Marines has Speer Gold Dot .30 Carbine ammunition in 1942… In one of those enduring “after the fact” armchair debates, pundits both praise and condemn the performance M1 Carbine with standard .30 Carbine ball ammunition. While the rifle was handy to carry at about 6 pounds, and the operator could carry large […]