The Top 5 Best 9mm Self-Defense Ammunition Choices

Once you get away from controlled gelatin testing scenarios, fired bullets tend to look more like this.

Do you want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that there are more than five great 9mm defensive ammo choices. The bad news is that there are more than five great ammunition choices. So what to choose? That depends. If you look around on Youtube, you’ll see lots of ammunition […]

I Dig the .357 Sig

A classic example of a great .357 Sig cartridge - Speer's 125 grain Gold Dot.

I dig the .357 Sig. In fact, I dig it so much, I feel like I’m on a one-man campaign to help boost it into the shooting mainstream. One of the biggest gripes people have about the .357 Sig cartridge is the cost, but that becomes a non-issue as more people start to use it. […]

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 […]

Do You Suffer From A Short Barrel? Try Speer Gold Dot 9mm +P 124 Grain SB!

Bullet expansion performance, even through tough barriers, was excellent.

Look, it’s OK. If you have a short barrel, you need to compensate. The sooner you face that fact, the happier you’ll be. My barrel is about 3 1/2 inches and I’ve learned to deal with it. But just because your barrel is short, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to achieve great […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ammo Review: Speer Gold Dot .357 Sig 125 Grain Bonded Hollow Point Ammunition

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Speer Gold Dot .357 Sig 125 Grain Bonded Hollow Point Ammunition It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the .357 Sig cartridge around here. We’ve had a lot of fun and learned a few things while checking out the Glock 31 Gen 4 and Glock 32 Gen 3. So we jumped on the opportunity […]

Speer Gold Dot .38 Special +P Short Barrel Self Defense Ammunition

Speer Gold Dot .38 Special +P SB 135 grain ammunition

We test a lot of self-defense ammo. It’s a great excuse to go to the range and do silly things. What’s not silly is the inconsistency of .38 Special ammunition to expand reliably – especially when fired from short barrel revolvers that are so popular for concealed carry. Expensive ammo that should expand properly doesn’t […]

Latest Shooting Buyers Guide Additions

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We’re introducing a new weekly article feature, and a whole new section of MyGunCulture.com this week. Our Shooters Buyers Guide provides a quick and easy reference to stuff that is a solid value – and works. Think of it as shooting tips for buyers. We check out a lot of shooting gear – tactical lights, […]

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 […]