How to Choose Self Defense Ammo


Examples of self defense rounds used by CCW citizens.

The question of how to choose self defense ammo is a little more involved than what would appear on the surface. That’s because this is a question that can be answered from a few different viewpoints.

For example, there are some people who would put it just within the context of what caliber of round you prefer to carry. However, for the sake of this blog article, we will take a more fundamental view and approach the question from a more general point of view. We will go for a more in depth look in a future article.

And so let’s go about answering the question of how to choose self defense ammo.


Find A Comfortable Caliber For Your Self Defense Ammo

It doesn’t matter how effective a particular caliber is on paper or with FBI ballistic tests, if you aren’t comfortable shooting it you stand a high risk of being ineffective with it.

Higher powered pistol rounds such as +p or +p+ have more recoil. If you are someone who is sensitive to stronger recoil when shooting your gun, you could miss your target because of flinching or overcompensating.

A great way to get rid of any flinching you may be doing is to practice with dummy rounds. With methodical and patient practicing, you will rid yourself of flinching.

Here at Rapture Guns & Knives, our advice to you is to stick with a caliber that you can feel comfortable with and shoot well with.

One old argument with regards to what caliber of self defense round you should carry comes from the “stopping power” debate. This self defense ammo argument is a timeless one that is made between 9mm, .45, and .40 caliber rounds. We will not go into that song and dance here. But we will point out that if you are comfortable wearing a size 11 shoe, wearing a size 14 will not help you run faster!


The Quality of Your Self Defense Ammo Matters

Shooters are known for the never ending search for more affordable ammo. However, when it comes to self defense rounds, this is not the time to save a buck or two. Your life may depend on that ammo one day!

This best thing to do is to stick with well established and reputable name brands for your self defense ammo. Understand that self defense ammo is a premium product. You want high reliability and high quality!

Excellent self defense rounds are manufactured by companies such as Federal, Hornady, and Speer just to name a few.


Does Your Firearm Seem More Partial To Certain Rounds

One aspect of choosing a self defense round that is often overlooked is to determine if your firearm operates better with certain rounds than others. Things you may want to pay attention to include:

  • Does the size and mass of your gun make you feel the recoil from the shot more

  • How well does your gun cycle through rounds when you do consecutive fire drills

  • Does your gun cleanly and reliably eject spent cartridges from the self defense ammo you have chosen.

  • Do you notice any malfunctions that tend to occur when you use your self defense rounds


Make Sure To Test SD Rounds

While we are on the subject of seeing if your gun prefers any particular rounds, it should go without saying that it is vital that you test your self defense rounds at a gun range. You absolutely shouldn’t just go by what people tell you.

Every shooter is different and has unique needs, comfort zones, and so forth. Make sure that you try your self defense ammo out before deploying it as your carry ammo.

Also, practice as frequently as you can. You do not want to be faced with any surprises from your ammo when it’s “go-time”!

And of course, always remember that the knowledgeable staff at Rapture Guns & Knives are always happy to give you the information you need so that you can make an informed choice on your self defense ammo. Call us at (863) 858-1218 today.

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