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Which Ammunition To Use

Updated: Jun 21, 2018

The three B's of ammunition selection
How To Select The Proper Ammunition

Sometimes selecting ammunition can seem like a daunting task, especially if you are relatively new to the world of handguns. There are a plethora of terms to understand, almost like learning to speak a new language; caliber, grain, FMJ, hollow point, ball round, and so on. This week we will focus on taking the mystery out of these terms.

Today we will talk about the basics of making sure you get the right caliber ammunition for your particular handgun. Using the wrong type can cause damage to your firearm as well as to yourself. Making a proper selection is crucial. To do this, you can use the 3 B's of ammunition selection.


Look on the barrel (or slide on a semi-auto) of your firearm to see what caliber it takes.


Check the box to see that it contains the proper ammunition for your handgun.


Check the stamp on the back of your ammunition to ensure that it is the proper caliber for your handgun. This is especially crucial if your are using loose ammunition that is not in a manufacturer's box.

Using these 3 simple steps will allow you to select your ammunition with confidence.


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