The Myth of “Over Penetration”

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts I didn’t stutter. Garbage. Baloney. Hooey. Hogwash. The notion of “over penetration” has been circulated a great deal. It’s been repeated again and again by gun counter know-it-alls and 1st Interwebz Division commandos, but there is virtually no reason to be concerned about it. I am fully […]

Does Birdshot Turn Into a Slug at Close Range?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts For some reason, people desperately want birdshot to be suitable for home defense. They will come up with all manner of excuses to make that work.

Cheap Russian .308 Win for Home Defense?!?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts That’s insane, right? .308 Win is a ridiculous choice for home defense because it penetrates way too deeply and cheap Russian ammo is just garbage. Right? Except, what if that wasn’t actually the case? What if cheap Russian .308 ammunition actually performed very well and what if […]

The VMAX bullet

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts   The VMAX Bullet – Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover Sometimes something that looks pretty decent on the surface turns out to be not so great. A .300 AAC loaded with 110 gr VMAX should perform pretty well, theoretically. Sometimes the devil is in the […]

Making Birdshot Useful for Defense

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts At this point, most people should be well aware that birdshot is an extremely poor choice for defense. Sure, the knuckle dragging window lickers will proclaim that it has killed people, but so has heart disease. That doesn’t make a bucket of KFC a good home defense […]

300 Rip Out Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts By now, most people are well aware that the G2 Research RIP is a steaming lump that does only one thing well: separate fools from their money. Hopefully most people are aware that fragmentation in pistol ammunition is not desirable. Pistol ammunition does not produce velocity sufficient […]

Clearballistics Clear Gel

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Breaking: Clearballistics Clear Gel Not as Accurate as Manufacturer claims. If you have chosen your home defense ammunition based on a test performed with clear gel, you may want to reconsider. Clearballistics clear gel is extremely popular in YouTube ammo testing and with product demonstrations for gimmick […]

Is .44 Magnum Suitable for Home Defense?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts If you spend enough time around gun people, you are bound to run into that guy. The one that never misses an opportunity to tell people about how his choice of caliber makes him so much more manly than the rest of us mortals.

.300 Blackout vs 7.62x39mm, Which is Better?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Taken at face value, that question is pretty absurd. It’s like asking whether a hammer or a screw driver is “better”. For the question to have any real meaning, we need to put a finer point on it. Because this is the Home Defense Gun, the question […]

CATI level IV: A Seriously Tough Plate

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts With the Battlefield 1 trailer producing a lot of renewed interest in C&R calibers I thought it might be fun to use 8mm to test the new level IV personal body armor from CATI (Come And Take It), regardless of how unlikely it might be for Calvin […]

Armor Piercing Pistol Ammo?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts You might think that armor piercing ammunition is illegal for private citizens to own, but in reality, the prohibitions on armor piercing ammunition are all on the manufacturing and sale of it. There is actually no reason that civilians cannot possess AP ammo.

Choosing Good Defense Ammo

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Just because something does well in one area doesn’t make it suitable for a given task. Let’s say you need a ladder truck for your job as a general contractor. Engine torque and fuel economy are important factors for a work truck but a Corvette or a […]

Here We Go Again (OATH Tango review)

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Does it seem like there are more gimmick rounds introduced lately or is just me? It may have always been this way, but it really feels as though there has been a sudden proliferation of manufacturers selling magical beans to unsuspecting firearm owners.

.300 Remington 120 gr OTFB Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts   .300 Remington – Walmart Defense Ammo? I load my carry pistol and home defense rifle with premium ammunition but one of the things that really fascinates me is affordable ammunition that also has good terminal effect.

.300 Blackout HPR 150 gr JSP Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts .300 Blackout – They Can’t All Be Winners, Kid Sometimes things just don’t turn out the way you expected, or hoped. .300 Blackout is rapidly becoming a popular cartridge, as evidenced by the fact that you can buy it at Walmart now.

Could the Army’s New Ammo Ever Be Available to Civilians?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts People like to own the same thing that the military uses. There is a perception that if it is good enough for the military, then it should far exceed the lower expectations of civilian use. This perception may not always be justified, but in the case of […]

Think Twice About This Ammo

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Lehigh “Extreme Penetrator” and “Extreme Defender” look like Phillips head screwdriver bits and they have one thing in common with screwdrivers: they screw you good. Unlike most normal tools, though, they don’t work. That’s not to say that Lehigh ammo doesn’t fire or won’t poke holes in […]

6 Reasons That a .300 Blackout AR Is the Perfect Home Defense Gun

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts If you are a firearm enthusiast and you haven’t heard of .300 AAC Blackout, I’d bet a six pack that you wear clothes made from animals you trapped and haven’t taken the mule down the hill to town in a couple years. The .30 caliber cartridge based […]

4 Reasons .300 Blackout Is a Terrible Choice for Home Defense.

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Okay, so it isn’t terrible exactly. Not in the sense that leaving a bottle of lotion on the coffee table and playing “Goodbye Horses” is a terrible way to impress a date, but it also isn’t what most of the breathless fanbois are fainting over, either. A […]

Why Less Lethal Ammo is a Bad Idea

This is guest post by Andrew Betts Is less lethal ammo a good idea for home defense? It seems like a good idea, especially if your primary home defense gun is a shotgun.

SIG V-Crown – Has SIG Reinvented the Wheel?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Since its introduction, the SIG V-Crown has attracted significant attention. It is a line defense ammunition which is available in several calibers and loaded with a jacketed hollow point projectile manufactured by Sierra. The brass is nickel plated and head stamped “SIG”. On the surface it looks […]

Polycase ARX Inceptor

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts The oddly named Polycase ARX Inceptor does not have a polymer case. It has a brass case and the projectile is composed of injection molded polymer and powdered metal. The manufacturer says that it can produce wounds like those seen from rifles and manufacturers never exaggerate their […]

Wet Ammunition

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts We recently ran an article about whether Glock pistols function underwater. In keeping with that theme, what do you suppose would happen to your ammunition if it were submerged for a prolonged period of time?

Fusion Ammo for the AR

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Fusion Ammo The AR style rifle is one of the most popular firearms in the country and its popularity is growing by the day, despite its scawy bwack appearance. Then again, perhaps its popularity is partly because of the negative attention that it has received.

TulAmmo Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Kalashnikov pattern rifles are dependable weapons that are well suited to defense of home and family in virtually any situation. While the sexier AR might be more popular and offer some advantages, the AK is still a solid choice and every bit as capable in practical terms.

M855A1 Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts M855A1 Review In recent years, the US Army has adopted a new type of ammunition for its 5.56x45mm rifles and machine guns, which has attracted significant criticism, both because of the procurement process, and because of questions about the round’s actual performance.