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Hillbilly Body Armor

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts We recently wrote about how high velocity .223 Rem and 5.56x45mm can defeat body armor designed and rated to stop 7.62x51mm NATO.

AR500 Armor

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts There’s Something You Might Want To Know About Your AR500 Armor Level III AR500 armor has gained immense popularity in recent years. It is thin, affordable, and extremely durable. It will not crack if dropped like ceramic plates and is significantly less expensive, if a little heavier.

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 […]

What is Barrier Blind?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts What is barrier blind and why does it matter? Selecting defense ammunition can be a daunting task. Aside from the suspect “advice” you might receive from the smelly hill folk who like to hang out at gun shops and share their wisdom, manufacturers sometimes make some literally […]

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.

Sig Sauer V-Crown Defense Ammunition

The Sig Sauer V-Crown This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Sig-Sauer recently started selling ammunition branded V-Crown. It is billed as premium defense ammunition and appears at first glance to be similar to its competitors. It has a nickel plated brass case like other premium offerings and a copper jacketed, lead core, hollow […]

The Case for Copper Bullets

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Copper Bullets The very first firearms literally fired rocks. Not long after that, iron and lead projectiles came into use. Lead has the advantage of being plentiful (and therefore inexpensive) as well as being very dense and soft. The density allows a bullet to carry velocity downrange […]

How to Choose Home Defense Ammunition

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts If you are new to firearms or new to the defensive use of firearms, the staggering variety of home defense ammunition available to you may be overwhelming. There are boxes with eagles and bears and holograms and flags. Every one of them is imprinted with numbers and […]

Lehigh Controlled Fracturing Bullet Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts The Fracas Over Fracturing Lately, the Internet has been positively afire with fierce debate about the Lehigh Defense Controlled Fracturing Bullets. The camps are divided much like the ancient tribes of 9mm and .45 ACP. While this feud is relatively new, battle lines are drawn, the trenches […]

Is Newer Really Better with Bullets?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts There have been some significant advances in bullet technology over the last three or four decades, especially in regards to handgun bullets. The research that led to these advances may have been spurred in large part by the concealed carry movement but it was also motivated by […]

Are Wheel Guns Still Relevant?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts There was a time when the aphorism “Six for sure,” carried significant weight and automatic handguns were not nearly as dependable as revolvers. That time is long past, though. Modern automatic pistols are extremely reliable when loaded with quality ammunition.

What’s All the Ruckus about the Extreme Penetrator?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts There has been a great deal of commotion over the Lehigh Defense series of Extreme Penetrator bullets in recent months. It is without doubt an intriguing design with a provocative name. The bullet might remind a person of a Philips head screw driver and it is CNC […]

AK Ammo Review #1

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts 7.62x39mm Defense AK Ammo Review: Sellier & Belot 123 gr soft point If you use an AK type rifle or other carbine chambered in 7.62x39mm for home defense, you will want to choose ammunition that does a good job of converting velocity into tissue destruction. FMJ will […]

What is the Remington Black Belt?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts The “new” Remington Black Belt really isn’t all that new. To begin, it cosmetically appears to be little more than a Golden Saber with a steel band where the cannelure would be. It is also not so new in the sense that Remington has already “unveiled” it […]

M855 – Beyond the Hype

M855 – Much Ado About Nothing? This is a guest post by Andrew Betts The BATFE furiously backpedaled after initially indicating they had decided that M855 or SS109 type 62 gr FMJ 5.56mm ammunition met the definition of an armor piercing projectile. That such a decision would have been patently ridiculous apparently had no bearing […]

Old School Ammo

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Old School Ammo – Is it good enough for home defense? For decades, many law enforcement agencies issued the Federal 9BPLE load before it began to be displaced by newer projectiles such as Gold Dot and HST. It is currently available at many retail outlets and online […]

Carrying a Makarov

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Should You Trust a Commie? Carrying a Makarov. If you knew you were going into a fight, you would be a fool to choose a pistol. Pistols are not powerful. They do not point very naturally. They do not hold a lot of ammunition. They do one […]

The Mighty .357 Magnum

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts The Mighty .357 Magnum Patton carried one. The numbers 3, 5, 7 alone are synonymous with power. Few cartridges are as universally recognized and respected as the .357 magnum. People might debate 9mm vs. 45 ACP but no one argues the power, versatility, and ability of the […]

Is Over Penetration a Myth?

Is the whole over penetration issue a non issue? We have had quite a few posts on this page about ballistics and how rounds behave. One issue you always hear about is over penetration. What we are talking about is a round going through a threat and striking an innocent.

NFA Devices for Home Defense

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts NFA Devices for Home Defense The problem with opinions is that people who really don’t have any clue what they’re talking about are happy to offer one. They’ll just repeat any old garbage that they’ve heard on a subject, no matter how ridiculous and unfounded.

What is Sectional Density?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts What is sectional density and why should I care? Yawn.  Those two words sound incredibly boring. Could we maybe talk about something more exciting like IPv6 subnetting or the subtleties of the EIC allowance in the 2014 tax year vice the 2013 tax year? Okay, it may […]

Gimmick Ammo

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Gimmick Ammo – Are You Buying Snake Oil? “It slices! It dices! It’ll bake you cookies and rub your feet! But wait, there’s more! Order in the next five minutes and…” Certain ammo companies promise the world. They claim that their Extreme nytrillium trocars forged in the […]

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