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“Carry Ammunition” by Tom Russell, Master Firearms Instructor with AFA

Effective ammunition is important, but knowing how to fight with that pistol with effective ferocity is much more important.

What ammunition you carry in the EDC (Every Day Carry) gun depends on the gun. I recommend a premium hollow-point like the Speer Gold Dot for 9mm thru .45acp. You want to make sure the ammunition runs reliably in your pistol. Some recommend firing 200-500 rounds of your chosen load to insure that it functions properly. Well, that’s $300-$750 worth of ammunition. Neither myself or my bank account is convinced that number of rounds is required to prove reliability.

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The premium hollow-point have lifted the 9mm up off of its knees and made it a more effective round. However, even the finest hollow-points can and do fail, and when they do you are l

Regarding the little guns, due to their lower velocity, I recommend flat-nosed solids for the .380 and the little five shot .38s, and place your shots with extra care, think eye socket. The 148 grain full-wadcutter target loads provide sufficient penetration for the .38 Special with a 2 inch barrel. It will cut a .35 caliber hole 11-14 inches deep and that is all I would ask of it.eft with a solid. This being true, I still want to punch the largest “permanent wound channel” that I can so I carry a .45, or two. All else being equal, the .45 will always punch a larger PWC. Yes, I do sacrifice a few rounds but I am okay with that. I carry a Springfield Armory XDS in .45 acp with six rounds in the gun and another seven round magazine in my pocket for a total of eleven rounds. If things tense up I will go to a full-size .45 and carry a rifle in the Durango.

Always carry extra ammunition. A spare magazine on the belt or in the pocket, and a Bianchi Speed Strip for the little .38s is a fine thing to have. If you don’t like the magazine just laying in the bottom of your pocket you might consider a thin leather magazine pouch.

Retire that carry ammo about every six months. Don’t just blow it off at the range. It’s probably still just fine, just replace it with new ammunition and put the old on the back of the shelf.

Repeat: Effective ammunition is important, but knowing how to fight with that pistol with effective ferocity is much more important.

“Carry Ammunition” by Tom Russell, Master Firearms Instructor with AFA

Effective ammunition is important, but knowing how to fight with that pistol with effective ferocity is much more important.

What ammunition you carry in the EDC (Every Day Carry) gun depends on the gun.   I recommend a premium hollow-point like the Speer Gold Dot for 9mm thru .45acp.  You want to make sure the ammunition runs reliably in your pistol.  Some recommend firing 200-500 rounds of your chosen load to insure that it functions properly.  Well, that’s $300-$750 worth of ammunition.  Neither myself or my bank account is convinced that number of rounds is required to prove reliability.

Slide1

The premium hollow-point have lifted the 9mm up off of its knees and made it a more effective round.  However, even the finest hollow-points can and do fail, and when they do you are l

Regarding the little guns, due to their lower velocity, I recommend flat-nosed solids for the .380 and the little five shot .38s, and place your shots with extra care, think eye socket.  The 148 grain full-wadcutter target loads provide sufficient penetration for the .38 Special with a 2 inch barrel.  It will cut a .35 caliber hole 11-14 inches deep and that is all I would ask of it.eft with a solid.  This being true, I still want to punch the largest “permanent wound channel” that I can so I carry a .45, or two.  All else being equal, the .45 will always punch a larger PWC.  Yes, I do sacrifice a few rounds but I am okay with that.  I carry a Springfield Armory XDS in .45 acp with six rounds in the gun and another seven round magazine in my pocket for a total of eleven rounds.  If things tense up I will go to a full-size .45 and carry a rifle in the Durango.

Always carry extra ammunition.  A spare magazine on the belt or in the pocket, and a Bianchi Speed Strip for the little .38s is a fine thing to have.  If you don’t like the magazine just laying in the bottom of your pocket you might consider a thin leather magazine pouch.

Retire that carry ammo about every six months.  Don’t just blow it off at the range.  It’s probably still just fine, just replace it with new ammunition and put the old on the back of the shelf.

Repeat: Effective ammunition is important, but knowing how to fight with that pistol with effective ferocity is much more important.

Rifles: The M1 Rifles Belong To The Citizens Of America

M1-Garand - John-Wayne“In my opinion, the M1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised,” General George S. Patton.  General Patton was, of course, speaking of mighty M1 Garand Rifles used by our servicemen in the defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan; additionally the M1 Garand was utilized in securing the freedom of South Korea from communist domination.

South Korea recently attempted to return and sell 850,000 M1 Rifles to American citizens This effort was blocked by the Obama Administration. An official from the South Korean Ministry of National Defense was quoted in the Korean Times stating, “The U.S. insisted that imports of the aging rifles could cause problems such as firearm accidents…” This excuse is simply ridiculous in light of the fact that our government sells this same rifle to Americans through the Civilian Marksmanship Program, as well as providing training in its use.

These great rifles serve as reminders of some of the greatest moments in American history.

American GIs clawed their way up Omaha Beach with this rifle in hand. With the M1 Rifle, Marines blasted their way across the sands of Iwo Jima and up the tortured slopes of Mt. Suribachi to raise the American Flag. Five years later, with these same rifles, they cut their way through 60,000 Communist Chinese to escape the frozen hell of the Chosin Reservoir. With this rifle, Americans crushed the murderous forces of communism and socialism and secured the freedom of tens of millions of people. As it stands now, Americans are being told by the President’s administration that we can’t own these rifles because there might be “firearm accidents”! We are Americans!, and the only “accident” we need to concern ourselves with is the election of a man who does not honor the Constitution he swore to “uphold and defend” or the Bible he placed his hand on when he stated that oath.

The M1 Garand was developed and produced with American tax dollars. There is no Constitutional, practical, or moral reason why American citizens should be prevented from having the opportunity to purchase a piece of our American history. Our fathers fought and saved, lived and died, with these rifles in their hands. These are our rifles!

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