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Handgun Ammo

Below we have a list and a description of some of the handgun ammunition from around the world. We hope to make much of it available to customers as soon as possible.
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.40 Smith & Wesson (S&W)

This calibre was developed as a joint venture between Winchester and Smith & Wesson in 1989. It was an effort to to create a calibre with the same power as the 10mm Norma shot that the FBI had just started using, but in a shorter case. The shorter calibre would facilitate accuracy and allow use of a tinyer, more comfortable grip frame. The .40 S&W has become the calibre of choice for many law enforcement agencies in the USA. Typical bullet weight for this calibre ranges from 135 to 180 grains with an average muzzle energy that approaches 500 ft-lbs.

.38 Special

Colt brought out its own version of the .38 Special in 19099. The .38 Special is considered one of the best-balanced handgun calibres ever made.  It is also one of the most accurate and very widely used for match shooting. This below the speed of sound shot is available with bullet weights.  The 38 Colt Special, this calibre was developed by S & W and was brought in with its Military & Police Model revolver in 1902. This was originally a military calibre to replace the 38 Long Colt then in use by the Army.

.357 Magnum

Now factories offer over fifty different loadings in this caliber. Bullet weights range from 110 to 200 grains with an average muzzle energy exceeding 500 ft-lbs.This calibre was First produced in 1935 by Smith & Wesson. Ammunition was developed by Winchester with Smith & Wesson. Using a version of the .38 Special case, the .357 Magnum was quickly accepted by hunters and police.  it was claimed to pierce the body panels of automobiles and crack engine blocks. It has less power than .44 Magnum, it compares to the .45 ACP, and with better armor penetration.

.45 Glock Automatic Pistol (GAP)

The 45 Glock Automatic Pistol (GAP) was developed by Glock. The same over-all length as a 9 mm Luger or .40 S&W. The .45 GAP operates at a higher pressure than the .45 ACP to make up for the tinyer chamber volume. the traditional .45 ACP loading of a 230-grain bullet at 830 ft/s would not be possible in the .45 GAP, but careful gunpowder selection on the part of ammunition makers. Typical bullet weights now range from 180 to 230 grains. The calibre was made by GLOCK to be used in the medium frame sized GLOCK 37 semi-automatic pistol. It is based on the .45 ACP pistol calibre, but it is somewhat shorter.  

.45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP)

This calibre was developed in 1905 and adopted by the USA Ordnance Department in 1911.   This is a heavy and powerful shot with bullet weights from up to 260 grains.  It has also been made the official military handgun chambering by several other governments. The 45 Automatic is the most powerful military handgun calibre in use today. Even while its muzzle energy can exceed 400 ft-lbs, its velocity and bullet weight creates a steep trajectory curve that limits its effective range.

.17 Mach 2

This is a  supersonic varmint shot that travels double the swiftness of sound. Its swiftness and load provide a near-flat course to 100 yards, but past that distance it loses successful energy. This newer calibre is based on a .22 caliber long rifle rim fire case that is necked down to seat a 17 grains, .17 caliber bullet. Even while the overall length of the .17 Mach 2 is the same as the .22 long rifle, the necked portion of the shell is extended to maintain the tinyer projectile. Keeping the overall size equal to  the .22 long rifle makes it easier for makers to re tool 22 caliber rim fire guns to the very much newer .17 Mach 2 calibre.

.17 Hornady Magnum Rim fire (HMR)

This is a supersonic varmint-  bullet that travels over double the swiftness of sound with near flat trajectory to 100 yards. As done with the .17 Mach 2, the .17 HMR is sized such that makers can easily re-tool .22 WMR gun designs to the newer .17 HMR calibre.  The larger calibre and load gives the .17 HMR more than 1-1/2 times the energy at 100 yards then the tinyer .17 Mach 2. This newer calibre is based on a .22 Magnum (WMR) rim fire case that is made down to seat a 17 grain, .17 caliber.

.22 long rifle (long rifle)

Modern .22 long rifle High Velocity calibres drive a muzzle velocity of 1255 fps and muzzle energy of 140 ft-lbs from a rifle barrel. This rim fire calibre has become the most popular sporting and target shooting calibre in the world. In 1887 developed the .22 long rifle rim fire calibre, which used the .22 Long calibre case developed 16 years earlier, with a 40 grain shot nose bullet loaded to a higher velocity than the older 29 grain .22 Long bullet.

 In 1977 CCI brought in a hyper-velocity version of the .22 LONG RIFLE with a lighter bullet . The result was a 31% increase in muzzle velocity and a 24% increase in muzzle energy over the High Velocity version.

.22 Winchester Magnum Rim fire (WMR)

First produced in 1959 this calibre pushes the limits of pressure possible with a rim fire case. Also referred to as the esteemed .22 Magnum, the .22 WRM was initially offered with 4 velocity of 2000 fps from a rifle barrel and 1550 fps from a pistol barrel. Due to the high supersonic velocity, .22 WMR calibres are loaded with jacketed bullets.

.25 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP)

Also referred to as the .25 Auto. It is a semi-rimmed centerfire calibre with fairly high velocity for its tiny size. Winchester brought in a hollow point load in an effort to improve terminal ballistics.   This calibre was First produced in the USA  with the Colt manufactured "Vest Pocket" plaid pistol.   The energy it delivers at any range is quite low sadly for you. The full metal jacketed bullet has very poor stopping or killing power on anything. The .25 ACP is not powerful enough for hunting anything but pests. The .25 auto caliber pistols are popular because of their tiny size and low cost.

.32 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP)

From Europe in 1899, this semi-rimmed centerfire calibre came to the USA when Colt brought in its Pocket Model semiautomatic pistol. It The .32 ACP was brought in with a at a muzzle velocity of slightly over 900 fps with a shot 130 foot pounds energy of muzzle.  the .32 ACP is considered by many as too weak to be an effective self-defense shot. But it has been an extremely popular caliber,.

.380 Automatic - AKA 9mm Kurz, 7.65mm Browning

9x18mm - AKA 9mm Makarov

9mm Parabellum - AKA 9mm Luger, 9mm NATO

From 1902 the pistol and calibre was first adopted by the German Navy in 1904 and then by the German Army in 1908. This calibre has since been adopted by the military. It has become the most popular and widely-used handgun calibre in the world by far. Performance wise, the 9mm calibre has somewhat more power than the .38 Special but falls well short of the .357 Magnum. A typical 115 grain bullet will have an average muzzle velocity of 1200 fps and the muzzle energy a shot 350 ft-lbs.

357 SIG

SIGARMS, in partnership with Federal Calibre, developed the 357 SIG calibre in 1994. ). The 357 SIG design is an attempt to create a calibre with killing that would approach the larger .357 Magnum revolver shot, but in a tinyer package that can fit comfortably in the grip of a semi-automatic weapon. Despite the manufacturer's claims, it is not quite as powerful as an actual .357 Magnum, but it exceeds the power of a .40 S&W calibre.


Our currently incomplete list of handgun ammo is listed below

9x19mm Parabellum (Glock 17, 18, 19, 26, 34)
10mm Auto (Glock 20, 29)
.45 ACP (Glock 21, 30, 36)
.40 S&W (Glock 22, 23, 24, 27, 35)
.380 ACP (Glock 25, 28)
.357 SIG (Glock 31, 32, 33)
.45 GAP (Glock 37, 38, 39)

Some of this ammo may or may not be available to Canadians. We hope to stock as much of it as we can as soon as we can!


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