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Go to ammo for Concealed Carry with short barreled 9mm’s?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:50 pm
What’s your go to ammo for a concealed carry handgun with a 3 - 3.5 inch barrel. Your ammo should be of course; reliable, has good expansion, penetration, and affordable! If you can only afford a couple of boxes of the $50.00 a box stuff because online test videos look great, but you can’t afford to practice with it, then I’d consider it worthless. You have to be able to be proficient with your gun and the ammo you use. So, what is your choice for carry ammo?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:55 pm
for 9x19mm, Remington Golden Sabre. It consistently gets great reviews in all the articles I read even though it may not be the top. The top SD ammo changes like I change underwear, but the Golden Sabre is always in the mix.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:42 pm
I don't care so much about expansion. For me, the most important two things are reliable and accurate.

In that order.

With that said, I still prefer my handloads. And 165 gr bullets.

Of course, if I'm carrying a 9mm at the time.

They're heavy and slow and no expansion at all. But, there would be no doubt about it if you hit someone with one.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:09 pm
I am using 9mm NovX +P Engagment ammo and Hornady Critical Defense. I alternate them so that there is always one or the other as the following shot. I know that the NovX is a light weight, high velocity projectile that focuses on expansion and some may argue that is not ideal. However, that is why I back it up with a Hornady Critical Defense that is a good penetrating round.

I sincerely hope that I never have to use either of them for their intended task!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:13 am
^ I alternate the rounds in my AR mags for that same reason. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who does that.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:24 pm
John A. wrote:I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who does that.


I do the same in my anti-bear-critter shotguns while hiking. One slug, one buckshot, one slug, one buckshot.... Loaded for either 4 or 2-legged critters.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:42 am
An instructor I respect alternates with the top 3 9mm defense rounds. That was the first time I heard about doing that.

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