Selecting the Proper Ammunition for your CCW
One thing many folks overlook after purchasing a CCW pistol (concealed carry weapon) is what type of ammunition to carry in the CCW’s magazines.. Ammunition for defensive purposes and that which you shoot at the range are two different animals altogether. Many people simply stuff the cheap stuff they shoot at the range into their CCW magazines, but far better options exist. There are more choices than you can shake a stick at and can be overwhelming when trying to decide on optimal grain weight and bullet type for your CCW pistol.
The most popular choices for CCW ammunition are Federal HST, Speer Gold Dot, Hornady Critical Duty/Defense and Sig Sauer V-Crown. They all offer nice Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) bullets that hold together well and meet all FBI standards for Duty approved ammunition. I always recommend the heavier bullets (grain weight) for every caliber as they retain their mass while expanding extremely well even when traveling through barriers, auto glass and heavy clothing.
When selecting a CCW load, remember that your life may depend on this ammunition. Once chosen, rotate your CCW ammunition regularly every 6 months to a year. Fire these existing rounds at the range and replace them with new, fresh ammunition. It is a cheap insurance policy to keep your magazines loaded with fresh ammunition that your life may come to depend on at some point.