Types of Bullets
Imagine for a moment that you and your spouse are home with your children sound asleep in their nearby bedrooms. You hear unmistakable sounds coming from downstairs and immediately go on high alert.You're confident in your abilities because you've trained with your firearm for just such an occurrence: a home invasion that puts you and your family at risk of harm, or worse. You retrieve your firearm and go to investigate, immediately encountering the intruder.You're certain you've accounted for everything in this scenario. Or have you?As you know, there are several basic types of bullets, but each has its own built-in strengths, though none are perfect in every scenario.• Full metal jacket ammo is made of a soft lead core encased in hard metal, such as cupronickel (a copper-nickel alloy, and strengthening ingredients such as iron and manganese). These projectiles are designed to retain their shape and carry a high muzzle velocity, piercing the target and often passing completely through the target.• Hollow point bullets penetrate the target but are less likely to leave an exit wound. The projectile increases in size upon impact and transfers more of the impact energy to the surrounding tissue.In the case of a home intruder — or even in the case of self-defense in a public setting — a hollow-point bullet will take down an assailant with much less risk of collateral damage by striking an innocent bystander, or your child in the next room.Check your firearms at home to make certain your self-defense weapon is loaded with the appropriate hollow-point ammo.