What Bullet Should I Use for Self Defense?

Written by Richard Dockery

This is a common question without an easy answer. If you look online you will find ballistics tests, studies, reports, videos, etc. all telling you what bullet is better. The problem is there is no consistency and a lot of bias…leading you to a different answer every time. If you dig deeper into the subject and start reading medical journals, shootout results, and discussing the subject with people who have been involved in the fixing of holes bullets make, you start getting themes…themes that can help you select ammo that will increase your odds of surviving an attack.

So what does the deeper research tell us?

…to begin with, Ballistic gel (used in testing bullets to simulate human flesh) is not human skin, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc…..and doesn’t behave like it…And…Many factors vary in each shooting that have a significant influence on the effectiveness of the shot, and the reaction of the person shot….there is no standard.

…Handgun bullets rely on the destruction of tissue that the bullet comes in direct contact with. The more tissue…in the right places…the better the odds are the attacker will stop. Bigger bullets or bullets that expand bigger will contact more tissue. The further a bullet penetrates, the more tissue it will contact.

…heavier projectiles…that don’t fall apart and remain heavy…tend to penetrate deeper.

…the faster a bullet expands, the faster it will slow sown.

So what does all this mean for someone trying to buy defensive ammo?

– Buy a quality brand to begin with…not something that will fall apart or separate…or something that was so cheap you couldn’t pass up the deal (gun show specials). Names like Federal, Speer, Hornady, etc. are proven and quality.

– Choose the heaviest grain weight available for your caliber of choice.

– Select a bullet that will expand slowly…but not the ones that are selling based on how quickly they can expand, or how many pieces they break into on impact. (Rapid expansion doesn’t penetrate enough, and little fragments don’t go deep either)

– If it’s the newest/latest/greatest that does what other bullets cannot…or works different than any other bullet….chances are it is more flash and less function…avoid it.

You have a lot of options, but if you stick to a heavier round that is not “gimmicky” , is proven, and is put out by a quality company, you will increase your odds of winning when attacked. If you are still not sure sure, stop in and see us at Femme Fatale ARMS & Training. We research our products and won’t carry the junk you might find other places. Our goal is to keep you safe and help you be as effective as possible!

Femme Fatale ARMS & Training is a woman-owned business that provides education and support to an over victimized and underserved segment of our population.  We have programs to build confidence and skill without the intimidating aspects that tend to exist elsewhere in this industry.  Our goal is customer satisfaction and loyalty.  We’d appreciate an opportunity to show you how we are different, yet still, help you to accomplish your education and safety goals.

Femme Fatale Arms & Training is located at 4270 Minton Rd #107 in

West Melbourne, Florida 32904 ????We are open Mon-Sat 11 AM to 6 PM

Call us with questions at (321) 327-3790 or visit FemmeFataleArms.com for more info today.



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