6 Unbelievable Upgrades of Modern Ammo
Despite the feelings of nostalgia, the past was not necessarily the best. With the development of modern ammo, this is now more true than ever. There is an obvious and noticeable difference between the guns of yesteryear and their modern counterparts. Not only is there a lot less muzzle flash, a modern marksman can be more comfortable with his gun than his predecessors.
Technology and the rise of laser aiming has not just improved the accuracy of the average marksman; improved bullet design and gun powder utilization enables bullets to be fired faster due to the increased pressure! Today, self-defense ammo has a real and clear meaning. Today, the options are many and the quality is even higher, even for the cheapest ammo. Scroll down to find out what new magic the ammo manufacturers have made possible for firearm handling and its uses today.
The FBI Protocol
The drive for responsible use of ammo was standardized in 1986. Known as the FBI Ballistics Protocol, it resulted from the FBI losing two of its highly skilled agents due to failed ammo in a gunfight. Even though the two agents were shot multiple times before the end of the fight, both fought bravely with their defunct ammo. The FBI initially blamed the poor decision making abilities of the agents, due to the gunfight duration extending beyond the average gunfight length statistics.
But the FBI soon found the real culprit – the defunct ammo. The ballistics protocol is processed through eight tests that are mandatory. These test the firing capacity of bullets, design of the bullets and the gunpowder prior to its certification as fully functional and labelling for use. The test was conducted by firing at a gelatin block, dummies made with gelatin, glass, wallboard, 20-gauge steel sheets and laminated car windshield. The results of these tests concluded in the FBI manufacturing a special protocol to ensure that the performance of the ammo does not degrade.
Today, no ammo is supplied to law enforcement staff sans conducting this protocol.
Gun Powder Like Pixie Dust!
To talk of Grandpa’s ammo; it was the high velocity and luminescent, high flash that defined the ammo of old. This is most notably shown in old crime action movies, where the muzzle of the gun always flashed after gunfire and the exiting bullet casing was not the lone decoration.
Contrary to that, today’s manufacturers offer multiple goodies like low flash ammo; as well as better velocities without the drastic pressure pike. This is even used in the advertising of the superior ammo manufacturers today, aiding the demand of low-light shooting. Not only has this resulted in engineering bullets for better accuracy; it has also improved the flight of bullets.
Today, the gun powder does not flash, it pops and penetrates with only a subtle haze of smoke remaining.
Bullets that Scream
In earlier times, subtle changes to the ammo were all that was needed to make them suitable for self-defense. Carving out the bullets tip widened the its expansion. Today however, the engineering that goes into bullets is so intricate that each bullet inhabits manifold technologies for various impacts. One such example is the thicker jacket used on bullets that oscillate with respect to the calibers; which also tend to tear the hollow point at its tip.
The best of modern bullets are Speer Gold Dot bullets or the Federal HST. The latter is today’s conventional ammo, whose looks are twin-like in appearance to its predecessor.
Nevertheless, de facto, the bullet has been the result of a multitude of structural changes on the cavity girth, to the jacket, to the edge. All of which aid in the design for superior performance. Another noteworthy bullet of the age is the Federal Guard Dog with a makeover from FMJ. As the former had issues of over-penetrating (not good for self-defense), FGD’s best feature is limited penetration!
Furthermore, with the bullet’s end made of polymers capable of stretching, the engineering is highly sophisticated!
Quality Control for Ammos
- Even though the ammo manufacturers haven’t quite displaced the Herculean old machines; the same machines are fitted with starting presses as well as gauges with lasers and hi-fi scanners to produce flawless ammo. This helps to produce high grade ammo without losing the consistency or quality.
- It is true that flawless ammo batches are a utopia. Nevertheless, today, the quality control and testing standards are sky high, such that the number of defective ammo in today’s ammo packs are negligible.
Bonus Nickel Casings that provide an artistic veneer to bullets
It was not long ago that nickel bullets were tagged as premium purchases. Few years have passed, but now 99% of bullets sold are already cased with nickel. These casings are not just cool, but also smart.
Being more streamlined than brass, nickel also powers the bullet deftly, even in rugged chambers. Though, it is lower in quality than the handgun defensive ammo of the age and may not be the best weapon in a situation that requires force. However, nickel casings surely keep the firearm charged and ready to fire at all times.
+P and its changing meaning
It is true that the +P notation in ammunition denoted the spike in velocity. However, today the +P refers to the spike in pressure within your firearm. This has led to a drastic increase in the quality of the ammo as well as the steel which encapsulates it. Today, it is next to impossible to pick a firearm without the +P grading on it, provided you’re looking for functional ammo.
+P has been redefined with the help of neo-hollow point bullets to mean the spike in pressure and velocity of the ammo, along with the penetration and expansion of the bullet.
A noteworthy accolade of +P parameters is the fallen demand of .40 S&W ammo within the government, as well as amongst civilians in equal proportion.
In addition, the 9mms are ideally equipped with the +P ammunition. This means that your ammo is packed with sophisticated engineering designs, hi-fi gunpowder, bullets that are built to penetrate with consistency in minimum (or maximum) damage.