Ammunition - a word filled with mystery. When I began my journey into firearms, this subject and the overwhelming confusion that it created was almost enough to stop me in my tracks! I am one of those people that just dives in and consumes information relentlessly until I capture from it what I need, and I was beyond confused. What I have come to understand is that it IS confusing! As a woman, I am not incapable, in any sense of the word, of figuring it out, (which was what I started thinking when I began researching ammunition!) what I am however is practical.
I want to know what I need to know and what it means for me, for my firearms and for my safety. I will try here to demystify and bring into clarity, the basics of what you need to know in regard to defensive ammunitions, .380, 9mm, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .40, .45 cablers. There are many other calibers than what will be discussed here so I have provided links on the bottom of the page for those who would like to go deeper into this subject.
Using the wrong ammunition in your firearm is extremely dangerous. You must know the proper ammunition for your firearm. The owners manual that comes with your firearm will tell you exactly which ammunition is safe for your firearm to shoot. Many manufacturers make the manuals available online as well.
Let's start with some basics
THE DEFINITION OF AMMUNITION:
Ammunition: the projectiles with their fuses, propelling charges, or primers fired from firearms
THE BASIC COMPONENTS OF AMMUNITION
The basic components of ammunition are the case, primer, powder, and projectile(s). Shotshells have an additional component called wad.
- Case: The container that holds all the other ammunition components together. It's usually made of brass, steel,copper, paper, or plastic.
- Primer: An explosive chemical compound that ignites the gunpowder when struck by a firing pin.Primer may be placed either in the rim of the case (rimfire) or in the center of the base of the case (centerfire).