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Posted On: 8/2/2022
By: Christopher Hughey
A: Thanks for waiting Christopher! S9MMPDB and RA9BA do indeed share the same type of projectile.
Posted On: 7/29/2022
By: Christopher Hughey
A: Thanks for reaching out Christopher! Not quite the same terminal performance as the Black Talon, since its bonded jacket prohibits the bullet from erecting such long and sharp jacket edges. (Hasn't got the Lubalox coating, either). I believe this round has the same bullet as RA9B – minus 23 grains, of course. Really, the main difference between Defender and Ranger Bonded label ammo is the packaging (20 vs. 50 rounds per box).
Posted On: 10/6/2020
By: Celeste cortes
A: Hello Celeste! Thank you for reaching out. Our inventory updates frequently, but we don't follow a regular schedule when it comes to updating our site. You might always find something new when you visit us. We don't have order limits either.
We have got excellent ammo in stock for self-defense with your Glock 17: luckygunner.com/9mm-124-grain-p-jhp-speer-le-gold-dot-duty-50-rounds. This has a bonded jacketed hollow point bullet, so it penetrates barriers and expands within soft tissue with great reliability – it's one of the better self-defense rounds on the market in my opinion. This is 9mm +P ammunition, so its bullet exits the barrel faster than usual. Your Glock 17 is designed to handle that added power, but because +P ammunition wears out a semi-auto faster you will want to reserve it for self-defense and not range training.
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Posted On: 7/20/2020
By: John wener
A: Hi John! When it comes to 9mm, bullet weights really aren't important enough to worry too much about. Recoil is a function of muzzle velocity and bullet weight (as well as the weight of the firearm and the propellant charge, but we won't get too into that). When a round has a 147 grain bullet, its muzzle velocity typically becomes slower, so it balances out to a fair degree.
A lightweight 115 grain bullet will have a faster muzzle velocity and resultant flatter trajectory, which you will find easier to aim. A heavyweight 147 grain bullet will have a slower muzzle velocity and resultant steeper trajectory – however, its greater mass conveys greater momentum, which may help it to penetrate more deeply.
Really, the bullet weight you should prefer for self-defense ought to be the one you most prefer firing at the rifle range. I know ammo is scarce at the moment, but you would ideally try out 115, 124, and 147 grain FMJ range loads and see which one you're most comfortable firing. Nothing ultimately matters more than that.
You're absolutely right not to want “junky” rounds for self-defense. There’s far too much at stake. All of the 9mm we have in stock at the moment is actually premium stuff. I would highly recommend the Speer Gold Dot G2 ammo: luckygunner.com/9mm-147-grain-bonded-hp-speer-le-gold-dot-g2-50-rounds. This round’s bullet is a jacketed hollow point (JHP), but its nose cavity contains elastomer that helps prevent it from clogging up during penetration. Better yet, that elastomer forces itself down into integral fissures within the core to promote highly uniform, highly damaging terminal expansion. There’s a lot of other performance enhancing features in this round like a nickel plated case (smooth feeding in a semi-auto) and efficient nose profile (jam-free feeding), but the key point I wish to make is that it’s top notch stuff.
We also have 9mm +P self-defense ammo in stock by Underwood: luckygunner.com/9mm-90-grain-p-xtreme-defender-underwood-20-rounds (Your G19 can handle +P ammo, but never, ever load +P+.) Now, a 9mm +P round has a boosted muzzle velocity, giving a super-lightweight 90 grain bullet a laser-like trajectory and plenty of energy to transfer at the moment of impact. The bullet itself doesn’t expand, but rather works like a drill bit as it penetrates soft tissue to make an absolutely cavernous wound channel. It’s unconventional, but my goodness is it ever effective for self-defense.
I hope all of this helps. If I may clarify anything or answer any other questions, you can always get me by posting a question on Lucky Gunner. Thank you!