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It’s been a busy week over at Ruger, as the gun manufacturer announced the addition of three new products.

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By Dave Campbell
December 03, 2014

Handgun aficionados are as loyal to their favorite cartridges as their riflemen counterparts.

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DIANNE DAY wrote:
December 16, 2014

22mag.hollowpoint is the alround best

Ron wrote:
December 16, 2014

I thought the title of this article was: AMERICA'S TOP FIVE HANDGUN CARTRIDGES and not DAVE CAMPBELL'S FAVORITE HANDGUN CARTRIDGE Then you begrudgingly include the most populat cartridge in America because it isn't American-invented? If you wanted this to be a comparo of American-invented handgun cartidges, then the title SHOULD have read: TOP FIVE AMERICAN-INVENTED CARTRIDGES And, what percent of the gun-owning public tote around a .44 revolver instead of a 1911 .45ACP semi or a .357 Magnum revolver? I'd venture to say that more people carry a .410/45 long revolver. Police departments are trading in their .40SW's in droves, in case you have not visited any of the online wholesalers lately. They are all going to 9mm. because of the improvements in ammo and the increased shot capacity given how poor is the hit-to-miss ratios of the under-trained police forces across the country. If you were to count just the casings, you would find that the .9mm case is used in the .380 ACP aka .380Auto, aka 9mm Browning, aka 9mm x 17, aka 9mm Short (or Kurz ), aka 9mm Corto (or 9mm CIP). And then you move up a notch to the 9mm x 18 or Makarov, then the 9mm Luger, aka 9 x 19, aka Parabellum, and finally, the 9mm x 23, aka 9mm Largo, aka Bergman-Bayard, aka Bayard Long. And that's just from one cartridge. Sure the .38 Special and .357 also share the same cartridge, as does the 10mm that was cut down to the .40S&W because it was too hot for police to handle. Not to be outdone, Sig Sauer also took the 10mm, cut it down but also0 and necked it down to a 9mm bullet to produce the .357 Sig. So, not only is the 9mm cartidge ubiquitous, so is the bullet. Luger may have invented the 9mm, but it looks nothing like a Federal 147gr Hydra-Shok, noe does it act like one. Good old AMERICAN technology isd what madew the 9mm the all-around round of choice. Funny thing about the 9mm +P v. the .40 SW +P in the same hollow-point configurations: That is, there is not that much difference in the size and penetation of the mushroomed bullets after gfoing through the requisite four layers of denim and 12' of ballistics gel. And when you compare wound cavities, the 9mm is just as deadly as the .40SW with a lot less recoil and a lot more ammo to be able to carry. It's the shock to the system that stops the assailant - not the raw size and power of the projectile.

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