When you have a weapon, it is no use to you unless you can source and maintain a regular supply of ammunition for it. This has become easier with online providers. For more info on supply and availability, these websites are a great place to start. Also, it should be a consideration before buying a weapon how easy the ammunition for it will be to obtain.
So, this article will consider the different types of ammunition that is available to fit the different styles of weapons out there.
There is some terminology that you should know that relates to ammunition or ammo. The term cartridge or round will refer to the entire package including the bullet, its casing, the propellant/powder used, the rim, and the primer. Whereas ammunition or ammo is the plural for the rounds. Bullet will refer to the projectile tip that is propelled from the cartridge end when the gun’s fired.
Pistols can be single shot or semi-automatic. The bullets that are commonly used in pistols include Full Metal Jacket (FMJ), Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP), Lead Round Nose (LRN), Wad Cutter (WC), Semi Wad Cutter (SWC), and Special (RCBD).
Each bullet will generally be referred to by its acronym, hence their inclusion in the above list.
So, when seeking out a pistol, check which of these fit the weapon you are intending to purchase and then check their availability online. The beauty of online is that you can check instantly that you will be able to obtain replacement ammunition, before parting with your money on the purchase. You will then want to buy ammunition in bulk to always have it to hand and save on postage costs.
Revolvers include cylinder-loading revolvers. For revolver users, the ammunition includes .22 rimfire, which is popular for teaching novice shooters and target shooting, .357 Magnum and .38 Special that the police are known to use, and the .44 Magnum that Clint Eastwood famously used in the “Dirty Harry” movies. In addition, the .45 Colt used in the Colt revolvers in the Wild West. So, there is quite a range, depending on your choice of revolver, for whatever reason.
In terms of rifles, the 308 Winchester has become one of the most popular cartridges for big-game hunting. It is also used for target shooting including benchrest target smooth and metallic silhouette, civilian hunting, military sniping, and by police marksmen.
Cartridges can vary from .30 calibre to .50 calibre and larger, or from 6mm to 9mm and larger. So, both make and size need to be considered when purchasing ammunition.
Generally, gun owners will own multiple guns, so need to purchase a variety of ammunition. It is important to know that you have ammunition to hand for each of your guns and that it is not possible to mix it up. In terms of the choice weapon for American householders, a pistol or handgun will be owned by around 72 percent, with approximately 62 percent of adults owning guns having a rifle, and 54 percent a shotgun. There is certainly the demand for the ammunition, so thank goodness for the online suppliers catering for these needs.
So, to sum up, the ammunition is out there for all needs and only needs to be matched to the correct weapon. The choice of weapon, although not entirely dictated by the ammunition, does need to be thought about carefully as a gun with no ammunition will be no use to anyone. Also, to run out of ammunition on a shoot would be frustrating when you have found your perfect vantage point. Why make a special trip out for the ammunition, when online providers can send it to you in bulk so that you may store it for when required?