Pack a “Punch” with New Bullet Line

Federal’s diverse budget-friendly choices for concealed carry check the boxes – even come in .22 LR.

Story by Phil Massaro, Photos by Massaro Media Group

Not all handgun bullets are created equal. My dad – Ol’ Grumpy Pants – still relies on a mixture of lead flat nosed bullets and military ball ammo to feed his .38 Special and .45 ACP, and while I certainly don’t want to be shot by either of the classic bullet designs, I am well aware that modern designs have a multitude of advantages.
While I also enjoy the full metal jackets and cast lead bullets – though I usually use them for target practice unless we’re talking about hard-cast hunting bullets – I rely on premium handgun bullets in my everyday carry guns. The majority of my handgun ammunition consists of Federal’s Hydra-Shok and HST, as the pair have proven to be the most consistent in the FBI protocol testing, and they shoot accurately in my handguns. But as wonderful as that pair are, they are expensive to produce and equally expensive to purchase. Maybe there is room for a middle-of-the-road choice that blends the best features for the citizen to carry in a defensive weapon – a bullet that will save your bacon yet both penetrate and expand reliably.

The Federal 124-grain 9mm Luger load is a great choice for a low-recoiling, short-barreled carry gun.
Federal checked that box with the release of their Punch ammunition line. Relying on the wealth of experience gained during decades of building what law enforcement considers to be the best handgun bullets available, Federal set out to produce a simple, effective and affordable handgun bullet for the masses. The goal was one that will feed properly when it has to, and give the necessary accuracy in addition to the blend of expansion and penetration needed to stop a threat. Assessing the Hydra-Shok, Hydra-Shok Deep and HST, and removing the costly features that the FBI and other agencies require to pass their protocols, Federal wiped the slate clean and developed the Punch bullet.

The Punch line includes many popular handgun calibers, including the beefy 10mm Auto. (FEDERAL PREMIUM)
THE PUNCH LINE is rather diverse, including the classic autoloading cartridge like the 9mm Luger, .40 S&W, 10mm Auto and .45 ACP, as well as the .38 Special in the +P guise and, much to my surprise, .22 Long Rifle. The projectiles designed for the centerfires all have common traits: they are copper-jacketed hollowpoints with the jacket skived to initiate expansion. The entire product line is loaded in nickel-plated cases for smooth feeding and long-term corrosion-resistance. My own hands, replete with acidic sweat, can tarnish a brass case quickly when I handle them often, and I appreciate the benefits of a nickel-plated case, whether on a safari in the heat of Africa or in my everyday carry gun.

“Concealed-carry permit holders, especially new shooters, need an uncomplicated answer to the question, ‘What ammo do I need for self-defense?’” said Chris Laack, Federal handgun ammunition product manager. “Things to consider such as function, reliable ignition, barrier performance, terminal performance, ballistics and other considerations are a lot to digest for most people. What consumers really need to know is it will function in their gun every time and that it will be effective stopping a threat as quickly as possible. Punch is our easy answer for them.”

Added Laack, “Punch is the first Federal Premium-branded personal defense line we made that was not specifically designed for law enforcement. Punch ammo was created based on what we’ve learned over 30-plus years of being the leader in law enforcement handgun ammunition.”

A federal Punch bullet recovered from bare gel; note the wide expansion. (FEDERAL PREMIUM)
Unlike Federal’s law enforcement bullets, which are designed to perform well when fired through a variety of barriers like steel and plywood, Punch ammo is a Federal Premium product designed specifically with the personal defender in mind. During the development of Punch ammunition, Federal’s engineering team set out to create a brand-new Federal Premium bullet that excelled in evaluations that were most relevant to typical self-defense scenarios, primarily bare gel and heavy clothing. They used what they’ve learned about jacket skives, which metals to use and other aspects of handgun bullet design, and applied that to engineering the optimum self-defense bullet.
“Many personal defenders think, ‘If it works for law enforcement, then it’s good for me.’ That is a great guideline and still our ultimate recommendation,” said Laack. “But that may add features not necessarily required for everyone’s daily carry.” What are the major differences between the premium designs and Federal’s new Punch? Well, due to the requirements of the various law enforcement offices, the HST and Hydra-Shok need to perform in a number of different mediums, including solid barriers, heavy clothing, auto glass and more, resulting in a stiff bullet with fantastic penetration.
Make no mistake, there is absolutely nothing wrong with relying on these bullets, but if you look at the most common defensive situations – those in which the goal is to either neutralize the threat or to get yourself to safety – this level of bullet may not be needed, and in some circumstances can result in over penetration.
The right and need to save one’s own life, or the lives of family and others, is undeniable, but the risk of hitting an innocent bystander should be a concern. And just as when using a rifle in a defensive situation, the risk of wounding or killing someone behind the perpetrator when using too stiff a bullet is a reality. The Punch is designed for the citizen who needs to use their handgun to save themselves or others, and it concentrates on that situation.

The frontal view of a Punch bullet upset, expanded to a wide diameter for energy transfer. (FEDERAL PREMIUM)
I USED A few different handguns to test the Federal Punch, including my dad’s Colt Officer’s Model Special .22 LR revolver, a Sig P938 subcompact 9mm, my Smith & Wesson Model 36 snubnose .38 Special, and my beloved Sig Sauer 1911 STX in .45 ACP.

Field results: the Federal Punch just plain shoots. I put targets out at 10 and 15 yards – further than the 7-yard standard – to assess the accuracy results, and came away very happy. Of the lineup, I spend the most time with the S&W .38 and the Sig Sauer STX .45 ACP, and the targets confirm that, though the other guns were more than accurate enough. In the autoloaders, there were no feeding or extraction problems at all, and the revolvers all ejected smoothly with no pressure signs whatsoever.

The Punch .38 Special +P load complements the classic snubnosed revolver very well.
What Federal has done is create a bullet unique to each cartridge, changing the geometry of the hollow point and jacket thickness to best serve each design. The six Punch centerfire options include a .380 Auto 85-grain offering with a muzzle velocity of 1,000 feet per second, a .38 Special +P 120-grain load at 1,070 fps, a 9mm 147-grain load at 1,150 fps, a .40 S&W 165-grain load at 1,130 fps, a 10mm Auto 200-grain load at 1,100 fps, and a .45 Auto 230-grain load at 890 fps.
All the ammo I tested hit the target at point of aim, with the sole exception of the .38 Special +P load, which hit a couple inches high from my gun. The .22 LR Punch load features a 29-grain lead-core bullet with a heavy nickel jacket – not plating – and a flat meplat.
The lead core is specifically engineered to perform well out of the shorter barrels of defensive handguns. “We’ve talked about making a .22 LR defensive load for some time,” said Dan Compton, Federal’s manager of shotshell and rimfire ammunition. “We finally decided that people are already carrying .22 LRs, so we might as well build a .22 bullet optimized for protection. We’re not trying to replace the 9mm. We decided that for a .22 defense bullet, penetration was more important than expansion.”

This Colt revolver gave consistent results
with the Federal Punch .22 LR 29-grain load.
Five shots from author
Phil Massaro’s Sig
Sauer 1911 in .45 ACP
at 10 yards in a tight
group builds all sorts
of confidence.
The 29-grain bullet out penetrated the .25 Auto with a 50-grain bullet and the .32 Auto with a 60-grain hollow point; the .22 LR Punch load gave a penetration depth of 13.75 inches in bare gelatin.
Federal’s Punch line looks at results in bare gel and through heavy clothing only; those are the parameters most closely associated with defensive situations. At roughly two-thirds to three-quarters of the price of the premium stuff, it can stretch your shooting dollar considerably without compromising effectiveness.
Considering the day-to-day rigors of carry ammunition – daily exposure to weather, heat, air conditioning, sweaty hands, etc. – the sealed primers and nickel cases of the Punch ammo will certainly show the advantages. As ammo hits the shelves again, thank goodness, try a box of Punch in your everyday carry gun. I think you’ll be happily surprised with the results.

The Versatile 10mm

First developed to combine the attributes of the 9mm Luger and the .45 ACP, this round is now one of the best handgun hunting cartridges made for semiautomatics.

Story and Photos by Jason Brooks

A comparison of 9mm, .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, 10mm, .45 ACP and .44 Magnum cartridges.
Handgun shooters know that two of the most popular calibers are the 9mm Luger (Parabellum) and the .45 ACP. The latter is slow but makes a big hole, while the faster 9mm tends to lose energy quickly once it hits the target but shoots fast and flat. In a perfect world, a gunmaker would bridge these two rounds to make a fast and hard-hitting bullet.
It is this very idea that led Lieutenant Colonel John “Jeff” Cooper to come up with what we now know as the 10mm Auto. Back in 1983, the search began by looking at the speed of the 9mm Luger and the energy of the .45 ACP. The idea was that if a round could shoot fast, which means flatter trajectory, and could hit hard, then it would fit the military’s need, as well as that of law enforcement and civilian use for self-defense. The 10mm was created by taking a .30 Remington rifle case and cutting it down to .992 inch and opening the mouth large enough to seat the 10mm (.400-inch) bullet.
Overall length is 1.240 inches up to an acceptable 1.260 inches. The round shoots 180-grain bullets very well, but loads are available for lighter and faster projectiles down to 135 grains, which shoot nearly 400 feet per second faster than the 115-grain bullet out of a 9mm. It is also loaded with 200-grain powerhouses that shoot around 300 fps faster than the 230-grain .45 ACP. It seems that Lt. Col. Cooper was onto something when the 10mm was developed.

FIRST CALLED THE 10mm Super, the cartridge never really shined. This could be because there was already a 10mm Super on the market so a name change had to be made; this set back the rise to fame, as shooters didn’t know what the 10mm was all about. In 1989, the FBI decided to issue the 10mm to their agents. This occurred after the shootout in Miami, Florida, in which five FBI agents were injured and two were killed when they attempted to arrest two bank robbers. The agents were armed with .357 Magnums and .38 Specials, both revolvers. After the incident the FBI realized they needed more firepower in their issued sidearms, both in ammo capacity and in bullet performance. Through testing, and like Lt. Col. Cooper, they decided the 10mm fit their needs. But there was one reason why the military and even the civilian world never really accepted the 10mm and that was felt recoil A fast and heavy round means there will be a bit of push back when you pull the trigger.
Smaller-framed agents couldn’t handle the recoil of the 10mm. When it comes to law enforcement, it is more important to hit your target with a light-shooting bullet than miss with a heavy one. For personal defense, a lot of times just producing a handgun will stop the encounter and then the loud bang could thwart the criminal. But for law enforcement, where each round has to be accounted for, it is imperative that the intended target is hit. Because of this, the FBI decided to go with another new round on the market, very similar to the 10mm, the .40 Smith & Wesson (S&W). The .40 S&W was built on the 10mm case and bullet, using the same 10mm projectile but in a shorter case that held less powder, shot slower and therefore had less recoil. Most law enforcement departments today use the .40 S&W.

Once again the 10mm loses its popularity before it really begins, but it doesn’t disappear completely. The 10mm Auto is a straight-walled cartridge that lends itself well to semiauto handguns. With faster velocities and harder-hitting bullets than the two most popular handgun rounds for self-defense, it took hunting guides and backcountry users to help this round shine. Some outdoor enthusiasts, including hunters, guides and hikers who ventured into grizzly bear country, would carry the light and fast .357 Magnum. Others would choose “hand cannons” such as the .500 Smith & Wesson, but most chose the .44 Magnum. All of these come in revolvers, which means limited ammo and slower followup shots, especially in single-action configurations while using one hand. Then gun manufacturers such as Kimber Arms, which teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, started making the 10mm in the infamous 1911 model.

“With faster velocities and harder-hitting bullets than the two most popular handgun rounds for self-defense, it took hunting guides and backcountry users to help this round shine,” writes Brooks, whose Kimber Camp Guard 10mm – a collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, thus the organization’s logo on the grip.
A TRIED-AND-TRUE DESIGN, the 1911 has been relied upon by the U.S. military in every war since World War I, until our armed forces switched to the faster 9mm Luger from the slow .45 ACP. So when it came time for Kimber and RMEF to come up with a handgun that would protect you in grizzly country, as well as function under stress with a time- and battle-tested platform, it only made sense they used the 1911. When it came to cartridges, it is no surprise that they chose the 10mm Auto. It has less recoil than the .44 Magnum, though it has near energy performance and hits harder than the .357 Magnum. Kimber came up with the 1911 Camp Guard, which sports a brushed silver frame, eight-round magazine and wood grips that are engraved with the RMEF logo and does the ever-overshadowed 10mm justice for the backcountry.
The Glock model 20 holds 15 rounds, nearly double that of the Kimber, and is often the choice of hunting guides. It is easy to use, nearly failsafe in harsh conditions and holds a lot of ammo. For the hunter, this extra ammo capacity is a bit much and adds weight to the handgun that is not needed. Of course you could not put all 15 rounds in the magazine but that goes against all training and recommendations, since the Glock model 20’s key selling point is that it does hold all that ammo.

For those who venture into bear country, they know the dangers are real. In the last 20 years there have been 60 fatal bruin attacks with 30 of those coming from grizzlies and a surprising 28 from black bears. Two were from polar bears and if you are attacked by a polar bear, then you have other concerns besides which handgun you are carrying, such as frostbite in July.
The 10mm hits hard enough to sting a grizzly and make it run away. A fatal shot would likely be at extremely close range and not necessarily instant unless hit in the head at the right angle. But stopping the attack is the end goal, not necessarily killing the grizzly on sight. But for black bears and other big game, the 10mm would do the job just fine, again at close ranges.

THE 10MM IS truly a semiautomatic handgun for the hunter. Those who choose to pursue deer, hogs, antelope, javelina, black bears and mountain lions with a handgun can carry the 10mm with confidence. For years the .357 Magnum was a popular choice and it always will be, but the 10mm ammunition manufacturers are marketing bullets for the hunter as well.
Hornady came out with a line of ammo last year known as Handgun Hunter. The bullet used in this line of ammunition is designed to hit hard and then expand faster than a traditional hollowpoint bullet. This is achieved by using a copper alloy that has a 95-percent weight retention and then the open cavity is filled with an elastomer material. When the bullet makes impact, the elastomer compresses, which pushes outward and causes the bullet to expand faster.

Thanks to this technology in bullet designs like this, a handgun is a viable tool for hunting. Other manufacturers such as Federal make lines of hunting-specific ammunition in the 10mm, including a 180-grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw that leaves the muzzle at 1,275 fps. This round is perfect for deer-sized game, especially for hunters who use a tree stand where shots will be close and not rushed. For defending yourself in grizzly country, Federal also loads the 200-grain Swift A-Frame, which shoots 1,175 fps from the muzzle and at 100 yards is still traveling 1,020 fps. For a semiauto handgun, that is pretty fast and very hard-hitting with a 200-grain bullet.
The 10mm Auto is a good option for self-defense, either in the city or in the backcountry. It has been around for nearly 40 years, first developed to combine the attributes of the 9mm Luger and the .45 ACP, and is now one of the best handgun hunting cartridges made for semiautomatic firearms. When you need a lot of firepower and you need it now, the 10mm is one of the best options. Maybe it took so long to become popular because it is so versatile and each niche shooter couldn’t believe it would fit their needs, when in reality it fits them all.

10mm vs 45ACP

If you’re looking for a powerful cartridge for your semi-auto handguns. Then it boils down to a couple of choices.
The 10mm and the .45 ACP.
Both of these are widely popular so many will have a difficult decision to choose.
Some folks that have the money will get both. However, for this scenario we need to choose one.
Even if you do own both a 10mm Auto and a .45 ACP handgun, how do you know which one is best for certain task?
Both of their capabilities overlap each other but their characteristics and traits differ.
Each has distinct strengths and weaknesses.
Anyways, we’ll keep this un-biased and help you decide which one is best for you.

Brief History
.45 ACP: John Browning’s Masterpiece
John Browning .45 ACP is the iconic cartridge for over 100 years.
His thinking was on designing a cartridge to shoot a big full metal jacket, slow bullet that has knock down power, alias “man-stopper”.

It was a highly popular among gun enthusiasts.
Typically a .45 ACP load is a 230-grain bullet that fires at 830 fps for 355 foot-pounds of muzzle energy.
This was the gold standard for short range with knock down power in a handgun, this ruled for many decades.
As mentioned earlier using FMJ ammunition is highly effective in a .45 ACP.
The military adopted the legendary 1911 pistol that drove the .45 ACP in all of our military wars from World War I to Vietnam and other small conflicts throughout the globe.
This cartridge even found its way into the law enforcement world, gun hobbyist and hunters in the U.S.
Many manufactures make this popular 1911 pistol, these includes:
Colt, Dan Wesson, Kimber, Remington, Rock River, Sig Sauer and Springfield. Obviously, not the complete list.

Popular Glocks also makes it in .45 ACP as well for those that don’t prefer the 1911 model. Glock offers:
the Glock 21 (full-size), 30 (compact), 36 (sub-compact) and 41 (competition). The same goes for the H&K45, the Ruger American, SR45 and the Springfield XD.

One of the big thing about the .45 ACP is its big recoil, but most hard-core gunners don’t find this a problem.
Competitive shooters love the .45 ACP because its very accurate. The round itself is very affordable and available everywhere, online or in-store.

10mm Auto: Jeff Cooper’s Conception
During the 1970s and 80s shooter only had 2 choices for the semi-automatic handgun cartridges, it was the 9mm Luger and the .45 ACP.
The .45 ACP went with the “slower heavier bullet” route while the 9mm went the opposite direction with a lighter high velocity bullets.
Legendary gun trainer Jeff Cooper wasn’t satisfied with the two cartridges. So, he teams up with the Swedish ammunition company Norma A.B. to build what he considered the ideal combat handgun cartridge.

The result was the 10mm auto: its a medium-bore cartridge that really has a “kick ass” punch.
First introduced in 1983, the original load was a .40-caliber, 200-grain bullet at 1,200 fps for a 759 foot-pounds of muzzle energy.

Dornaus & Dixon Enterprises came out with the first production of the Bren Ten which was very popular.
However, the company suffered many production issues which forced the company to go into bankrupt.

With the demise of the Bren Ten and there wasn’t any other 10mm pistols in mass production at the time.
Other big manufactures like Colt and Glock decides to fill this gap.
Colt produced the “Delta Elite”, a modified 1911 that propels the 10mm.
Glock followed suit few years later with its Glock 20.

For those that wanted more variety of 10mm pistols to choose from, there just wasn’t that many available compared to the .45 ACPs.
Glock also had the G40 with the long-slide released in 2015 which was popular among hunters and shooters.
Few others have started showing up on the market radar such as:
Sig P220
Dan Wesson Razorback
Wilson Combat Hunter (Ted Nugent)

The FBI even looked at adopting it, but had its 10mm design in lite mode back in the 80s. The cause for the reduced-power 10mm was due to their agents not being able to handle its stout recoil.
Smith&Wesson eventually came out with a .40 S&W, which was a shortened cartridge that had the same capabilities as the 10mm.
Hunters like its the 10mm because of its hard-hitting, flat-shooting characteristics, which is great for deer hunting.
It also passes as a bear-defense cartridge.
-One of the big complaint for 10mm’s is the power, this creates huge recoil.
But is it that bad of a recoil?
Many experienced shooters have attest that 10mm recoils only a little more with than the .45 ACP. So, well-trained shooters using good quality handguns can handle it without much trouble. So maybe, not for the newbie.
-10mm ammunition isn’t as common as the .45 ACP’s.
Here are some of the major ammo manufactures that make 10mm.

  • Barnes
  • Buffalo Bore
  • Double Tap
  • Federal
  • Hornady
  • Remington
  • Sig Sauer
  • Underwood
  • Winchester

-Another downside to 10mm cartridge is the cost, it does cost more than the .45 ACPs.

Which Cartridge is Best for You?
So which one should you buy?
Just like with everything, it’s really a matter of what you intend to use your handgun for.
On the 10mm side of the fence they like to point out that it has more energy at 100 yards vs the .45 ACP does at the muzzle.
But, the .45 ACP counters that it is bigger at 100 yards than the 10mm at the muzzle.

The 10mm Auto devotees point out that the 10mm has more energy remaining at 100 yards than the .45 ACP does at the muzzle. Fans of the .45 ACP counter that the .45 is bigger at 100 yards than the 10mm is at the muzzle.

As you can see the table below, both of these statements are true.

However, those statements also points to the strengths, weaknesses and ideal uses of respective cartridge.

The .45 ACP when combined with high-quality ammor for short range is an awesome choice for self-defense.
The recoil is much easier to handle in compact and/or sub-compact handgun than 10mm.
For the concealed carrier its ideal because of the smaller frame.
Taking follow-up shots rapidly is way lots easier.
This cartridge won’t break the bank if you’re using it for plinking.

For the 10mm Auto folks that use this baby in their hunt, this is the way to go.
It shoots a lighter bullet at a much faster muzzle velocity than the .45. In physics this means it has more kinetic energy and the cartridge has a flatter trajectory than the .45 ACP. Which means reaching out and touching an animal from a distance is easy.
When the 10mm hit its target it hits it harder than the .45 and makes larger wound holes. That also translate to putting down your game than a .45 ACP.
Even if the .45 user was packing Buffalo Bore with P+, 10mm Hornady XTP loads is in a league of its own.

For these same reasons, it’s a better cartridge to use than the .45 ACP for personal defense against large four-legged predators.

That’s not to say that the 10mm won’t work against a human assailant, but just keep the costs of the cartridge in mind before you decide to use it in that role.

If you’re looking to use a 10mm in a smaller framed handguns for CCW. Its going to be harder to handle when shooting.
We may be beating this over a dead horse here but 10mm has more recoil than the .45.
Over-penetration is another concern with the 10mm.
These issues are less of a problem in a home-defense situation, though, particularly when using high-quality defense rounds for the .45s.

Parting Shots

Regardless of which cartridge you pick, test out a couple of different handguns and choose the one that fits your needs.
Use high-quality ammunition and spend plenty of time out at the range so that you get comfortable with the loads. As long as you practice neither the 10mm Auto nor the .45 ACP is likely to let you down.

Man Takes down a Buck with a Glock 40 10mm

When we talk about Glocks, most of us usually think these are used by law enforcement for service or for personal protection. Handgun hunting is really not at the top of the list, but there are the few minority that carry Glocks for hunting.
Most folks either love it or hate it.
So, according to Youtuber Braydon Price having a Glock 10mm was a good choice to have for his situation. He was able to take down a big whitetail buck with it. (See the video at 10:03)
For this situation, Braydon went with his Glock 40 since it was easier for him to pull it out from his chest holster with minimal noise.
Glock 40 in 10mm is probably one of the lesser-used calibers.
These are not popular amongst deer hunters when compared to the many other handgun hunting like a .357 Magnum.
Overall, it was a pretty good shot and the Glock 40 was very efficient in putting that big game down with a quick and clean kill.

10mm Handguns to Check Out

Love it or hate it, the vaunted 10mm has definitely been enjoying a resurgence of late, we also like to shoot and argue about guns.
Here are some of the top 10mm handguns out there capable of taming this underrated beast of a cartridge.

  • Colt Delta Elite

    Colt stepped up in 1987 after the original Bren Ten went out of production and introduced this 10mm pistol.
    The Colt Delta Elite was for the 1911 followers, re-designed to fire the 10mm cartridge.
    It was the best of both worlds: a gun worthy for personal-defense but powerful enough to take hunting.

    Why would you use it?
    The Delta Elite is simplistic and effective. It’s for the handgun folks that want performance and reliability but don’t about being flashy. Look at its basic design, doesn’t even come with a rail system like other pistols.

    This Delta Elite pistol is for the 1911 purists – the people who know and love the time-tested Colt 1911.
    But there’s more to it than old-school cool in 10mm.
    Their double-recoil spring system makes it so that it takes some of the kick away from shooting 10mms, as well as a comfortable beavertail grip safety that doesn’t dig into your hand like other handguns.
    Delta Elite has that timeless design that you can’t go wrong with.

  • Rock Island Armory Rock Ultra MS

    Do you know whats cool about the Rock Island Armory’s 1911s? They give you that pulp fiction 1911 look and feel, and even when they add a bit of a Hollywood twist and it still like a classic.
    This 10mm pistol performs with the best of them and might be better than your .45 ACP 1911 and then some.
    Why is this gun so good?
    The reloading is simple due to the slightly larger-than-usual opening which allows the magazine fit just right without jigging it.
    The fiber optic fight sight is nice on this bad boy.
    Makes for a quick target acquisition than iron sights.
  • Glock 20

    The Glock brand and quality is enough, most people will buy it whether its a 9mm or a 10mm without thinking.
    The G20 is based on the new larger frame meant to accommodate chunkier cartridges such as the .45 ACP, the full-sized Glock 20 boasts a 15-round capacity.
    Besides from the bulk, the Glock20 weight is 27.6 oz unloaded. If you want a slimmer model Glock does make the G20 in Short Frame.
    Reliability, the high magazine capacity 15+1 and the dual recoil spring makes the recoil less. Makes this gun a good choice.
  • Glock 40

    The G40 ($770) ain’t cheap, but it just might be the closest you’ll ever reach to 10mm perfection. In terms of how well the gun shoots, you can expect for the G40 to perform similarly to its smaller sibling, the G20.
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    Think of the G40 as Glock’s 10mm handgun on performance enhancers. It’s bigger and more accurate than the other 10mm models because of it extended barrel, which is just for 6” in length.

    While the G40 probably wouldn’t be my first choice for concealed carry, it’s barrel length does make it an exceptional handgun to hunt with. The odds of you hitting and dropping that whitetail or wild hog will be better with the G40 than with some of the other 10mm pistols out there. And since you get the same 15+1 capacity as the G20, you also won’t have any problem squeezing off any follow-up shots.
    The primary purpose of the G40 is to ensure long-range accuracy. For this reason, all models come equipped with the dual-recoil spring system to help absorb any unnecessary kickbacks that come from firing 10mm cartridges.

    And while optics are sold separately, the G40 comes with a pack of baseplates that makes your handgun ready for all of the popular red dot systems, including Trijicon and EOTech optics.

  • Smith & Wesson 610

    Since revolvers is what Smith & Wesson are into, they fitted the large stainless steel “N” frame to house six 10mm rounds. Since the 10mm is a rimless design, something needed to be done to allow extraction of the fired cases from the cylinder.
    Smith & Wesson looked at a simple solution for the .45 ACP-chambered model 1917 and 625 revolvers in the past, the use of “moon clips”.

    Having to fill and empty moon clips may seem like a chore, but charging the gun or emptying the cylinders can be achieved in a flash. This makes loading the weapon after storing gun and ammunition separately more convenient.
    The 610 wasn’t very popular at the beginning.
    However, 610s are popular in the competitive shooting arena which Smith & Wesson brought it back to limited production in 1998.
    Overall, Smith & Wesson 610 offers a great deal of versatility. From shot to shot it can be a popgun or cannon.
  • Sig Sauer P220 Hunter

    As the name implies the P220 Hunter is the 10mm Auto variant of Sig’s popular P220 line of handguns for hunters.
    While it’s one of the pricier 10mm pistols out there, buying a Sig Sauer means that you’re guaranteed to get reliability and pinpoint accuracy with every round fired – which is one of the reasons why Sig won the US Army MHS contract at the beginning of the year.

    Why is this gun awesome?
    The P220 Hunter is no slouch. It’s big, bulky, and with a weight of nearly 40oz, it’s not something you’ll holster and forget about.
    If you’re humping the woods all day, you’ll feel this thing.
    With that said, the Hunter is also a beautiful gun that perfectly combines the power of the 10mm cartridge with Sig’s superior engineering.

    The truth is that there’s very little not to love about the Hunter aside from its jaw-dropping sticker price. Just looking at the gun’s exquisite design and Kryptek camo finish is mesmerizing. And when you look at all the perks that come with owning this gun, you start to justify its price tag.
    Some cool features…
    Aggressive grip texture that lets you grip firmly on the gun without irritating your hands.
    Solid stainless steel slide and frame.
    Ambidextrous safety system that feels natural and easy to operate on the fly.
    Adjustable rear sight and tritium fiber optic front sight.
    Match-grade barrel (5”) for improved accuracy over longer range.
    Sportsmen have embraced the P220 10mm readily, prompting Sig Sauer to offer a camouflaged variant geared towards hunting.

Shooting the big 10mm
If you don’t shoot the 10mm, then you give it a try to see whether you like it or not.
Some people love the 10mm Auto, while others prefer their .45 ACP, 9mm.
But in the end, it’s about what you’re able to shoot comfortably and accurately.
There are mix feelings whether its too powerful that sacrifices accuracy and the shooters that don’t have a problem managing the kick.
So its pretty much up to you, please don’t say you want one for CCW, maybe you do.
What do you all think? Let us know below.

Sources: Sig Sauer, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Rock Island Armory, Glock

Gen3 Glock20SF Goes Wrong while Testing against Level IIIA Plate

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Jeremy S Youtuber was out testing his Gen3 Glock20SF 10mm using the Underwood Ammo Xtreme Penetrator round against a Level IIIA plate used in a bullet proof vest, to see if the round would go through. Here’s what happened:

After squeezing the trigger BLAM! The shot was loud and debris peppered his face. There was a stinging feeling in his shooting hand. Once it registered in his brain what had happened he looked at the pistol. Sees the right side of his Gen3 Glock20SF frame had blown out, mag release missing.

Obviously, there were some flowery words that followed after the shot. Jeremy wished that he wore gloves while shooting but good thing he did have eye protection on.

Excerpt from Youtube
After investigating it as thoroughly as possible, it does appear to have been ammo-caused.

Could have been an overcharged round, could have been a loose bullet that got shoved down into the case when chambered [EDIT: Underwood examined the ammo and this is exactly what happened!], etc., but it was almost certainly something that was “off” with the ammo.

That said, I still have great respect for *and* trust in Underwood Ammo. I’ve shot hundreds of their rounds, including through this very gun, and have had zero issues whatsoever. They have an extremely good reputation, and for good reason.

In fact, this may be the first ammo-caused problem I’ve heard of with somebody shooting Underwood. Not only that, but their customer service was *GREAT* and they stood behind this and are replacing everything that was damaged. They made the process very easy and were responsive, gracious, and apologetic.

Additionally, this sort of incident has happened with every major ammo manufacturer…Winchester, Federal, Remington, PMC, etc etc etc…if you make enough ammo a couple bum rounds are going to get out there.

It’s an inherent risk we all take as shooters. What with holding a little explosion in our hands and all. Mechanical devices fail. I will continue to shoot Underwood and feel confident in it.

Sources: JeremyS Youtube, Glock