The Legendary .357 Magnum

In 1934, the team of Philip B. Sharpe, Elmer Keith, and D. B. Wesson of Smith & Wesson developed .357 Magnum ammo to compete with Colt’s .38 Super Automatic. The round was based on S&W’s .38 Special. At the time, the .38 Super Automatic was the only cartridge on the American market touting a muzzle velocity above 1,000 […]

How to Buy a 9mm Pistol

In 1902, Austrian weapons designer Georg Luger changed the world of munitions when he introduced the Pistole Parabellum (AKA the Luger) and the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. The 9x19mm Parabellum, commonly referred to as 9mm, was designed as a service round. The weapon was revolutionary due to its compact size, accuracy, and its ability to hold […]

What is a Militarized Police Force?

The militarization of police relates to the use of military equipment and tactics by law enforcement officers. The equipment may include assault rifles, armored vehicles, submachine guns, flashbang grenades, sniper rifles, tear gas, and items from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) weapons list. Police militarization uses information gathering techniques used by intelligence agencies. Law […]

The Rise and Fall of the 10mm Cartridge

In 1983, 10mm ammo was introduced by Lieutenant Colonel John Dean “Jeff” Cooper. Cooper is a firearms experts that has worked with high-level organizations including the FBI, Norma, and Smith & Wesson. His intention was to replace the .45 ACP with a more powerful round. Cooper joined Whit Collins, John Adams, and Irving Stone, cut […]

.40 S&W Ammunition

The .40 S&W is one of gauges most acclaimed by the marksmen of the 21st century. Its ballistic properties, half-way between that of the 9mm Parabellum and .45 ACP, make it a very interesting option. History of .40 S&W Ammunition The 1990 American Shot Show, a popular handgun fair, served as a backdrop for the […]