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Full Metal Jacket vs. Hollow Point

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Hollow Point Ammunition Versus Full Metal Jacket - Which Is Better for Self-Defense?

by Christine

Carrying a weapon, whether concealed or in your vehicle, comes with a lot of responsibility.  You not only have to think of your safety but the safety of those around you.  When I say the safety of those around you, I mean in the case of having to use your gun for self-defense.

It is for this reason that the discussion often comes up if it is better to use hollow point ammunition (an expanding bullet that has a pit or hollowed out tip) or full metal jacket (FMJ - a bullet consisting of a soft core, usually lead, encased in a shell of harder metal).  Both types have their supporters and both really do have their pros and cons.

There are those people that firmly believe in hollow point ammunition because it will not "over-penetrate", or so it is said.  By over penetrate I am referring to entering one human and hitting another that is on the other side or in the bullets path.  Many people believe that many police officers use this type of ammunition because of that fact.  Others believe that the police use hollow points because it does more damage upon entry through expansion of the round.  Either way the non-criminal public should be safer right?  Not necessarily and for several reasons...

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