About 9mm Ammo
The 9mm ammo is the single most popular handgun cartridge in the world. For a workhorse caliber that fits any budget or taste — it's literally the caliber for anyone.
Created in 1901 by George Luger and introduced to the public in 1902, 9mm ammunition grew in popularity based on its performance. Contributions of the caliber's success are greatly attributed to its increased capacity in magazines, low-cost, and university functionality.
As time passed, new calibers have come along and offered continued competition - some with more success than others. Still, thanks to the growing popularity of models like the Glock 19, 9mm bullets continues to reign supreme.
From first-time shooters to U.S. military special operations or soccer moms who conceal carry, 9mm ammunition is as useful and practical of a round as anyone could possibly need.
Common Names / Types of 9mm Ammo
|• 9mm Ammo||• Luger 9mm||• 9mm Bullets|
|• 9mm NATO||• 9mm Parabellum||• 9mm Caliber|
9mm Ammo Benefits
Being the most popular handgun caliber in the world has its advantages, particularly when it comes to price. In most cases, the price per round for 9mm bullets is either comparable to or cheaper than competing rounds, especially when you buy in bulk.
9mm bullets are amoung the easiest to find (panic-buying and other kinds of uncontrollable events notwithstanding).
At gun stores, gun shows and online, the 9mm ammunition is likely to be the first item you see where ammo is for sale.
Even on our website, it's the first caliber offered when you search for bulk ammo and regular pistol ammo.
When it comes to hitting the target, 9mm ammunition has proven to be extremely consistent.
9mm has a flat trajectory, which helps it stay on target better, and while it's rated to 50 yards, anecdotal evidence demonstrates that you can hit targets considerably farther out (some targets located at 100 yards or more away.
While you might never have the need to attempt such a feat, knowing that the round can travel that distance and hit what you were aiming at is a huge mark in the plus column.
This also makes it easier to increase your own performance in target shooting at close ranges and makes for better efficiency in a self-defense situation.
9mm ammunition is one of the most user-friendly cartridges on the market. We've discussed how that’s true with respect to the round’s accuracy, but it also has low recoil, which makes it easy to control when shooting.
Additionally, 9mm ammo also supports the lowest recoil out of the standard self-defense calibers, which are 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
If you want it for self-defense or target shooting, it's usually considered the easiest round to use while you get used to firing.
This is usually the feature that tips the scales in favor of 9mm bullets for the average person. If you're looking to purchase a gun, you want to be able to fit as many bullets in it as possible.
Why? Because reloading sucks. You didn't buy a gun to reload it; you bought it to shoot it. And that’s not to mention the self-defense aspect: If you bought the gun to defend yourself, you want to give yourself as much chance of survival as humanly possible.
If you find yourself in a particularly dire situation, there’s a great likelihood that you won’t be given the chance to reload.
Plus, nervousness brought on by a stressful situation or a lack of practice can lead to missed shots, at which point the extra capacity may be an actual lifesaver.
While this works in tandem with capacity, concealability is still a factor unto itself. The thing about 9mm guns is that, even when they're small and concealable, they can still hold a lot of rounds.
The Sig Sauer P365, for example, is considered a micro-compact pistol.
As that name implies, it's an extremely small handgun — one of the smallest on the market, actually.
It's small enough to fit inside your pocket without being obvious. Despite its small stature, that firearm still holds 10 rounds, and that’s without any sort of grip extension.
While that speaks to Sig Sauer engineering, it also is simply not possible in a caliber other than 9mm ammo.
What Guns Shoot 9mm Ammo?
Smith & Wesson
Heckler & Koch
M&P 9 2.0
M&P 9 Shield EZ
|Glock 48||Sig P226|
9mm Ammo FAQ
What is the difference between 9mm Ammo and 9mm Luger Ammo?
9mm and 9mm Luger both represent the same type of ammunition and is classified by the Sporting Arms and Ammunitions Manufacturers' Institute (SAMMI) as the 9mm Luger.
The 9mm refers to the bullet's diameter, and Luger comes from the Luger semi-automatic pistol. Additionally, 9mm ammo can also be referred to as 9mm Parabellum.
What is the difference between 9mm 115-grain and 9mm 124-grain?
The difference between the two is the weight of the projectile measured in grains. One grain is equal to 1/7000th of a pound.
The 9mm 115 projectile weighs 115 grains and the 9mm 124 projectile weighs 124 grains. Different grain weights will have different muzzle velocities, energy, and terminal ballistics.
Which 9mm Ammo is best for self-defense?
Hollowpoint 9mm ammo is the best choice for self-defense with a 9mm firearm.
Hollow points expand on impact creating a larger wound path and expending maximum energy in their target. They are also less likely to over-penetrate causing you to strike an unintended target.
For more information check out our article Why Hollow Points Are the Best Choice for Self Defense.
Can 9mm Bullets go bad?
There is no real expiration date for 9mm ammunition. If you keep it stored in the correct conditions (cool and dry) it can last over a lifetime!
For more information check out our article How to Store Ammo.
Is 9mm Ammo subsonic?
Subsonic ammo is ammo that travels slower than the speed of sound. The speed of sound is roughly 1,100 feet per second. This number could vary based on barometric pressure, temperature, and humidity.
Most 9mm ammo travels faster than the speed of sound but there are some options that travel slow enough to be subsonic.
This ammo usually has a heavier projectile around 147 grains or more. The desire for subsonic ammo is that it does not create the sonic boom that an object traveling faster than the speed of sound will.
Most often subsonic ammo is used in conjunction with a suppressor (AKA silencer).
Which 9mm Ammo has the least recoil?
9mm ammo with low recoil will be advertised that way. Look for 9mm ammo that says low recoil or lite on the box.
For example: Federal Hydra-Shok 9mm 135 Grain Low Recoil JHP or Hornady Critical Defense Lite 9mm Luger 100 Grain FTX.
Low recoil ammo will generally be easier to shoot and allow for quicker target reacquisition for follow-up shots.
Why Choose Ammunition Depot for 9mm Ammo?
If you’re looking to buy the best ammo online, you’ve come to the right place. Ammunition Depot provides its customers with a vast selection of 9mm ammo.
We have the best selection of 9mm ammo for sale including Luger 9mm from all the brands you know and trust.
Whatever you and your firearm needs, including target practice and home defense, you'll find it at Ammuniton Depot. Shop our inventory and find the right 9mm ammo for you today!
Can I return 9mm Ammo?
Ammunition Depot is one of the only places that will take returns on 9mm ammo purchased from us. Check out our return policy at Shipping / Returns.