What does grain mean when you're talking about ammo? We could give you the quick, simple answer and tell you it refers to the weight of the ammunition, but this doesn’t really give you a good understanding of how the concept applies to your shooting. In order to learn the history of the term and its contemporary significance, continue reading.
No matter where you start with your shooting, you will at some point have to decide on a caliber. Which begs the question: What’s a caliber? The short answer is that it’s the measurement of the barrel of a gun, but when hunting down ammo, that answer proves pretty quickly to be insufficient. Learn more about what “caliber” can refer to and figure out which may be best for you.
Maybe you want to buy something a lot of other people want because it signifies it’s a good quality caliber; or maybe you want to buy something that's common in case of emergency. Whatever the reason, it can be helpful to know what types of ammo are most common. Interestingly, there’s more than one answer. Find out which types are most common by reading on.
Is it a bullet or a round? Which is correct? Is it both? With numerous ways to describe virtually every part of a gun as well as its ammunition, it’s not uncommon for misunderstandings to lead to things being inaccurately described or the correct term being used the incorrect way. Read on to learn more about the history of the “round” and to what the term refers.
If you’re a resident of California, you probably understand that your state is unique in its approach to all things firearms. As a result, buying ammunition in California is considerably different than purchasing ammunition in other states. It can be confusing to try and unravel the many laws and regulations California has passed regarding guns and ammunition. While this is certainly not a definitive guide to the tangled web of California gun legislation, you can read on to get a primer on what the situation tends to look like in the Golden State.
The names for certain types of ammunition are so common that they roll off our tongues without a second thought. We may think of 9mm or .223 instantly without even stopping to wonder how those names came to be. But on second look, it becomes clear that the many, many names we have for different types of ammo are all over the map. How did it get this way? What’s the standard? Learn more about the wonky history of ammo naming conventions by reading on.
Once you enter the world of firearms, you quickly start to understand that there are many variations on verbiage. Oftentimes, people are using different words to discuss the kinds of ammo that handguns, rifles or shotguns use — for example, saying that rifles and handguns shoot bullets. When talking about shotguns, people are more likely to use the term shells. But there are real differences between handgun or rifle cartridges and shotgun shells. Read on to learn more about what separates them.
New gun owners can be forgiven for thinking a 9mm is a 9mm, and that one box of ammo is as good as any other, but the ammunition you buy makes a real difference in the way your gun performs. Knowing your ammo is part of becoming a better shooter, and there are more than a few ways to get tripped up if you’re unfamiliar with the process. Here’s a guide on how to dodge those pitfalls and find the ammo you’re looking for.
Grain is a measure of weight referring specifically to the weight of the bullet itself, but that’s hardly the whole picture. While the basic difference between a 115-grain round and a 124-grain round is their respective weights, to say nothing else would exclude a whole lot of vital distinctions. A heavier round will, for example, alter cycling, impact on the target, and recoil. Read on to learn the ins and outs of how bullet grain can change your shooting experience.
Subsonic ammunition is ammunition specifically manufactured so the round doesn't break the sound barrier, and, despite existing as long as firearms have, it’s currently experiencing a bit of a renaissance. But why the sudden resurgence? Should you need or want it? While it isn't an overly complicated subject, there is plenty to discuss regarding subsonic ammo. Let’s take the time to delve into its specs and its uses.