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Best 9mm Ammo in 2024

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The reign of 9mm ammo seems to be never-ending, but I won’t be the one to complain. The round has been crowned for a good reason – it’s hard to find ammo more versatile than this one. There is a widest choice of both firearms and ammunition bearing these three symbols in their titles, and that only adds to the appeal. But too many often become too confusing, and, at this point, the market is replete with goods. Today, I will cover the best 9mm ammo option for you to use in a variety of scenarios.

Just as a note, I’ve tested all the ammo covered with different pistols to get more reliable results in compatibility. The models included Glock 17, Sig Sauer P365, and the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0. All are great guns technically, some I like more than the rest, but three should be quite enough to judge the rounds objectively. There will be some theory in each section to explain the peculiarities of rounds and my reasoning for choosing ammo with specific characteristics.

Table of Contents

Best Training Ammo
     Federal American Eagle 147 Grain 

     Winchester USA 147 Grain
     Sellier & Bellot 124 Grain 
Best Ammo for Self-Defense
     Federal Premium Personal Defense 147Gr 
     Remington High Terminal Performance 147Gr 
     Sellier & Bellot 115Gr
     Hornady Critical Duty +P 135Gr FlexLock

Best Ammo for Target/ Competition Shooting
     Magtech 9mm 115Gr  
     CCI Blazer Brass 115Gr 

Top Subsonic Ammo
     Hornady 147Gr XTP Subsonic

FAQs

Best Training Ammo

Training is the most popular pastime for shooters. Compared to all other scenarios that involve shooting, training is what we will do in 95-99% of the cases. Honestly, anything but instances of self-defense and competitions fall into this category, but I’m starting to digress. What’s more important than semantics is the essence. And the essence is the ammo choice for your training sessions depends significantly on the purpose of your training.

You might ask: why do you need special ammo for training if you can take the one you will really use instead? The answer is simple: money. Whereas using the same ammo you’d take for target shooting is a common case, personal defense is a different story. That ammunition is expensive, and considering how many rounds you need to put through your gun before you’ll master it, the costs will add up pretty quickly. That’s why it’s better to use ammo that has similar qualities but is not as expensive as the one for self-defense.

Still, there is one thing that will unite the training ammunition I’ll cover today: it’s all Full Metal Jacket. That is the most common type of ammo with a hardened exterior jacket, highly resistant to deforming. Great for target and competition shooting, as well as all sorts of training.

9mm ammo box

Self-Defense Training

As I’ve already mentioned, things are a bit complex with self-defense training ammo choice. In this scenario, you want something that mirrors the performance of self-defense rounds but doesn’t break the bank. So, the first thing you might want to do is dump JHP for FMJ. The latter is much more affordable. 

Of course, just any FMJ won’t do. Look for a cartridge with a bullet weight of around 147gr and similar velocities to self-defense rounds. FMJ ammunition with these properties offers a realistic feel of what you might experience with actual self-defense ammo, most importantly, the recoil. You’ll get used to dealing with the kickback and won’t be taken aback when switching to real self-defense rounds.

So, which rounds to choose for personal defense training? I’d recommend three candidates: Federal American Eagle and Winchester USA, both in 147 Grain FMJ and Sellier & Bellot 124 Grain FMJ. Here’s a take on each of them:

Federal American Eagle 9mm 147 Grain FMJ


– Bullet Type: Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) 

– Bullet Weight: 147 Grain 

– Muzzle Velocity: 1000 fps 

– Casing Type: Brass

The Federal American Eagle 9mm 147 Grain FMJ Ammo is indeed a superior round. Many guys on the range who shoot 9mm love it and I have no reason to stand against the crowd. The round performs excellently.

Having tested two boxes of the Federal American Eagle, I found the cycling to be flawless. It’s a case with all of their ammo, regardless of the caliber or load, so I wouldn’t say it’s anything surprising. In terms of sensations, it came pretty close to real self-defense rounds thanks to the relatively high recoil. And even though you can find rounds with muzzle velocity higher than that, the price makes this offer too good to pass. It also performed well enough to be used as a regular training round, and more versatility is always a good thing.

Winchester USA 9mm 147 Grain FMJ


– Bullet Type: Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)

– Bullet Weight: 147 Grain

– Muzzle Velocity: 990 fps

– Casing Type: Brass

I’ve tested a hundred rounds of the Winchester USA 9mm Luger 147 Grain FMJ and found nothing to complain about. The rounds cycled reliably, both feeding and ejection went smoothly, and that’s the way I want my ammo to act.

The round performed consistently well across all three platforms I tested it on. The bullet weight is on par with that of the majority of recommended self-defense rounds. Some might see the muzzle velocity being a bit lower than the median for personal protection rounds, but I’ll later cover one JHP cartridge with the same values. Overall, I’ve found the Winchester USA 9mm Luger to be dependable, high-quality ammunition that offers great value for the price.

Sellier & Bellot 9mm 124 Grain FMJ


– Bullet Type: Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)

– Bullet Weight: 124 Grain

– Muzzle Velocity: 1181 fps

– Casing Type: Brass

Now, this particular article of Sellier & Bellot ammo doesn’t quite reach the self-defense benchmark of 147-grain bullets, but it compensates for it with higher velocities. I’ve put these rounds through their paces and got to say, they didn’t disappoint.

Once again, all 100 rounds cycled pretty smoothly. But there was also another pleasant surprise. The rounds I had shot before that weren’t particularly fouling, but just to keep things fair, I cleaned pistols after every try (not too thoroughly, but still). Once I finished shooting Sellier & Bellot, the barrel was almost spotless. Which makes me believe it’s the least fouling of the three.

In short, the performance was well across the board. The recoil was less tangible, but that’s not necessarily good for self-defense training ammo. But again, not all personal protection ammo features 147-grain bullets, so it’s still pretty viable.

9mm range ammo

Best Ammo for Self-Defense

We write and read guides like this one as a way to improve or optimize our performance. And with ammo, it’s usually pretty harmless, however counterintuitive it might sound. We look for ammo that will help us shoot tighter groups or that will have a flatter trajectory and a dozen other things. But when it comes to self-defense, it’s no longer about “giving you better results”. It’s about preserving your life and the lives of those you hold dear. And maybe causing as little collateral damage as possible, but that would be a nice addition, not a requirement.

Unlike range or hunting ammo, self-defense rounds are engineered to inflict maximum damage upon impact. They are designed to stop an aggressor in their tracks, minimizing the chance of over-penetration that could potentially harm innocent bystanders. “A devastating impact that doesn’t spread” would be the best way to describe the function of self-defense rounds. But which ammunition is capable of such deeds?

Jacketed Hollow Points are the best candidates for the job. These rounds have a lead core wrapped in a copper jacket with a hollowed-out nose. This design allows the bullet to expand or “mushroom” on impact, providing a wider wound channel which means more damage and pain – whatever it is that can persuade the attacker out of harming you. Secondly, the expansion also ensures the bullet transfers all its energy within the target, reducing the risk of over-penetration.

best ammo for self defense

There is more variation with other aspects of the round, though. Naturally, the heavier the bullet, the more energy it can retain and transmit, so you’d want to opt for ammo with weightier bullets. But other than that, there are no more recommendations. 

Now, I haven’t tested as many rounds of self-defense ammo because it’s, well, quite expensive to shoot in large quantities. I was given a single box of each and honestly, it’s pretty enough. You only need to reload your self-defense gun after either you’ve shot it or the ammo has been sitting there for too long, which are both pretty rare occasions.

So, here’s my pick of the best self-defense ammo: Federal Premium Personal Defense 147Gr, Remington High Terminal Performance 147Gr, Sellier & Bellot 115 Grain and Hornady Critical Duty +P 135Gr.

Federal Premium Personal Defense 9mm 147Gr JHP


– Bullet Type: Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) 

– Bullet Weight: 147 Grain 

– Muzzle Velocity: 1000 fps 

– Casing Type: Nickel-plated brass

I’ve already covered Federal rounds in this review, but they are too good to mention them only once. The Premium Personal Defense line includes ammo designed for, unsurprisingly, personal defense. The same old 147-grain bullets, muzzle velocity comparable or even equal to that of training rounds of the same maker – and here’s your perfect self-defense round.

In case you are interested, the brass casings are nickel-plated, which aids in reliable feeding and ejection and also resists corrosion. In short, the Federal Premium Personal Defense 147Gr is what I’ve put in the pistol I keep at home. And I feel pretty confident knowing this will be the round that stops the intruder.

Remington High Terminal Performance 9mm 147Gr 9mm Ammo


– Bullet Type: Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) 

– Bullet Weight: 147 Grain 

– Muzzle Velocity: 990 fps 

– Casing Type: Brass

Remington High Terminal Performance lives up to its name and can indeed boast high performance. Remington is generally known for producing high-quality, dependable and consistent ammo, so that came as no surprise. No issues with all three pistols I’ve tried it with, so from my experience, it is quite trustworthy. The brass casing is a nice touch too, aiding in reliable feeding and ejection while also resisting corrosion.

This is the very round I’ve been talking about when I covered Winchester USA 147 Grain FMJ. Its bullet weight at 147 grain and its muzzle velocity at 990, this round shares its specifications with the training round you’ve read about, save for the impact. They’ll make for a perfect duo of training/ self-defense rounds.

Sellier & Bellot 9mm 115 Grain Ammo


– Bullet Type: Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP)

– Bullet Weight: 115 Grains

– Muzzle Velocity: 1280 fps

– Casing Type: Brass

Sellier & Bellot 115 Grain JHP Ammo sheds light on another dimension of self-defense rounds. It sacrifices the greater bullet weight for greater velocity. Since it is a Jacketed Hollow Point, the risk of over-penetration remains negligible, so things stay balanced.

Now, there is one thing that I need to mention, it goes for 9mm 124 Grain FMJ. The primer on Sellier & Bellot 9mm rounds tends to be harder than usual. That’s because they are produced in the Czech Republic and they have different standards. That might cause failure to feed. I say might because I haven’t experienced it first-handedly, but people on the web say they have. With that being said, no ammo is immune to occasional failures – you can’t prevent them all. The best you can do is opt for ammo that has the lowest chance of malfunctioning.

Hornady Critical Duty 9mm +P 135Gr FlexLock


– Bullet Type: FlexLock

– Bullet Weight: 135 Grains

– Muzzle Velocity: 1110 fps

– Casing Type: Nickel-plated brass

I felt like the list could use a bit of diversification, so here’s the round that’s not exclusively JHP. Instead, Hornady Critical Duty +P utilizes the FlexLock bullet, which features a patented Flex Tip design that eliminates clogging and aids with bullet expansion. The round showed excellent results in FBI’s ballistic gel tests, showing great penetration results – sufficient but not excessive. It is used by numerous state law enforcement agencies and such a level of recognition is hard to beat.

Importantly, this is +P ammo, meaning it’s loaded to a higher internal pressure than standard ammo. Therefore, it should only be used in firearms that are rated and designed for +P ammunition use. 

9mm bullets

Best Ammo for Target/ Competition Shooting

When we’re talking target shooting, we’re looking for lightweight and lightly recoiling bullets, as simple as that. Why, you ask? You’ll want as much control as possible, and things like recoil stand in the way of it. 

What’s the benchmark round configuration? Since you need your target not destroyed but precisely pierced, opt for the rounds with a familiar Full Metal Jacket bullet. The bullet weight of around 115 is the golden mean since energy transfer is not a big priority. If you’re interested in nothing more than plinking, low-velocity rounds will do. If you want to bring down steel plates, you will need higher-velocity ammunition.

Brass remains the king of the casing options, but especially in this type of ammo. Brass cases are reloadable if you are into that kind of thing. If not, it’s still worth collecting those cases – you can sell them to people who are into reloading.

Magtech 9mm 115 Grain 9mm FMJ Ammo


– Bullet Type: Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)

– Bullet Weight: 115 Grains

– Muzzle Velocity: 1135 fps

– Casing Type: Brass

Magtech is a go-to brand when you need affordable, quality ammo in large quantities. The brass casings, a favorite among shooters, this brand offers at a price of steel ones. Combined with the fact that its performance can match that of some premium-level ammo, еру Magtech 9mm 115 Grain FMJ is a very solid choice. It’s reliable, consistent and affordable – what more could one ask for?

CCI Blazer Brass 9mm 115 Grain FMJ Ammo


– Bullet Type: Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)

– Bullet Weight: 115 Grains

– Muzzle Velocity: 1145 fps

– Casing Type: Brass

At this point, it’s hard to describe a round in a way that would not repeat what has just been said. Under normal circumstances, CCI Blazer Brass would earn the title of the most affordable ammo. But some ammo articles are now on sale so, I’ll water down the title to the “One of the Most Affordable Rounds”. It’s high-velocity, it’s 115 grains, it’s FMJ, and that’s pretty much everything you need for target shooting.

9mm subsonic

Best Subsonic Ammo

The risk of hearing damage is something that shooters have to deal with regularly. Suppressed shooting is one of the ways to address this issue while also decreasing the potential discomfort for people around. The suppressors, a.k.a. silencers, do an amazing job at reducing the noise and muzzle flash when you fire a gun. They bring the noise levels down regardless of which type of ammo you choose. However, if you want to make the noise even quieter, they need a special kind of ammo, known as subsonic ammo. 

Subsonic ammo is designed specifically to maximize the efficiency of suppressed firearms. T typically uses heavy, slow-moving bullets that travel at a lower velocity. Since the bullet’s velocity remains below the speed of sound, breaking of the sound barrier doesn’t happen, nor does a distinctive sonic boom. This results in a much quieter shot compared to what shooters usually experience.

But the benefits don’t stop there. The slower velocity of these bullets also helps reduce recoil. This means you get better control over your firearm and can reach better accuracy.

It wasn’t until I began writing this article that I remembered about subsonic ammo, so I didn’t personally test the rounds I’ll write about. I bet not too many people will consider buying it anyway, since it’s usually more expensive and not that popular honestly. But this ammo comes from none other than Hornday themselves and I have no reasons to doubt their expertise so yeah, here’s the round you might want to look at for the quietest shooting possible. 

Hornady 9mm Luger 147 Gr XTP Subsonic


– Bullet Type: XTP (eXtreme Terminal Performance)

– Bullet Weight: 147 Grains

– Muzzle Velocity: 975 fps

– Casing Type: Brass

The Hornady 9mm Luger 147 Gr XTP Subsonic is a performance-oriented round designed specifically for subsonic velocities. The bullet type here, XTP or eXtreme Terminal Performance, is known for its reliable controlled expansion at subsonic velocities, providing impressive stopping power. If you want to see your target destroyed without making a big bang in the process, this is a round for you.

Conclusion

So, that’s it. Boy, are there many 9mm rounds, but that only makes it more interesting to dive into this pile to find something worthy. It’s not common for a brand to only be good at producing some specific type of ammunition and having the rest of its lineup perform poorly. You can trust brands like Federal, Winchester, Remington and Hornady to deliver good quality ammo regardless of the caliber. Anyway, that’s what I had to share with you for today. See you in the next review, which will be pretty soon.

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FAQs

What is the most popular type of 9mm ammo for training?

Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) ammunition is the most popular type of ammo for training. It is commonly used for target shooting, competition shooting, and various training scenarios.

What is the difference between FMJ and JHP ammo?

FMJ (Full Metal Jacket) ammo has a hardened exterior jacket and is highly resistant to deforming. It is commonly used for target shooting, competition shooting, and training. JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) ammo has a lead core wrapped in a copper jacket with a hollowed-out nose. It is designed for self-defense and provides controlled expansion upon impact, minimizing the risk of over-penetration.

Which brands produce good quality 9mm ammo?

Brands such as Federal, Winchester, Remington, and Hornady have a reputation for producing good quality 9mm ammo.

What is the best 9mm ammo for self-defense training?

For self-defense training, it is suggested to use FMJ ammunition with a bullet weight of around 147gr. Federal American Eagle 9mm 147 Grain FMJ, Winchester USA 9mm 147 Grain FMJ, and Sellier & Bellot 9mm 124 Grain FMJ are good options.

What is the best 9mm ammo for self-defense?

The best 9mm ammo for self-defense is Jacketed Hollow Points (JHP) ammunition. Examples include Federal Premium Personal Defense 9mm 147Gr JHP, Remington High Terminal Performance 9mm 147Gr, Sellier & Bellot 9mm 115 Grain JHP, and Hornady Critical Duty +P 9mm 135Gr FlexLock.

What is the best 9mm ammo for target shooting?

The best 9mm ammo for target shooting is Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) ammunition with a bullet weight of around 115 grains. Magtech 9mm 115 Grain FMJ and CCI Blazer Brass 9mm 115 Grain FMJ are recommended.

What is subsonic ammo?

Subsonic ammo is designed specifically for suppressed firearms. It features heavy, slow-moving bullets that travel at a lower velocity, remaining below the speed of sound, which results in a quieter shot and reduced recoil.

What are the benefits of subsonic ammo?

Subsonic ammo provides a quieter shot than regular ammunition, making it ideal for suppressed firearms. The slower velocity of the bullets also helps reduce recoil, allowing for better control and accuracy.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/best-9mm-ammo-in-2024/ by Timothy Chandler at blog.gritrsports.com

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The Evolution of the Beretta 9mm Pistols: 92, APX, PX4

Modern Variants of the 92FS and M9

Since the 92FS was introduced, Beretta has rolled out tons of different models. Some were specifically made for law enforcement, like the 92G for the French police, which skips the manual safety and uses a decocker lever instead. Even though the original 92G was discontinued, its slide design lives on in models like the M9A4.

Then there’s the 92D, a model that gets rid of both the safety and decocker lever, relying solely on a double-action trigger. In the ’90s, Beretta also introduced the 96 series chambered in .40 S&W to keep up with law enforcement trends.

Brigadier slide

In 1993, the Brigadier-style slide came out with reinforced locking lugs for added durability and a unique “hump” in the slide’s contour. Although the extended lifespan due to this design is up for debate, many users have noted it reduces recoil and muzzle rise. Because of this, the Brigadier slide is popular in 92 variants used in action pistol competitions.

Come early 2000s, Beretta introduced the 92 Vertec. This model was designed for law enforcement and shooters with smaller hands, featuring a slim backstrap and a shorter reach trigger. It also had an accessory rail, beveled magazine well, and interchangeable front sights. Plus, it ditched the traditional barrel protrusion by shortening the barrel to 4.7 inches but kept the slide the same length.

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Beretta 92 Vertec

Many modern 92 series variants blend features from both the Brigadier and Vertec models. Examples include the 92FS Brigadier, 92X, M9A3, and M9A4.

The Beretta 92X, introduced in 2019, standardizes the Vertec platform and adds the “Xtreme-S” trigger system, which cuts trigger reset by 40% and offers adjustability for pre-travel (in SAO models) and overtravel. Other highlights include a 3-slot Picatinny rail, a slimmer vertical grip, removable wrap-around grips to switch between Vertec-style and the classic M9 feel, fully removable high-visibility sights, and a universal slide allowing conversion from decocker-safety to decocker-only mode.

The series also includes the 92X Centurion (18 rd), 92X RDO Compact (15 rd) pistols, 92X Performance Carry Optic featuring an optic cut for USPSA competitors, and the lightweight 92X Performance Defensive for IDPA competitions.

New additions to the 92 family are the 92XI and 92GTS pistols. The 92XI is an SAO pistol with a 1911-style frame-mounted safety and comes in a base model, a Tactical model with a threaded barrel and DLC-coated trigger components, and a flashy Squalo edition. Meanwhile, the 92GTS is DA/SA with a twin sear and a decocker-only configuration.

Now, let’s get back to the M9. Around the mid-2000s, the US military requested some tweaks to the original design. Beretta responded with the M9A1, which borrowed features from the 92G-SD like a railed frame, standard 92 grip contour, beveled mag well, and textured grip while keeping the original M9 slide mostly the same.

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Almost a decade later, Beretta rolled out the M9A3, featuring a replaceable front sight, a railed frame, and a Vertec-style backstrap with an aggressive grip texture. It also includes a wraparound rubber grip to replicate the feel of the standard M9A1 backstrap. The standout feature of the M9A3 is a redesigned slide that allows the gun to switch between FS and G configurations using a conversion kit, something that previously required an expensive and permanent modification by a gunsmith.

The latest iteration, the Beretta M9A4, boasts a red-dot optic compatible slide, dovetailed tritium night sights, an enhanced short-reset Xtreme Trigger System, 18-round sand-resistant magazines, and textured Vertec-style thin grips.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/beretta-9mm-pistols-92-apx-px4/ by Gritr Sports at blog.gritrsports.com

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Our Top Picks for Home Defense

Buckshot, particularly 00 buck, is widely recommended for its effectiveness in stopping a threat. However, the choice of ammunition can also depend on your living situation. For instance, individuals in apartment buildings or homes with thin walls might consider lighter loads or specific defense rounds designed to reduce the risk of over-penetration.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/best-home-defense-shotguns/ by Gritr Sports at blog.gritrsports.com

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Beginner’s Arsenal: Best Guns for Novice Shooters

Stepping into the world of firearms is no small decision. You’re not just picking out a tool; you’re selecting a companion for your safety, your sport, and in some cases, your survival. We’re here to break down for you what makes a solid beginner gun as well as recommend the best starter models.Here’s a quick summary:
  • 9mm pistols are the best for EDC, vehicle security, and home protection. The best starter pistols are Glock 17 or Sig P320.
  • An AR-15 rifle chambered for 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem cartridge, like the S&W M&P15 Sport III, is a great option for home protection and target shooting. Rifles are generally easier to shoot accurately and generate less felt recoil.
  • Ruger 10/22 chambered for the .22LR low-power rimfire cartridge is a great way to start your shooting journey if you want a rifle that is soft-kicking and quiet and has more classic ergonomics.
  • Shotguns in the Mossberg 500 or 590 series are great for beginner shotgun hunters or those looking for a home defense gun that doesn’t require good marksmanship.

Ideal Beginner Gun – What Should It Be?

Pistols: If you’ve found yourself here, chances are you’re on the fence about which type of firearm fits your future needs best. Handguns, especially semi-auto pistols, are prime picks for everyday carry and situations requiring agility, like home defense, vehicle defense, and close-quarter battle (CQB). That said, handguns do have their limitations. Their shorter barrels limit the effective range and make accurate aiming a tad more challenging due to the short sight radius. Additionally, handguns designed for more powerful rounds like .45 ACP, .357 Mag, and 10mm can be challenging to manage because of their recoil.

Rifles: Rifles offer a significant step up in power and accuracy, with effective ranges extending to 300-600 yards and beyond, thanks to longer barrels that help with bullet stabilization and building up pressure. They’re generally easier to shoot accurately and manageably. For home defense, rifles with barrels around 16-18 inches are spot on. And if you’re thinking about hunting or precision shooting, you need to go longer.

AR-pistols and short-barreled rifles (SBR) offer a middle ground, mixing the maneuverability of handguns with the power of rifles, though legal hurdles can complicate ownership.

Shotguns: They are kings of versatility, useful in a range of activities from home defense to hunting various types of game. Planning on hunting? Make sure you’ve got your shot pattern right, so you don’t ruin your game. As for home protection and target shooting, accuracy isn’t as critical with shotguns, making them a solid choice for beginners.

Best Guns for Beginner Gun Owners

At this point, you might now have a better grasp of what suits your needs best. Next up, we’re going to provide recommendations for the best starter guns ideal for beginner shooters.

Best Beginner Pistols: Glock 17 or Sig P320

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There’s always a heated debate between two camps over which brand is truly the best. However, it’s clear that both Glock and Sig Sauer produce pistols that are reliable, durable, and highly customizable.

The Glock 17 (or G17) and the Sig Sauer P320 are full-size pistols, each offering significant advantages for beginners. Full-size pistols are easier to control because the mass of the pistol absorbs a good bit of the recoil. They are easier to be accurate with thanks to longer slides, not to mention both models offer 17 rounds of capacity with a standard magazine. A longer barrel means more power and better accuracy over greater distances. Plus, both the G17 and the SIG P320 are chambered in 9mm Luger – the most balanced and versatile cartridge out there.

Curious about choosing the right beginner handgun? Check out our guide on Choosing the Best Defense Handgun for a Beginner. It dives deeper into pistol frame sizes and other essential factors.

Now, comparing the G17 to the P320, you’ll find each has unique advantages and trade-offs. Glocks are the workhorses of the pistol world – rugged, reliable, and with rather simplistic aesthetics, all at an affordable price range. They’re known to handle thousands of rounds without a hiccup and can take a good amount of abuse. Another advantage is the vast aftermarket for parts, upgrades, and customizations. Here’s an example. Glocks are known for their mediocre trigger feel out of the box. So when you get the basics down and figure out what you’d like to improve, there are plenty of aftermarket options available to you.

If the Glock’s aesthetic and ergonomics don’t appeal to you, the Sig P320 might be more to your liking. Right out of the box, it’s a solid full-size pistol with an appealing design and reliable performance. Like the Glock, the P320 boasts strong aftermarket support. Plus, it offers a modular design that lets you easily switch frame sizes to suit your preference.

Both the G17 and P320 are DAO (Double Action Only) pistols, meaning they have internal safeties and no external safeties to fuss with. This design choice means there’s nothing to forget to disengage in a tense moment or slow you down. Still, if you’re set on having a manual safety, Sig Sauer also provides the M17, a military version of the P320 with that feature.

Why We Love the Glock 17:

  • Reliability and Durability: Known for being able to handle thousands of rounds without any issues, making it a reliable choice for both beginners and seasoned shooters.
  • Simplicity and Affordability: With its no-frills design and affordable price range, it’s an accessible firearm for those new to shooting.
  • Customization Options: A vast aftermarket allows for numerous upgrades and customizations, catering to the user’s preferences over time.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Why We Love the Sig Sauer P320:

  • Modular Design: Allows for easy transition between frame sizes, making it versatile for different hand sizes and shooting preferences.
  • Out-of-the-Box Performance: Delivers reliable performance and an appealing design, providing a solid starting point for any beginner.
  • Aftermarket Support: Like the Glock, enjoys strong aftermarket support for parts and customizations, enhancing its longevity and adaptability.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Other Options:

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SIG P320 Starter Pack

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SIG SAUER P320

Specifications:

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P320 OWB Holster

Holosun 507K

9mm Cleaning Kit

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Best Beginner AR-15: Smith & Wesson M&P Sport III

When you’re starting out in the gun world, you’re probably looking for something that won’t break the bank but still has all the right stuff to get you going. That’s where the third-gen M&P15 Sport from Smith & Wesson shines. Priced comfortably under $1,000 — actually, you can grab one for around $650 to $700 — it’s a solid pick without feeling like you’re cutting corners.

Sure, there are other rifles like the PSA M4 Carbine from Palmetto State Armory that come in even cheaper, under $500. But the M&P15 Sport III has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. For starters, it’s got a mid-length gas system. This is key for a 16-inch barrel since it not only makes the rifle last longer but also gives you a smoother shooting experience. Plus, the 1:8 twist rate is versatile enough to handle loads as light as 55gr M193 bullets and as heavy as 90gr, making it great for experimenting with different types of ammo.

This AR-15 rifle also boasts a 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, which means you can attach all sorts of accessories. Plus, it’s got a full-length pic rail on top for when you want to add optics — especially handy since it doesn’t come with iron sights. And with a 6-position collapsible stock, you can adjust it to just the right fit. Sure, you might find cheaper models out there, but the M&P15 Sport III’s blend of softer recoil, versatility, and must-have features like the M-LOK handguard and adjustable stock makes it an awesome choice for anyone just getting into shooting.

Why We Love the S&W M&P15 Sport III

  • Affordably Priced: At under $1,000, often between $650 to $700, it’s a high-value option for beginners.
  • Mid-Length Gas System: Enhances durability and provides a smoother shooting experience.
  • Versatile 1:8 Twist Rate: Suitable for a wide range of ammunition, from light 55gr M193 bullets to heavier 90gr rounds.
  • Other Features: 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, full-length Picatinnyicatinny rail, 6-position collapsible stock.

Other Options:

  • PSA 16″ M4 Carbine
  • Aero Precision Aero AC-15M
  • IWI Zion-15

AR-15 Starter Pack

S&W M&P15 sport 3

S&W M&P15 Sport III

Specifications:

SIG SAUER ROMEO5XDR Gen II Red Dot Sight with Juliet 5

Red Dot Combo

MAGPUL AR/M4 PMAG 30 GEN M3 5.56x45 Magazine With Window

30rd Magazine

UTG AR15 Cleaning Kit

AR Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner .22 Rifle: Ruger 10/22

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If you’re looking for a classic semi-auto rifle that’s perfect for beginners, the Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat. This rifle is a legend, making it an awesome choice for teaching both kids and adults the ropes of shooting sports. The Ruger 10/22 fires the .22LR round, which is super cheap and has almost no kick, plus it’s really quiet. However, keep in mind, that the .22LR is a low-power cartridge, and its effective range tops out at about 150 yards. While it might not be your go-to for self-defense, especially compared to rounds like the .223 Rem or 9mm, it’s still not something you’d want to be on the receiving end of.

With the .22LR, you’re all set to join rimfire competitions, go after small game, or just have fun plinking in the backyard. Ruger offers a bunch of different 10/22 models so you can find one that’s just right for you. Whether it’s the 10/22 Carbine with its classic looks and versatility, the 10/22 Target for hitting bulls-eyes, or the 10/22 Tactical for competition use, Ruger’s got you covered.

All in all, the Ruger 10/22 is a solid, well-balanced rifle that packs reliable performance and up-to-date features into a classic design.

Why We Love the Ruger 10/22

  • Perfect for Beginners: With minimal recoil (.22LR round) and a quiet operation, it’s an ideal firearm for teaching new shooters the basics.
  • Versatility in Use: Whether you’re interested in rimfire competitions, small game hunting, or backyard plinking, the 10/22 serves all purposes well.
  • Affordability of Ammunition: The cost-effectiveness of .22LR rounds means you can shoot more for less, perfect for extensive practice sessions without breaking the bank.
  • Variety of Models Available: Ruger offers multiple versions of the 10/22 to fit every shooter’s need, from the classic Carbine to the precision-focused Target model, and the competition-ready Tactical version.
  • Unmatched Durability and Performance: Known for its reliability and solid construction, the Ruger 10/22 ensures a long-lasting shooting experience with consistent performance.

Other Options:

Ruger 10/22 .22 LR Rifle Starter Pack

RUGER 10/22 Takedown 22 LR

RUGER 10/22 Takedown

Specifications:

PROMAG Ruger 10/22 22 LR 55rd drum mag

55rd Drum Mag

VORTEX Crossfire II 2-7x32mm rimfire scope

Rimfire Scope

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Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner Shotgun: Mossberg 500/590

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Talking about shotguns and not bringing up the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 series is nearly impossible. They’re both standout choices for newbies and honestly, picking between them often boils down to which brand you vibe with more rather than a clear winner in performance. Lately, though, a lot of shooters are leaning towards the Mossberg, saying it’s more consistent in quality. Plus, Mossberg 500/590 shotguns sport a couple of user-friendly features like the more convenient location of the safety and slide release as well as a skeletonized always-up shell lifter that allows you to load shells and clear malfunctions easier.

The Mossberg 500 and 590 shotgun series are loved for their straightforward, pump-action design. It means they’re easy to use thanks to fewer moving parts, weigh less compared to semi-autos, and are pretty darn durable. Both series come decked out with features that make life easier, like ambidextrous safeties and anti-jam elevators.

When it comes down to what you’ll use it for, the Mossberg 500 is your go-to for hunting. It comes in a bunch of camo options plus wood and black synthetic stocks, and its lightweight build and longer barrel make aiming and control easier.

If you’re gearing up for home defense or tactical purposes, the Mossberg 590 is where it’s at. It’s decked out for customization, built to take whatever comes its way, and boasts a higher shell capacity. And if a compact, easy-to-maneuver shotgun for tight spots is what you need, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is legendary. Though it might take some getting used to, it’s surprisingly manageable once you get the hang of it.

Why We Love the Mossberg 500 and 590 Series

  • Consistent Quality: Many shooters express a preference for Mossberg over other brands for its consistent quality across models.
  • User-Friendly Features: The conveniently located safety and slide release, coupled with a skeletonized always-up shell lifter, make the Mossberg series exceptionally easy to load and clear.
  • Pump-Action Design: This design ensures fewer moving parts, lighter weight, and remarkable durability in both the 500 and 590 series.
  • Versatility for Hunting and Tactical Use: The Mossberg 500 is ideal for hunting, available in various camo, wood, and black synthetic stocks. In contrast, the Mossberg 590 suits home defense or tactical scenarios, boasting customization options and a higher shell capacity.

Other Options:

Considering a shotgun for home protection? Read our guide on the Best Home Defense Shotguns.

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Starter Pack

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave 12Ga 14.3in

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave

Specifications:

Mossberg 590 light mount

Forend Light

Side Saddle, 9 Shell

Side Saddle

Shotgun Sling

Shotgun Sling

FAQs

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The fit of a gun is determined by how well your hand can grip it, your ability to reach the trigger comfortably, and how natural it feels when aiming. The right gun should feel like an extension of your hand; it shouldn’t feel too heavy or awkward.

Yes, it is highly recommended to take a firearm safety course, even if it’s not legally required in your area. These courses provide essential information about safe handling, storing, and operating firearms. They also often cover local gun laws, which is crucial knowledge for any gun owner.

The 9mm Luger is a popular choice due to its balance of recoil, size, and power. It’s manageable for most new shooters, widely available, and is used in a variety of handgun sizes. This caliber allows beginners to practice effectively without being overwhelmed by recoil. 5.56/.223 as well as .22LR are good rifle calibers.

It’s advisable to clean your gun after every use to ensure it operates correctly and safely. If you’re not using your gun frequently, a thorough cleaning and inspection every few months is recommended. Regular maintenance prevents the buildup of residues and corrosion, prolonging the life of your firearm.

Yes, you can purchase a gun online, for example, on gritrsports.com, but it must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, usually a gun store, where you can pick it up. You’ll need to complete the necessary background checks and paperwork at the FFL, just as if you were buying a gun in a store.

This depends on your comfort level and the intended use of the firearm. Some people prefer the added precaution of the manual safety, especially if they are new to handling guns or if there are children in the home. Others prefer firearms without manual safeties for simpler operation.

Safe gun storage is essential for preventing accidents and unauthorized access. Options include gun safes, lockboxes, and safety locks that prevent the gun from being fired. It’s also advisable to store ammunition separately from the firearm.

The cost of a reliable beginner firearm varies widely, typically ranging from $400 to $800. While it might be tempting to go for a cheaper option, investing in a good-quality firearm from a reputable manufacturer ensures reliability, safety, and a better shooting experience.

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