Handgun bullets, or pistol bullets, are a distinctive class of ammunition. The main difference between handgun bullets and other types of bullets, primarily rifle ones, lies in their size, velocity, and intended use. Handgun bullets are typically smaller and slower than rifle bullets, designed to be effective at the shorter ranges common in self-defense and law enforcement scenarios. If you prefer self-reloaded ammo to mass-produced one, then bullets should definitely make it onto your equipment shelf.
JHP Handgun Bullets
Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) bullets are a popular choice for both law enforcement and self-defense due to their ability to expand upon impact. This expansion creates a larger wound channel in the target, increasing the bullet's stopping power. Moreover, this expansion often prevents the bullet from exiting the target and causing collateral damage. Hornady pistol bullets, for instance, are renowned for their reliable expansion and high stopping power. You can find a large selection of 9mm hollow point bullets as well as JHP bullets for other calibers.
FMJ Handgun Bullets
Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) bullets are another common type of handgun ammunition. These bullets are covered in a hard shell of metal (typically copper) that helps maintain the bullet's shape upon impact and through penetration. FMJ bullets are often used for target shooting and training because they are generally less expensive than other types of bullets for handguns and less likely to deposit lead in the barrel. Gritr Sports offers a wide choice of FMJ .40 bullets for reloading.
Soft point bullets are a kind of hybrid between JHP and FMJ bullets. They feature a soft lead tip exposed at the front while the remainder of the bullet is enclosed in a metallic jacket. This design allows the bullet to expand more slowly and predictably than a JHP, making soft-point bullets a popular choice for hunting. They are particularly useful for larger game where deep penetration is required, such as when using .45 ACP projectiles.
Those are the major types of handgun bullets you can find here, on Gritr Sports. We boast an extensive collection of pistol bullets of all the most popular calibers and makes. Here you can find bullets produced by such industry masters as Winchester Ammo, Wilson Combat, Hornady and other notable brands.
What are the different types of handgun bullets?
Handgun bullets come in several types, including Full Metal Jacket (FMJ), Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP), and Soft Point bullets. The type you choose depends on your intended use, such as self-defense, target practice, or hunting.
What is the most powerful handgun bullet?
The title of the most powerful handgun bullet often goes to the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. This bullet, made specifically for the Smith & Wesson Model 500 revolver, can produce a muzzle energy over 2,600 foot-pounds force.
What is a Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) bullet?
An FMJ bullet is covered in a hard shell of metal, typically copper, that helps maintain the bullet's shape upon impact and through penetration.
What is a Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) bullet?
JHP bullets are designed to expand upon impact, creating a larger wound channel in the target and increasing the bullet's stopping power. They are a popular choice for self-defense and law enforcement.