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45 ACP Self-Defense and Range Training

The .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) may be the most iconic American cartridge on the books. It was created for the U.S. Armed Forces by John Moses Browning more than 100 years ago and remains a top choice for military and law enforcement personnel. Civilians also give the .45 high marks when it comes to sport shooting and self-defense. Competition and backyard shooters praise the .45 for mild recoil and accuracy.

Various law enforcement agencies continue to use the .45 ACP for its ability to stop dangerous antagonists. Agencies include the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT. Although the U.S. military replaced the .45 ACP with the 9mm in 1985, Delta Force and Operators of Marine Expeditionary Units under the United States Special Ops Command have the option to use the .45 in their pistols.

When it comes to self-defense the .45 Auto penetrates deep and creates a significant wound capable of damaging the circulatory system, central nervous system, and critical organs.

.45 ACP Self-Defense Ammo

Best .45 ACP Self-Defense Ammo

When it comes to self-defense, you won’t have much time to think. Action is key. That’s why it’s important to spend time choosing the appropriate weapon and ammo, and then getting comfortable with handling them in a pressure-filled situation. Keep in mind that a self-defense situation can involve people or animals and involves stopping the threat, but not necessarily killing the target. Whatever your situation, be prepared to handle it accurately and efficiently.

Speer Ammunition: Gold Dot JHP 230 Grain JHP 

Speer’s Gold Dot has a great reputation for accuracy and delivering a clean shot. This 230 grain hollow point does both while firing a controlled penetration sufficient to stop any threat that comes your way. The bullet is a bonded core projectile which means that the core and jacket are fused to prevent separation upon impact. The brass casing and Boxer primer allow for easy reloading.

Specifications:

  • 890 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 230 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Nickel-Plated Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 405 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

Federal Ammunition: Personal Defense 230 Grain JHP

Manufactured by the Federal Ammunition Company, this round is a 230 grain jacketed hollow point. It is referred to as the best .45 ammo for self-defense regarding precision, accuracy and penetration while managing to maintain close to 100% weight retention.

Specifications:

  • 850 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 230 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 369 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

Hornady Ammunition: Duty Defense 220 Grain FTX JHP

The name of this cartridge says it all. Hornady’s 220 grain, .45 ACP +P ammo is a solid FTX that offers maximum stopping power. It also has the same characteristics of Hornady’s other cartridges, delivering precision, accuracy and deep penetration with maximum expansion.

Note that the Duty Defense is a +P ammo, so these rounds should only be used in approved firearms for safety purposes.

Specifications:

  • 975 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 220 Grain
  • JHP Bullet
  • Nickel-Plated Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 464 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

 

Best .45 ACP Range Training Ammo

Federal Ammunition: American Eagle 230 Grain FMJ

Federal weighs in with its 230 grain .45 ACP round with a non-magnetic lead core, full metal jacket, and non-corrosive Boxer primer. The cartridge is reloadable up to 5 times and provides maximum quality at an affordable price. The AE .45 ACP is a new production bullet that features clean-burning powder and ballistics similar to Federal’s Premium Personal Defense rounds. Ideal for range training purposes.

Specifications:

  • 890 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 230 Grain
  • FMJ Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 404 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

Magtech Ammunition: 230 Grain FMC

Magtech has been manufacturing its own components since 1926. All parts of the cartridge from the primer, powder, and projectiles have been manufactured while maintaining strict quality standards. That is one reason why they made the list of the best .45 ACP ammo. Magtech’s reputation and high standards have propelled them to the forefront of the industry and now they export ammunition to 50 countries from their state-of-the-art facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Specifications:

  • 837 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  • 230 Grain
  • FMJ Bullet
  • Brass Casing
  • Boxer Primer
  • 358 ft lbs Muzzle Energy

 


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