Ammunition (colloquially shortened to ammo) is gunpowder and artillery, or broadly anything that can be used in combat including bombs, missiles, warheads, landmines, naval mines, and anti-personnel mines. The word comes from the French la munition which is all material used for war. The collective term for all types of ammunition is munitions.

The Box O’ Truth #39 – Oil Vs. Primers

We have all participated in debates about how harmful oils are to primers. In fact, I, along with most folks, often said, “I bet WD-40 will quickly kill a primer. You had better keep it away from your ammo.” But, just how fast does this happen? I had one respected firearms instructor tell me that in the post I did on Cleaning and Lubing a Semi Auto Pistol, I needed to warn folks not to get any oil in the [...]

The Box O’ Truth #46 – Shotgun Slugs, Sabots, and Smooth Bore Barrels

I have had a few folks ask the question: “I know sabot slugs are designed to be used with rifled shotgun barrels, but can they be used effectively with a smooth bore barrel?” That is the question we will try to answer today. First a little terminology education. A solid, single projectile fired from a shotgun is called a “slug”. In years past, the most common type was called a “rifled [...]

Low Light Essentials #8 – Gear – Ammunition

Something VERY few people ever stop to consider is how their carry ammo performs in low light. Most people have never shot their carry ammo at night and have no idea what sort of issues it can cause for them. I talked earlier about the “flashbulb” effect that too bright of a light can cause and why that happens. The same concern exists with the muzzle flash from various types of ammunition. Believe it or not [...]

The Box O’ Truth #52 – Bullet Quality and Accuracy

Those of us that handload know that there are several things that can and will effect accuracy. Case quality and preparation, primers, powder, and bullet quality will all affect the accuracy of the load. Today, we will look at one of those parameters, bullet quality. I started out with some once-fired, Israeli military brass. It was full length resized, chamfered inside and out, and polished. Federal Small Rifle Primers [...]

Educational Zone #88 – The Colt Python .357 Magnum Revolver

The Colt Python .357 Magnum was introduced by Colt in the mid 1950s.It was a “Premium” revolver, and started out as a target revolver.It became the ultimate in police handguns later in its life and I had the privilege of carrying one as a police officer in the early 1970s.The model I carried was a 6 inch nickeled revolver, but I sold it, much to my regret.But I have since replaced it with a blued 6 inch [...]
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