More specifically about hollow points, the mistake is not training with them and only using ball ammo in your gun at the range. Why do people do this? Because hollow point and other self-defense ammunition costs more money! I get it, I'm broke too. But it could be a huge mistake, and we're about to discuss some reasons why this is.
For example, a good friend of mine only used to train with his target ammo for the reasons stated above. His self-defense ammunition from Lehigh Defense cost a good amount of money, and, therefore, never got used in his training. He never put his .380 rounds through his little Kahr CW380, and carried it like that for several months until some smart gentleman I also know told him he should run some of his self-defense ammo through his gun so he knew how it handled.
He took this awesome individual's advice (ahem) and the little pocket pistol fired the first round, then jammed up.
He was in awe. His mind was blown because he carried that little gun around with him for months in Philly and he would only have gotten off one round before experiencing a failure. He trusted his life with a broken setup. Didn't matter if it was the gun, ammo, or a combination of the two just not liking each other because both products have great reviews. His setup was broken.
As any person with a decent brain housing group would do, he loaded a different magazine with a different batch of his chosen ammo.
One bang, then a failure.
Suffice it to say that he does not carry Lehigh Defense ammo in a Kahr CW380 anymore.
So, to you I pose a question: If you don't shoot your expensive ammo in your gun, how will you know that it'll work when your life depends on it?
I'm a firm believer that when you train for your self-defense situations, you need to (sometimes) get as close to the scenario as possible. Because your self-defense ammo is different, either with heavier projectiles, higher pressures in +P, etc., you need to know how it handles.
While it's likely a negligible amount for the average shooter, your self-defense ammo could, in theory, produce a different amount of felt recoil in your gun than it does with ball ammo. How would you know if you don't ever shoot it because it costs so much?
Now, before I ruffle your feathers, let me go on to say that you shouldn't be shooting +P ammo till the cows come home, just a few rounds so you know what you're dealing with and that it actually works. Reason being, +P and +P+ ammo is loaded to higher pressures than regular ammunition is, and can therefore wear your firearm out faster. But, you do need to know how it feels when you shoot it.
Does self-defense ammo cost more? Of course it does, for good reason: They're meant to hurt more and stop your threat. But what's worth more? Your life or a few bucks? I'll let you decide, but I shoot my chosen self-defense ammunition through my guns to know it works. Let us know in the comments below if you do or not.
Oh, and just so you know, that .357 magnum cartridge up there at the top is made by G2 research. Stay tuned because I'll be talking about these a bit more in some upcoming articles.
You made it this far? Want more ammo info? Check out Matthew's article about re-manufactured ammo.