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JAN 2019

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32 POLICE JANUARY 2019 AMMUNITION TRENDS are determined by multiple factors including technology, reliability, and ease of use. Many calibers may be fun to shoot on the range, but not all of them are practical for use on duty or for off-duty carry. Right now, 9mm is quite popular because it is a versatile caliber, and advances in the technology used to make it have improved its performance. But that doesn't mean other cali- bers are disappearing or that they aren't suitable for different missions. 9MM RESURGENCE "While many law enforcement departments and agencies still use .357, .40, and even .45 caliber guns, most have already switched or are switching to 9mm," says Joel Harris, SIG Sau- er's director of media relations and communication. In October 2015 the FBI announced that its agents would again be carrying 9mm pistols instead of .40 S&W. Harris believes this an- nouncement, and the FBI's release of a study detailing their findings on the rounds, was a major cause of what he calls the "immense resurgence" of the 9mm round since that time. "I would say that at this point the 9mm round is the most widely used round in domestic law enforcement, and the de- velopments made to the 9mm bullet have improved its effec- tiveness for law enforcement purposes," Harris says. 9MM DESIGN "A lot of it comes down to bullet construction and bullet design parameters over the last 10 to 20 years," explains Jared Hin- ton, the communications coordinator for Federal and Speer ammunition. Companies like his have continued to experiment with dif- ferent materials and techniques to improve the performance of 9mm ammunition. Examples include Federal Hydra-Shok and Speer Gold Dot, which are products that continue to evolve. One of the driving forces behind these changes has been FBI testing of ammunition performance. Spurred on by a desire to improve testing results, Federal and Speer have worked together to create a process used in bonding lead cores to copper jackets. Hinton says, "is results in more consistent expansion of the bullet and more consistent Many shooters appreciate that the reduced recoil of 9mm rounds tends to allow for more accuracy and faster follow-up shots. PHOTO: SIG SAUER g MORE OFFICERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE ADOPTING 9MM CALIBER WEAPONS. MELANIE BASICH CALIBER OF CHOICE

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