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Does anyone know how to find out what kind of ammo the local police use?
hmmm, That would be the 1st step. But as you say, they most likely won't say.It would be a good thing to know.
If you talk to the firearms officer, I would tell them that you are a CCW holder (i'm just assuming this) and want to use the same ammo that you guys use since police officers usually test out different ammo to use in the field.
Saying it that way may make him or her more willing to tell you. I would also do it face to face instead of a phone call if you have the time to do so.
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If you have a friend who is a cop or knows a cop, ask them. They usually shouldn't have a problem, especially if the request is because you're wondering what good defensive ammo is. The line of reasoning is that if it is good enough for them it is good enough for you...I know it depends on where you are, but most cops aren't THAT paranoid!
And you're in AZ! I have yet to meet a cop who has an issue here.
FWIW, Scottsdale uses Federal. I think MCSO uses Gold Dots, but don't hold me to that. I will ask around.
I buy our Sheriff's department ammunition, and we buy off of the state ammunition bid. Go to your state's general services website and look for the ammunition bid. It should list what state law enforcement uses, but you probably won't get it at that price!
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In CO several departments use Win Ranger SXT in 9mm .40 or .45.
I'll be willing to bet that 9 out of 10 departments use Speer Gold Dot GDHP. It's a proven, effective round, and I bet Speer gives them a nice discount, too. The other two departments probably have a "approved list" of acceptable ammo for their officers to choose from.
I know many departments that use Hydra Shoks. As long as its a decent hollow point I think it just comes down to price. Hydra Shoks are great rounds but by no means "state of the art". Who is giving the nicest deal in the area at the time.....
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All the local departments piggyback on bids from other agncies. You could check that info pretty easy if you're not comfortable asking a cop.
But, if you're asking so you can use a similar load for SD to avoid the "extra deadly ammo" argument by a sleazy lawyer after a SD shooting you probably can't go wrong using Gold Dot, Gold Saber, Hydra Shok or HST. You won't have to look far to find an agency using them. If you can't find out the exact load the locals use I wouldn't worry much.