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I am new to pistols and don't know what brand is a quality brand. I want to buy full metal jacket 9mm for target practice and hallow point for carrying. What brands are quality that I should be buying?
 

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Any 9mm FMJ that shoots clean for practice.

Any of the following for defensive carry.

Not in any particular order.

Barnes XPB 115gr HP (35515) loaded by Cor-Bon (DPX09115)

Winchester Partition Gold 124gr JHP (RA91P)

Winchester Ranger-T 124 gr +P JHP (RA9124TP)

Winchester Ranger-T 127gr JHP +P+ (RA9TA)

Winchester Ranger-T 147gr JHP (RA9T)

Winchester Bonded 147gr JHP (RA9B/Q4364)

Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP +P (53617)

Speer Gold Dot 147gr JHP (53619)

Remington Golden Saber 147gr JHP (GS9MMC)

Federal Tactical 124gr JHP (LE9T1)

Federal Tactical 135gr JHP +P (LE9T5)

Federal HST 147gr JHP (P9HST2)
 

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I am new to pistols and don't know what brand is a quality brand. I want to buy full metal jacket 9mm for target practice and hallow point for carrying. What brands are quality that I should be buying?
What make of weapon have you decided on?

9 mm Ammunition comes in varying sizes:

9 mm Kurz 9x17, .380 SAE.
9 mm Makarov 9x18
9 mm Luger 9x19
9 mm Largo 9x23
 

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What make of weapon have you decided on?

9 mm Ammunition comes in varying sizes:

9 mm Kurz 9x17, .380 SAE.
9 mm Makarov 9x18
9 mm Luger 9x19
9 mm Largo 9x23
The OP stated for a Glock 26, so it's a 9mm Lugar, Parabellum, etc.
 

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Hey Munch? Good list you have there. I have tried some of them and they are fine. My problem is availability here local. I ran across some PMC Eldorado Starfire 124 gr. jhp on a shopping trip and bought some. Have not ran any yet, just wondering if anyone on this topic is familiar with them? Oh and I do have a G26 and more 9mm's. Thanks..
 

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what Munch said.:)
I carry Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP +P myself.
 

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Also Reminton Golden Sabers are an exellent coice.
 

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what Munch said.:)
I carry Speer Gold Dot 124gr JHP +P myself.
Add me for the GDHP 124gr+P, but I don't (technically) have a G26. My wife does. I've stoked it and her spare mag with Federal Tactical HST 124gr+P. She trusts me, and I look out for her best interest.
 

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Hey Munch? Good list you have there. I have tried some of them and they are fine. My problem is availability here local. I ran across some PMC Eldorado Starfire 124 gr. jhp on a shopping trip and bought some. Have not ran any yet, just wondering if anyone on this topic is familiar with them? Oh and I do have a G26 and more 9mm's. Thanks..
Got the list here...other calibers and perdy pictures too.

Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo
 

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Gold Dots come in a short barrelled flavoured that would be great for the 26.
 

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Ok so all that was helpful but still not sure what ammo to get. Grain refers to the weight of the bullet. The more grains the heavier the bullet. +P ammunition is refering to a shell that has been loaded by the manufacturer to almost maxumum chamber pressure level. In other words its a very hot (fast as compared to a non +P) round in terms of velocity. Basicly you have round nose or "ball" loads, hollow points, and soft points. (soft points generaly have an exposed lead tipped bullet.) Advantages are ball ammo feeds well in most all guns, even the ones that dont feed hollow points well and it penetrates targets well,, sometimes too well. (over penetration) Hollow points give the user the best expansion and stopping power prefromance but sometimes dont feed well, especially in older auto's. Soft points are kind of
 

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Ok that is helpful but what about grain weight, +p or not?? The question is for a Glock 26.
That was answered in a few posts above, and I agree-124gr+P Speer GoldDot HP is an excellent defensive round for carry.
 

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When I had a G26, my choice was standard pressure 147gr; either Gold Dots or Ranger.

Friends who still carry them also like the 124+P Gold Dot.
 

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I prefer either Federal 115 jhp (9bp) or Federal 115 jhp +p+ (9bple)

Both have a proven track record and both just happen to be the most accurate load I have found for both my 26 and 34
 

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federal 115 grn law enforcement BPLE +P+ jhp's

or

winchester ranger talon law enforcement 115grn +p+ jhp's


:hand10:


(these are what i have in my glock19 :image035:)
 

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Why +p or +p+? Is it necessary for defensive shooting? Is it better for the gun?
Actually, no--in the long run, +p(+) is actually harder on your gun...but all that really means is that you'll need to replace your recoil spring a but more often.

The reason a lot of people prefer the higher pressure rounds is to get more velocity out of the shorter barrel.
 

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any of the ones on the list here are more than adequate

its really up to you if you want standard, +p, or +p+

yes, it will mean you need to replace your recoil spring more often, but thats not that big of a deal

as others have said, the higher pressure helps with velocity out of the shorter barrels
I shoot +p 200 gr gold dots in my G30, and the wife has +p 124gr Winchester Talons for her Glock 26
 
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