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4 Vital Points to Purchasing & Storing Ammo

In the kitchen, moms have an understanding of all the utensils used to cook and what to do with them before, during and after the meal.

In short, moms grasp the fundamentals of cooking just like they should understand the fundamentals of purchasing, storing and using the proper ammunition for their personal defense firearm.

4 Vital Points to Purchasing & Storing Ammo

Don’t make this grandiose mistake I made when purchasing my first box of ammunition.

My Blunder Story

I purchased .38 special ammo from a local dealer for my first handgun to use during my Conceal Carry Class so I could apply for my permit. When I fired off my first round, even the range officer standing beside me new something was really wrong with the ammo.  It should not have had that powerful of a punch.

My range officer was great.  He looked at the box the ammo came in and it was exactly what it should have been but when he looked at the rim of the actual cartridge it was labeled P++,  which meant it had been loaded with extra gunpowder. It had been boxed wrong from the manufacturer.

The moral of the story is to check the box and the cartridges inside the box to make sure the labels match before purchasing and leaving the store.  If you order online, check the labels before you fire off any rounds and send them back if they’re wrong.

I’m sure this was a rare instance, but it sealed a fact in my memory – it never hurts to check and check again before someone gets hurt.

By the way – the cartridge a gun is designed to use can be found on the pistol itself.

So what kind of ammunition do I purchase for practice and defensive rounds?


 What Types To Buyammo

You’ll need two boxes of premium defensive hollow point rounds of ammunition.  Read your firearms Owner’s Manual to determine which brand they recommend for your specific firearm.

Reading the Manual will save you trial and error (and money) since they’ve already tested the firearm with many different rounds before putting it on the market.

You’ll need one box of premium to shoot through your firearm to be absolutely certain it feeds through without any problems. This is imperative to know when you’re life is depending on it.

The second box of hollow point premium round is for you to keep your firearm loaded at all times and on your person during the waking hours of your children.  I’d shoot these rounds and replace them about every 2-3 months just to make sure you have a fresh batch for the critical moment of defense.

Be sure to count the number of practice rounds you’ll need so you can practice as often as possible.

So let’s watch that video for the explanation of the differences between practice and premium rounds to have on hand.


Watch the video now….

I thought Mr Markel in the video did an excellent job explaining the difference between the premium and practice rounds and what you’re getting for your money so be sure to watch the video if you haven’t already.

Oh yeah, I personally use the Barnes TAC-XPD, all copper bullet, techni-crom plated cases that feed smoothly and reliably and has a reduced muzzle flash for low-light conditions. Yes, these hollow points cost a premium price but I feel that my life is quite worth it in the big scope of things.

And for my supply of ammo I need to know how to store it properly for best reliability.

When my husband and I watch our last television show of the evening, we just can’t help but eat a salty snack.  However, before we retire for bed we need to get our firearms ready for bed, too. So we wash our hands thoroughly before touching our magazines, firearm grip or cartridges.  If we forget and pick up even one cartridge with salty fingers, we wipe off our fingerprints immediately with a tissue.  Here are some other maintenance things to remember:

  • Ammunition must be stored in a cool, dry place
  • Always keep ammunition in the original factory box or carton.
  • Keep ammunition away from children or other unauthorized persons.
  • Ammunition can be damaged by exposure to water, solvents, and petroleum products or materials.
  • Fingerprints can cause corrosion to cartridges due to salty residue.

Well, that just about does it for the ammunition maintenance brigade.  If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask away in the comments section below.

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    • You risk moisture buildup storing it in a refrigerator. Moisture is not good for any type ammo. Just make sure your ammo is dry and it will last a very long time.

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