Saturday, July 21, 2012

Carry Your Gun

This past week brought news of two highly publicized shootings. This isn't a post to rehash those horrific incidents. This is a reminder: Carry your gun!

In the Florida incident, one of the thugs stated afterwards, “he never expected anyone to be armed.” Fortunately he was wrong. That expectation on the part of the criminal is the problem in America today. The wolves expect that the sheep, their victims, will be unarmed and unable to defend themselves. It's time to change that assumption.

In the Colorado incident, in a crowded theatre, not a single person fought back, at least as far as we know so far. Why is that? One reason is that the theatre is "gun free zone." The management of that theatre chain demands that its patrons be defenseless. There's a good chance the shooter chose this venue to carry out his cowardly act for that very reason.

We're told in an emergency to "call 911." Dozens of people called 911 when the shooting started and not a single person inside the theatre was saved by those calls.

Carry your gun, it's a lighter burden than regret.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sellier & Bellot Ammo Review

Recently we received an email from the folks at asking if Gabriel Possenti Shooters would be interested in receiving some free ammo for review. Free ammo? More shooting? Well, okay.

We received a box of 124gr SP 9mm Ammo by Sellier & Bellot. This turned out to be a good choice for review for a couple of reasons. First, 124gr 9mm is my preferred 9mm load. Secondly, Sellier & Bellot is a brand I've never tried previously.

This "soft point"ammo has an exposed bullet tip, rather then being fully copper clad. This design maybe useful to meet some indoor range limitations as it is easier on the backstop. Since we're shooting outdoors, that point is moot. My focus here is "How does it shoot?" Ballistic tests and the like are fine, but our focus is the recreational shooter. I loaded up the SIG P226 mags with the review ammo, as well as some mags with my usual 124gr rounds for comparison. On this day we happened to be working on close range shooting, 7 yards or so, with a focus on strong and weak hand only shooting. I started off with the known rounds, then switched to the Sellier & Bellot. The perceived recoil was no different, even shooting one handed. My accuracy stayed the same between the rounds. In fairness, I took careful two-handed aim at a three inch circle. As shown to the below, the first DA shot split the number, while my quick followup SA shot was off but still on target. The ammo is at least as accurate as I am.

I certainly have no complaints about the Sellier & Bellot 9mm rounds. With the ever-changing ammo availability situation it's good to know I have another wholly acceptable option. is also a new-to-me ammo supplier. Their website offers numerous options for navigation. You can search for ammo by caliber, quantity, or even by firearm type based on user recommendations. Almost all my ammo shopping is done online, and includes a feature that I appreciate, and demand, when ammo shopping — their real-time inventory is readily listed. Each product page includes the stock available, and if something is totally out of stock it is not listed.

The ammo reviewed here was provided without charge by The content of this review was made without input by the supplier and no compensation was received for this review.