BLUF – Ammunition – Use only what your firearm is rated for!

Ammunition Information

Ammunition Standards

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) is an association of the nation's leading manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and components. SAAMI was founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government and tasked with:

  • Creating and publishing industry standards for safety, interchangeability, reliability and quality
  • Coordinating technical data
  • Promoting safe and responsible firearms use

(Taken from from the SAAMI Website)

The standards they set are designed to enhance safety in firearms and ammunition by creating standards that all manufactures use.  This includes the amount of powder in a standard cartridge (depending on caliber) so that the pressures in the chamber when fired are consistent.

+P and +P+ Ammunition Types

+P

A designation for ammunition that has been loaded to produce pressure levels that is higher than the SAAMI (The Sporting Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) loading limit for normal Maximum Product Average (MPA).  The “+P” designation, usually head stamped on the cartridge and printed on the ammunition box, means higher than the normal MPA.  This should only be fired in weapons designed by the manufacturer to take the higher pressures.

SAAMI specifications for standard chamber pressures compared to +P cartridges are as follows:

Cartridge Standard pressure +P pressure Notes
9 mm Luger 35,000 38,500 10% increase
.38 Special 17,000 18,500 9% increase
.45 ACP 21,000 23,000 9.5% increase
.38 Auto 26,500 36,500 38% increase to make .38 Super

+P+

A designation for ammunition that has been loaded to produce pressure levels that are higher than the SAAMI loading limits for +P ammunition, but for which there are in fact no SAAMI standards.  The “+P+” designation is generally head stamped on the cartridge and printed on the ammunition box. SAAMI has established no Maximum Product Average (MPA) loading limit for the +P+ designation therefore a manufacturer’s specific loading limit must be consulted in order to determine the MPA pressure level produced by that manufacturer’s +P+ ammunition. Due to having no upper limit on the MPA pressure of +P+ ammunition, it is not possible or prudent for an arms manufacturer to certify a firearm as capable of handling it based on that designation alone.  Most +P+ ammunition is not sold to the general public but to law enforcement agencies with the boxes usually marked “for law enforcement use only – not for resale.”

UNLESS YOUR FIREARM IS RATED FOR THIS AMMO DON'T FIRE IT THROUGH YOUR FIREARM!

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XD® 4″ Full Size Model 9mm

The XD® pistol from Springfield Armory® sets the standard for polymer pistols. The XD® has everything you want and need in a pistol – superior ergonomics, reliable performance, and features that make it easy and intuitive to use. The XD® 4” Full-Size is the original XD® offering from Springfield Armory®, and the most basic XD®. This is the XD® that started it all.

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Please read the owners manual before you come to the course so you are familiar with all aspects of the handgun!

BLUF – Handgun Fundamentals (Stance)

Proper Handgun Firing Stance

BLUF:  When learning to shoot a handgun your basic handgun firing stance, or shooting foundation, is crucial anytime you fire a weapon.

When you first learn to shoot you have several shooting fundamentals you must develop and master.  Mastering the fundamentals of proper grip, shooting stance, aiming (sight alignment and sight picture), and trigger control (to name a few) will set the foundation of recall when it must be done instantaneously.  Great competitive and defensive technique shooters learn and train to have a solid basic handgun firing stance before moving on and learning to shoot from alternate shooting positions.  Whether you are dry fire training or "putting rounds down range" you have begin with a fundamental shooting stance.

In the video below from NRA All Access, Firearm Science's host Jessie Duff and 3 Gun National Champion Tommy Thacker explains the proper way to obtain the two most common shooting stances.

Learn, practice dry fire, train live fire, and master!

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BLUF – Handgun Fundamentals (Grip)

Proper Handgun Grip

BLUF: Without proper grip on a firearm you will not have the ability to have substantial firearm control while achieving speed and accuracy.

In every class the fundamentals are stressed as the foundation of everything you do.  If you do not have solid muscle memory in the fundamentals of shooting, when in a crisis situation or when muscle memory takes over, you will not perform at your peak.  The grip of the pistol is one of those fundamentals that allows you to build your skills.  Accuracy, precision, and speed cannot be increased if this one fundamental is not perfected.  It is a perishable skill though.  You must train to obtain a proper grip at all times.

In this video from NRA All Access, Firearm Science's host Jessie Duff and 3 Gun National Champion Tommy Thacker explains that basic pistol grip fundamental that all other pistol shooting is built around.

Learn, practice dry fire, train live fire, and master!

Gunny sends!