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i am going to buy the gun before i order all that stuff.... because i dont even know what half of that is


ApexTactical.com

Did you not watch my video review? I cover all of these things.






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Federal Hydrashok (I don't know why Uway doesn't like them^)


arfcom best choices for self defense ammo

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There are a lot of people who pick a load without adequately researching the ammo they trust their life on. The Federal Hydra-Shock is one such example. It was the whiz-bang bullet of its time, but has since been eclipsed by many other bullet designs. The principal weakness of that round are its lack of expansion after passing through clothing.


"Dont buy it" might be a little strong, but it's just outdated compared to a lot of the stuff out there now.

More from the article:
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You might notice that the list does NOT include any lightweight bullets with the exception of the Barnes 115gr version. The reason - especially if you've read the beginning of this article - should be clear already, but Doctor Roberts sums it up nicely as well: "With the exception of the Barnes 115 gr XPB all copper projectile, in general, most 9 mm 115 gr loads have demonstrated greater inconsistency, insufficient penetration, poor intermediate barrier capability, and failure to expand in denim testing than other 9mm bullets.


Further reading for M&P 9mm ammo choices (and the M&P in general):
9mm M&P accuracy






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Did you not watch my video review?


not yet, just got back from jogging and ate dinner. ill watch it, i saw your shotgun ammo video and liked it. you are my educator






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you are my educator




Glad to help. I prefer to refer you to my videos than type out 5 paragraphs.

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The principal weakness of that round are its lack of expansion after passing through clothing.

"Dont buy it" might be a little strong, but it's just outdated compared to a lot of the stuff out there now.


I'm sure they've improved the velocity since then. Even if it may be a bit outdated, I still think it's a good option if none of the others are available. Many perps are in the ground because of Hydrashoks.

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My suggestion then is to go with “more base, less point” and see what you come up with.


I load 9mm flat point bullets and didn't realize I was actually helping my accuracy. Sweet!



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your speaking chinese to me right now, but later tonight ill come back with what i learned in your video





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I load 9mm flat point bullets and didn't realize I was actually helping my accuracy. Sweet!


If you ever want to take a class, the guy that wrote that trains under Unity Tactical. Range is in Hammond. I took his tactical medicine class and highly recommend it.






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If you ever want to take a class, the guy that wrote that trains under Unity Tactical. Range is in Hammond. I took his tactical medicine class and highly recommend it.


Good stuff. Duly noted!






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k Apple, just finished watching your videos, ill definitely want a apex trigger, because if im in a situation where someone is coming at me i want a fast reset trigger so i can put multiple rounds in them, plus i like a lighter trigger.

now a question about the caliber.

i shot 9mm this past weekend, i have shot them a few times here and there, and thats all i have shot, im comfortable with them, which is really important to me. should i try a 40? or should i stick with what i know and like? will a 40 have better results? more stopping power? dont want to run the risk of having some crackhead not go down with 2 shots from a 9mm, or am i being paranoid? i honestly dont know how different caliber rounds do when dealing with actually shooting an intruder

i liked both videos... getting you that youtube cred






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i liked both videos... getting you that youtube cred


Thanks broseph.

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more stopping power?


I have another video called "caliber wars and stopping power" and I explain how the term is very loose. It is only relevant when comparing a pistol to a rifle or shotgun.

There are two ultimate ways to kill a threat:

1. Shot to central nervous system (CNS)
2. Bleed out/lack of oxygen (if shot in lung)

Only #1 will be a real "stop" though. If you pierce someone's spine or brain stem, you are literally disconnecting the "wire" that connects the brain to the extremities.

If you hit the perp anywhere else, you are relying on the perp's perception of the pain, or him/her bleeding out to actually "stop" him/her. But, this doesn't guarantee an immediate STOP. Only a CNS shot does.

So to answer your question, 9mm = 40S&W = 45ACP with today's powder technology. Just choose a good hollow point and go from there.

If you want the ability to shoot at the range for cheap but still prefer a bigger bore, get the M&P40 and you can pop in the factory S&W 9mm barrel at the range to save some dough. I talk about this in my video.



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So to answer your question, 9mm = 40S&W = 45ACP with today's powder technology. Just choose a good hollow point and go from there.


thats the answer i was trying to figure out.

so go with what im comfortable with then.

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If you want the ability to shoot at the range for cheap but still prefer a bigger bore, get the M&P40 and you can pop in the factory S&W 9mm barrel at the range to save some dough. I


i think im going to go with the 9mm 5 inch barrel .

now i was told many stores wont have the exact model im looking for, can i have someone like cabellas or bass pro order the model i want? or am i just going to have to track one down since supplies are limited now?



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i think im going to go with the 9mm 5 inch barrel . now i was told many stores wont have the exact model im looking for,


Well the only models with a 5" barrel are the 9L and the 9Pro. The 9Pro has some other features (better sights, better trigger) and costs a bit more but it does have the 5" barrel. I have never seen a regular 9L in person.

So the short answer, yes it will be harder to find a 5". The standard 4.25" M&Ps are the popular ones that you see everywhere.

I would say your best bet would be to check some online dealers and find a good place to transfer it close to you. You have to get the online seller to send it to a dealer, and then there you fill out the paperwork. You could also put a "wanted to buy" add out on armslist.com and you may get some responses.

But doing a regular internet search, this is the closest I could find:

M&P9L CORE

CORE stands for "combat optics ready edition" (or "competition optics ready equiptment"; I've heard both) and the gun includes a cutout on the slide to add a red dot sight. It also comes with textured backstraps and a pro series trigger. It really is tops, but the price is much higher than a standard 9L.




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i think im going to try to find the 9 pro.

the one i did research on came with night sights, which would be a plus for what im using it for. i know its going to take a while to find, just lining everything up






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Carson123987


what ya waaa'ing about? the $880 price tag on that M&P CORE?

that kinda threw me a bit


i think this is the one ill be searching for

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the $880 price tag on that M&P CORE?

that kinda threw me a bit


Yea, it's pricey and more geared toward competition shooters. Understandable if you wish to forgo it.

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i think this is the one ill be searching for

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Solid choice. You'll have more luck finding a 5" pro series than a standard 9L.







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yea thats what i figured.

hopefully i can find one without a huge markup.

well thanks for all the help apple. those videos really helped guide me.

also your 1911 is orgasmic






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well thanks for all the help apple. those videos really helped guide me.



Happy to help. People like you are the exact reason I make the videos. I like to guide new shooters through some of the confusion. Thank you for making me feel it's worth it.

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also your 1911 is orgasmic




I greatly appreciate it. I put a lot of money into my baby so it's good to see her getting some love.






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Too bad you cant put crimson trace grips on it.





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i bought the 40 back in July. Here's some great info. S&W sells the 9 & 40 in what they package as a range kit. comes with case, gun, backstraps,3 mags, mag loader, range holster for gun and one for 2 mags. I got the kit for $540 when the gun itself was almost $500. My dealer didn't even know they sold them like that. check it out on the S&W website.





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going to be in mississippi for a month starting monday, maybe Gander Mtn. will have it.... love that place





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