Most law enforcement uses hollow point bullets for one very good reason: they pack the most punch of any handgun ammunition!
Expansion vs. Penetration
Collateral damage is a nightmare scenario for law enforcement. Precision shooting is literally a life-or-death concern in a crowd or public place where innocent bystanders could get caught in the crossfire.
The problem? Most bullets are designed to move THROUGH a target and keep on going. Which means there’s a high risk of the bullet striking an unintended target.
Hollow point ammo, on the other hand, expands upon impact, maximizing stopping power. The expansion is caused by the hollow tip of the bullet. This allows the internal organs and tissue of the target to be severely impacted.
Penetration is minimized. Collateral damage is all but non-existent.
Designed to expand, the diameter of a hollow point increases as it passes through the target. The more a bullet expands, the less it will penetrate due to FRICTION.
Concealed carriers and experienced shooters prefer hollow point bullets. Here’s why:
- Because it’s a small-arms projectile, it can be used in concealed carry guns.
- It’s perfect for self-defense… the #1 reason why most people carry concealed.
- Due to reduced expansion inherent in most bullets, the pass-through factor means that what they hit often leaves targets less impaired. Not a good thing when you need to bring your target down fast.
- Hunters want to maximize the impact of their shot. To do this, the expansion of hollow points is indispensable.
First, hollow point bullets expand on contact and reduce the risk of hitting unintentional targets downfield.
Secondly, almost every law enforcement agency in the country uses hollow point ammo because it’s more effective at stopping attackers. As in, lethal.