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How to Pick the Right Ammo for Your Glock™

If you’re reading this, then we probably don’t have to tell you that the Glock™ is one of the world’s top firearms and an essential weapon for military and law enforcement agencies around the globe. The Glock™ has plenty of factors working in its favor, boasting unmatched reliability, a lightweight design, and an above-average magazine capacity.

But like any firearm, a Glock™ can only perform to its highest potential when it is properly loaded with the right ammunition. So, what ammo does a Glock™ use? You need to know exactly which Glock™ handgun you have to answer that question.

We’ve put together a handy guide to choosing the right ammo for Glock™ handguns, covering the most popular models made by the manufacturer.

Essential Ammunition Terms

Before you start browsing Glock™ ammo for sale, you should have a solid understanding of how bullets are measured. This means learning about the most important parts of ammunition and the purpose each serves:

  • Cartridge: The cartridge includes the bullet, casing, primer, and powder, which are all necessary for the propulsion of the bullet.
    • The bullet is a metal projectile, which will be shot out of the mouth of a firing cartridge.
    • The casing is a tube, typically made from brass, which contains and holds together the entire cartridge.
    • The primer is a special cap located in the head of the cartridge, which ignites the powder when struck by the firing pin.
    • The powder, or gunpowder, will explode when the gun is firing, generating the energy to propel the bullet forward.

As you look for bullets for Glock™ handguns, you can expect to see these key terms referenced regularly. Now that you’re familiar with what each one means, it’s much easier to be a confident and informed shopper.

Types of Ammunition

There are many different ammo types out there, with a handful that tend to be the most common:

  • .22 LR: Typically used for training and sports shooting, this rimfire cartridge is rarely paired with Glock™s.
  • 9mm: The most common caliber and widely-used ammo out there, the 9mm is often used as Glock™ ammo.
  • .380 ACP: Referred to as a “three-eighty,” this is usually seen in smaller handguns.
  • .40: Larger and slower than a 9mm, this ammo will generate more recoil.
  • .45 Auto: Even larger than a .40 caliber bullet, this ammo type increases the recoil factor even more.

Of these common types of ammo, many are frequently recommended for Glock™ handguns. A few types are not on this list because they are far rarer, though they may occasionally be suggested for use with a specific Glock™.

What Ammo Does a Glock™ Use?

The right ammo for a Glock™ will depend on the specific handgun’s identity. In other words, you’re going to need to learn a little bit about which Glock™ you have to know what ammo to use with it.

Some of the most popular handguns by Glock™ – and the ammo they use – include:

  • Glock™ 17: The well-known Glock™ 17 is one of Glock™’s smaller handguns. The correct ammo for a Glock™ 17 is 9mm, sometimes marked 9×19.
  • Glock™ 19: Considered the most popular Glock™ handgun, the Glock™ 19 uses 9mm ammo.
  • Glock™ 20: With a little extra power, the Glock™ 20 requires 10mm auto ammunition and isn’t seen quite as often.
  • Glock™ 21: This high-powered handgun takes .45 Auto ammo.
  • Glock™ 22: A standard-issue Glock™ 22 will be paired with .40 caliber ammunition.
  • Glock™ 23: Slightly more compact than the Glock™ 22, the 23 similarly uses .40 caliber ammo.
  • Glock™ 26: This impressively compact handgun (one of the most compact on the market today) requires 9mm ammo.

Do you have a Glock™ that’s not on this list? Don’t make the mistake of simply guessing which ammo it requires. No matter what model you’re working with, the correct ammunition is a must.

The good news is that it’s pretty difficult to get the wrong ammo to fit in and fire from a magazine or handgun it’s not compatible with. Generally, you’ll realize you’ve made an error when the ammo doesn’t even properly fit. That being said, it can be possible – through pretty unlikely – that you do fire the wrong bullets from a handgun. In that situation, the best-case scenario is faulty performance, while the worst-case scenario is a damaged firearm or even an injury to yourself.

So, above all, make sure you choose the right ammo every single time.

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Most Powerful Handguns

Originally, handguns were designed to be an easily portable means for self-defense in close-quarters combat – at the time, power wasn’t necessarily a priority. But fast-forward to modern-day handguns, and you can find more than a few high-powered options to choose from.

Although many gun owners still consider the handgun to be the go-to concealed-carry firearm for self-defense purposes, handguns have also become well-known as an exceptional weapon for hunting large game. So, it only makes sense that the world’s top gunmakers are leveling up the amount of power that is possible in a civilian handgun.

How the Power of a Handgun Can Be Measured

Before we introduce our picks for the most powerful civilian handguns on the market, let’s clarify a very important point: what’s the best way to measure how much power a handgun has?

You’ll often see a handgun’s muzzle velocity and energy used as the benchmark for power, but the pressure (pounds per square inch) generated in the barrel chamber is actually one of the most accurate determinants. 

That doesn’t mean that energy and muzzle velocity don’t come in handy when you’re shopping for the best handgun to add to your collection. It’s just useful to be aware of the true measure of an exceptionally formidable weapon.

The Most Powerful Handguns Available Today

1. Smith & Wesson Model 500, 500 S&W Magnum

Since its 2003 debut, the Smith & Wesson Model 500 has been among the best handguns for sale today. Equal parts reliable, accurate, and durable, the Model 500 is a single-action/double-action pistol. Thanks to its unparalleled accuracy, it’s an outstanding choice for both hunting and self-defense applications alike, and investment delivers impressive value.

2. Smith & Wesson Model 29, .44 Remington Magnum

Of course, the .44 Magnum is a must on any list of the most powerful handguns. It can drive a 304-grain bullet up to 1325 fps, producing 1188 four-pounds of energy – despite only totaling 36,000 psi. Granted, this is often categorized among the more divisive handgun options, mostly because a fair number of people don’t particularly enjoy shooting a full-power .44 Magnum. But even so, it’s a hard-hitting handgun that can take down a fully-grown African buffalo, so it’s not surprising there are plenty of dedicated fans.

3. Magnum Research BFR, .45/70 Government

Technically, the .45/70 Government isn’t considered a revolver cartridge, and the manufacturer didn’t intend it to be. Instead, it’s really a rifle cartridge in an extremely large revolver. It clocks in around 28,000 psi, so it’s not the most powerful handgun from a sole pressure standpoint. But when you consider that it can take a 500-grain bullet to 1150 fps, not to mention generate 1468 foot-pounds of energy at its muzzle, the Magnum Research BFR definitely deserved a spot on the list. 

4. Freedom Arms Model 83, 475 Linebaugh

The 475 Linebaugh is heralded as a highly powerful revolver cartridge, with 50,000 psi. It’s fairly comparable to the .44 Magnum, packing just a slightly more powerful punch. However, since it’s such a large caliber, you do have the advantage of a heavier bullet. A 420-grain projectile can hit 950 fps and produce 841 foot-pounds of energy, making for an ideal weapon for hunting large, dangerous game.

5. Ruger Super Redhawk, 454 Casull

First developed more than six decades ago, the 454 Casull has long been labeled as a bit of a wildcat cartridge – that is, until it was chambered with Ruger’s Super Redhawk in the late 1990s. Now, this dynamic duo is a staple for handgun hunters, specifically those taking aim at big game animals. Its 65,000 psi of chamber pressure pushes a 325-grain (.45-caliber) bullet up to 1525 fps, for 1678 foot-pounds of energy.

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Not sure how to pick the perfect pistol for you? The Matrix Arms team is always here to help you navigate our products to choose the ones that suit your unique needs.

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