Is Buffalo Bore 10MM to much for Urban Carry (CCW)?
Recently I have been in debates about 10MM as personal protection. Unfortunately, I seem to be the only one that thinks it is safe to carry 10MM for protection against 2 legged predators. I discovered Buffalo Bore now makes a product in 10MM -- Tactical Low Recoil Low Flash with a 155gr all copper projectile.
During all of these conversations, three statements continued to be repeated, by those that vehemently disagreed with me on the 10MM urban carry topic.
1) The 10MM over penetrates and not safe in urban environments, it should only be used backwoods country against bears.
2) The 10MM has to much recoil for quick follow up shots. (that's why the FBI got rid of it)
3) Factory 10MM is nothing but watered down 40S&W (short and weak) why would I fight the brutal recoil of the 10MM for velocities I can achieve with the 40S&W.
Most of these debates were with people that I believe have minimal real-world experience with 10MM, no disrespect intended. I by no means consider myself to be the 10MM expert. Though I have spent many hours learning, testing and firing a lot factory and developing my own 10MM reloads for the purpose of documenting and continuous learning. This testing can be found at the 10MM Loading Depot at http://www.dayattherange.com
This evaluation will be added to that data for future tracking. This ammunition exceeded my expectations, especially with recoil. For the speed achieved I expected recoil to be much harsher, but it was not. Maybe there will be a video #2 that test this ammunition with the shot timer. My only concern is penetration. This projectile did fully expand but penetrated 19 inches of clear ballistics gel.
12 to 18 inches of penetration in clear ballistics gel without denim is my lens of perfect penetrating depth for self-defense ammunition.
Weight Retention After Firing Into Ballistics Gel
The TAC XP retained all of its weight after firing.