- Manufacturer Fiocchi
- Condition New
- Bullet Weight 158gr
- Projectile Type JHP
- Ammo Use Type Self Defense
- Casing Type Nickel-Plated Brass
- Q & A
During the gangster era that followed the end of World War I, bootleggers and mafia members – who tended to be one and the same – learned they could easily defeat the handguns of the time by using their cars for cover. They also had their own protective vests, and everything they used easily overcame most ammunition. The first round to overcome those barriers was the .38 Super Automatic, which just barely edged into a high enough velocity to penetrate their cover. Seeing the need for a more powerful round – one that actually blew through barriers instead of just barely penetrating – a group of rather well-known men got together to make a new round: the .357 Magnum.
The .357 Magnum came out in 1934 as the result of that team effort, and the men behind it were Elmer Keith, Phillip Sharpe, and Colonel D.B. Wesson. It was Keith who was responsible for most of the cartridge’s development; not only did his handloading techniques make the round possible in the first place but it was topped by a Keith bullet. Some changes have been made along the way but the .357 Magnum retains many of those original features, and it’s a big, bad round capable of wreaking serious havoc both as a target and defense round.
This is 158 grain, putting it at the lighter end of the weight scale for the cartridge size. These are Fiocchi’s XTP – eXtreme Terminal Performance – rounds and deliver rapid energy transfer on impact and also begin to expand immediately. As they expand they slow down, creating a catastrophic wound track. Each round has a muzzle velocity of 1220 feet per second and muzzle energy of 522 foot-pounds. This ammunition is meant for self-defense, but it’s wise to spend time training with it as well. Defense rounds have more power than target rounds, making accuracy and follow-up shots more difficult, so you need to train with them to ensure your own performance in case you’re ever attacked. There are 500 rounds in this box of ammunition; although Fiocchi is headquartered in Lecco, Italy, they do have a plant in Ozark, Missouri, for U.S. distribution. Don’t wait until it’s too late; order now.
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