Originally Posted by Rick in Oregon
Welcome aboard there, Dave. Eight Kimbers here, and my Micro 9 goes with me daily if I'm not carrying one of my 1911's. You're sure to grow fond of yours.
My history mirrors yours....retired, LEO, but Navy NCO carrying my old Colt rattler in RVN in '66. Served me well, but I'll take one of my Kimbers now also, thank you.
Let us know what ammo you intend to carry, and what carry method you choose. Inquiring minds want to know.
Thanks to each of you for the welcome comments, appreciate it!
Rick, I’m pretty sold on Winchester Ranger T-Series RA9T 9mm 147 gr JHP ammo for all my 9mm handguns.
Prior to making the switch, I was using Hornady Flex Tip, but after my son’s Police Department made the switch from .40 cal Glocks to 9mm Glocks, I was curious about what 9mm ammo they decided to go with. After the department’s full time Rangemaster/Armorer conducted a lot of testing on various ammo that would be best for police duty use, the department went with Winchester Ranger T-Series RA9T JHP after it scored the best in all his testing for (a) penetration, even with heavier winter type clothing, and (b) expansion criteria to where the chances of a round exiting and hitting an innocent bystander would be minimized.
A video on u-tube by a Winchester rep claims that Winchester 9mm ammo (PDX1, 147 grain JHP) was selected by the FBI after excelling in all their testing procedures, and a google search provides a lot of information to back up that claim. In the same video, the Winchester rep claims that the Ranger T-Series ammo works well in short barreled handguns. I can verify that it works well in my Kimber Ultra II, and my Glock models 26 and 43. My son’s department went with 118 grain, I chose the 147 grain after studying why the FBI chose 147 grain.
I am certainly no ‘expert’ on the highly technical aspects of handgun ammunition, so extensive testing and evaluation performed by law enforcement agencies was a big help in my selection of ammunition for personal defense use.
When Winchester first produced the Ranger T-Series, is was marketed for law enforcement use, now anyone can purchase it.... if you can find it in stock. When I located it online, I made a bulk purchase, so I’m well stocked for a while. I also made the switch to the same brand for my .45 ACP 1911’s.
Sadly, I still haven’t made it to the range with my new Micro 9 (Nightfall). My latest back surgery was number 14, and the results have not been good. I’m unable to stand for more than 5 minutes at a time without pain so severe, I can’t find adequate words to describe it. I’ll post a review on that range visit with the Micro 9 when it happens.