45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) Ammo is a popular handgun cartridge that is perfect to use in legendary 1911 pistols. These hard-hitting rounds are well-known around the world for both stopping power and reliability. The muzzle energy of 45 ACP ammo ranges between 300 and 500 ft. which is higher than most 9mm cartridges. Introduced in 1904 by John Moses Browning, this rimless straight-walled handgun standard cartridge operates at a low chamber pressure rating of 21,000 psi.
Ballistic Properties of 45 ACP Ammo:
Bullet Weight / Type
185 grain / Bonded Defense
1,225 feet / second
185 grain / Jacketed Hollow Point
1,050 feet / second
200 grain / Jacketed Hollow Point +Pressurized
1,080 feet / second
230 grain / Federal Hydra-Shok
900 feet / second
230 grain / US Army Ball Full Metal Jacket
830 feet / second
45 ACP Ammo is available from 68 grains to 300 grains. Rounds under 100 grains and over 260 grains are specialty rounds. 186-grain and 230 grain are the perfect for reloaders and target shooters. A 230 grain round travels at about 830 ft/second when fired using a 1911 pistol.
45 ACP Ammo Specification:
Case type: straight, Rimless,
Bullet diameter: 11.5 mm (.452 in)
Neck diameter: 12.0 mm (.473 in)
Base diameter: 12.1 mm (.476 in)
Rim diameter: 12.2 mm (.480 in)
Rim thickness: 1.2 mm (.049 in)
Case length: 22.8 mm (.898 in)
Overall length: 32.4 mm (1.275 in)
Case capacity: 1.73 cm3 (26.7 gr H2O)
Rifling twist: 406 mm
Maximum pressure (CIP): 19,900 psi (137 MPa)
Maximum pressure (SAAMI): 21,000 psi (140 MPa)
The .10mm Auto Ammo is a powerful semi-automatic cartridge for pistols designed and introduced to the markets in 1983. Although being selected by the FBI in 1989, it was decommissioned because of the heavy recoil, which made the cartridge unsuitable for training average agents and police officers. Also, the chamber of the pistols for the .10mm Auto Ammo was too large for individuals with small hands. A former cartridge design was powered up, which resulted in a very powerful bullet that can retain a flat trajectory and high energy of a magnum cartridge for revolvers in a short, versatile rimless bullet for a semi-automatic pistol. The .10mm Auto Ammo produces a slightly higher energy level than the .357 Magnum Ammo at the maximum potential. The overall length of the .10mm Auto Ammo is 32mm, and the bullet diameter is 10.17mm. The 155-grain bullet variant of the .10mm Auto Ammo can travel at a velocity of 1,500 feet per second and creates an energy level of 775 ft.lbf.
The .10mm Auto Ammo was first designed and developed by United States Marine Jeff Cooper in 1983.
The .10mm Auto Ammo has three main uses. Hunting, defense, and tactical purposes. This cartridge is widely used for white-tailed deer hunting. The FBI and many law enforcement in the US still use the .10mm Auto Ammo for their operations.