Recently I came across Freedom Munitions, an Idaho based company specializing in both new and remanufactured ammunition. Initially I was skeptical. They are not a huge company. They do reloads. There is not a lot of information on them other than their paid commercials and paid 3 gun sponsors. And these days, anyone with reasonable prices on ammo seems to be suspect. So, with curiosity and their price point getting the better of me, I ordered some of their SuperMatch Precision Ammunition in 9mm. This particular load comes in a 124 grain hollow point.
I know what you are thinking! Who runs hollow points for match-grade ammo? This does go against tradition, but it is not automatically anathema! What if you could use the same ammunition for target / competition shooting that you use for self-defense? You would get consistent performance no matter what the scenario. This is assuming, of course, the Super Match ammo is good enough for self-defense. Be honest, how many self-defense rounds do you shoot annually? With every trigger squeeze costing a buck or two, I’d guess most of us do not shoot enough of it. But what if you could? This idea got me excited!
My shipment of Super Match ammo arrived in a reasonable time frame with good packaging and it was time to head out to the range. I grabbed my brand new Gen 4 Glock 19 and a few boxes of Super Match and it was pew pew time! I decided to treat the gun like a new gun owner who didn’t read his manual so I made sure not to clean or lube the Glock before testing. Although I did check to make sure the barrel was safely clear of debris or excess factory lube.
My first test was to check the functionality of the ammo in a brand new weapon. This consisted of various hand positions and rates of fire as I worked my way through a few 15 round mags. No FTF’s or hiccups of any kind – just one bang after another with spent brass flying 3-5 feet to my 4 o’clock. There were no stove pipes or any other functional issues.
Next, I slowed things down a bit to check accuracy. Again, I was duly impressed. The ammo grouped well at 15 yards out of the Glock’s 4.01” barrel. Several rounds were touching and the entire group could be covered by an orange. I shot this group with a two handed grip and isosceles stance, and am sure even better groups could be produced from a bench rest. The recoil is not unpleasant and very manageable for shooters of all sizes. So far, this new ammo was 2 for 2!
After a good first run I decided to Let the Glock sit uncleaned for a couple of weeks and take it and the ammo back out to the range. This trip included reactive targets, clays, and the like. Nothing negative to report, just another fun day at the range! I am beginning to not only like this ammo, but I am also starting to trust it.
But what about this ammo as a self defense round? In a self-defense situation, reliability is top priority. The Super Match is batting a thousand in that department. We have all heard that speed is fine, but accuracy is final. Again, the Super Match gets the nod. The only aspect of this hollow point that I feel needs further testing for SD applications is its penetration and expansion. In all fairness, this round is not being marketed as a SD round. However, I am willing to do some ballistics gel testing if enough of you are interested. Let me hear from you below!
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