You know that conversation you have amongst your friends that all carry a concealed handgun? The one where your buddy asks: “What kind of gun do you carry?” You tell him what type of handgun you carry, and you discuss what he carries. But, that question usually leads to another question: “So you’re carrying that handgun, but what type of ammo are you packing it with?”
I’m sure you’ve been there, we all have… at least all of us who carry concealed firearms have. When you answer, the person asking always has to tell you what they carry and what ammo they have in it. From there, Speer Gold Dots are often the rounds trusted in that concealed carry pistol.
In case you don’t know why, it’s because the Gold Dot Hollow Point round is a very reliable and well-made round. It does exactly what its supposed to and performs as advertised. But really, the popular Gold Dot Hollow Point line of ammo from Speer is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the history and the products that they offer.
Speer Ammunition History
In 1943, Vernon Speer saw the need for quality cartridge components. It was widely known that the ammo companies of that period wouldn’t sell bullets to civilian shooters because of World War II. The average shooter couldn’t simply acquire the cartridge reloading parts they needed for their cases. So, Vernon Speer solved that problem. He started making ammunition components, specifically, hunting rifle bullets.
Even though Speer’s initial offerings were hunting rifle bullets, his jacketed handgun bullets were specifically designed for hunting and could also serve law enforcement purposes. Taking notice of law enforcement ammunition requirements and what was available, in 1960 he loaded some of his mass-produced jacketed handgun bullets into previously loaded cases.
These complete cartridges would come to be known as the Lawman line of cartridges. Even though they were originally brought to market in the 1960’s, the Lawman line has grown and evolved with the years. Today, the Speer ammo line exists under the Vista Outdoors umbrella along with well-known companies such as Federal Premium, Independence, American Eagle, CCI, and many other brands.
Today, Speer is based alongside CCI in Lewiston, Idaho.
Specialized Bullets for Discerning Shooters
If you are the type of shooter that not only prefers custom loaded rounds, but also loads them yourself using time-proven components you chose yourself, then the Speer bullets are perfect for you. Speer manufactures bullets for self-defense, varmint, target shooting, and hunting. Multiple calibers are available, and plenty of grain weights are also available.
Training and Duty Ammo from Speer
Speer offers multiple cartridge lines for training and duty purposes, including the famous Speer LE Gold Dot Duty Ammunition, the Speer LE Gold Dot G2 Duty Handgun line, Speer LE Gold Dot Short Barrel Duty Ammunition, Lawman RHT Ammo, Lawman Clean-Fire Ammo, and Lawman Ammo.
For bulk shooters looking to train, the Speer Lawman ammo line has many special features that make it a smart choice. Lawman features reloadable brass cases, clean burning powders, the awesome CCI primers, and the solid lead core bullet has a one-piece copper jacket or TMJ.
Speer for Self-Defense
The Speer Gold Dot LE Hollow Point round has many important features that separate it from the pack as well. It features a Uni-Cor Electrochemical process that bonds the core of the bullet to the jacket, an alloyed lead core, a nickel-plated brass case, clean burn powders, and the always reliable CCI primer system. With over 20 years of use in the law enforcement world, and multiple departments that use their rounds daily, it’s easy to see why they are popular among officers. There is a good reason why Speer Gold Dot LE cartridges are the number one choice of police departments and government agencies across the United States. Find out for yourself today.
1000 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Speer Lawman - 115gr TMJI have been using Speer 9mm and 40 S&W pistol ammo almost exclusively for the past 7-8 yrs after finding it a clean and reliable. I do not reload. I buy 1000 rd blocks and have fired more than 18K rds of Speer Lawman. The last several boxes (of a 1000rd block purchased April 2019) of Speer 115gr 9mm have shown a distinct difference from prior loads. The ammo is dirtier, noticeably higher carbon residue, and shows tattle tale sparkler offshoots from the muzzle flash. Pistols fired are a Glock 17, G17L and SIG P210, not short barreled pistols. Apparently Speer has changed it's propellant and I'll be looking for another mfr.(Posted on 05/13/2019)
1000 Rounds of .38 Spl Ammo by Speer Lawman - 158gr TMJFar better accuracy than one should expect, for the price. The shadow of Gold Dot.(Posted on 04/01/2019)
1000 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Speer - 147gr TMJI’ve ran nearly 2000 rounds of this ammo through a suppressed Glock 19 and haven’t had any issues. Just bang! The casings look slightly tarnished but that seems to be normal/consistent for this brand as each box has been the same. I would highly recommend this ammo and I plan on buying more in the near future.(Posted on 01/02/2019)
50 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Speer - 124gr TMJ RNSpeer 9mm TMJ is clean, reliable and performance is consistent. Highly recommended.(Posted on 01/01/2019)
1000 Rounds of .40 S&W Ammo by Speer - 165gr TMJI have been using Speer for more than 10 yrs. I fire about 2000-2500 rds per year. I settled on Speer after some of my own testing and feedback from other shooter/instructors. I prefer 165gr 40 to heavier 180gr and also use Speer for my 9mm in either a 115 or 124gr. My Glocks and Sigs have never had an issue with this mfr. It's clean, shows the lower muzzle flash of a well burning powder, has absolutely dependable performance, costs a little more but it worth it. I've had my Glock firing pin break and had to re-barrel several of my pistol due to wear, never had a failure to cycle, feed of stove pipe which I attribute to regular firearm maintenance (grease on the high friction slide areas and light oil on the rest). Use FMJ for training, practice then and burn off my ready duty JHP magazined loads after about 18months or so and replace it. Highly recommend Speer, if you have an issue with this ammo study your firearms maintenance upkeep.(Posted on 01/01/2019)
1000 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Speer - 147gr TMJAs the summary says I've run 2000 rounds of this ammo through my M&P 2.0 4.25" with absolutely no failures, and this is some of the cleanest firing ammo I've ever used.(Posted on 12/08/2018)
20 Rounds of .380 ACP Ammo by Speer - 90gr JHPI load this for self defense, and have shot a hundred rounds or so through a Walther PPK .38 and a Beretta 84FS. Never had a FTF, jam or problem of any sort. Accuracy is as good as each weapon can offer. I like the profile of the projectile since the PPK can be a bit picky about the auto-load with some ammo. It has never jammed with this round.(Posted on 10/10/2018)
1000 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Speer Lawman - 115gr TMJHave fired several hundred rounds through a CZ SP01, Sig-Sauer P226, and Browning Hi-power. No problems in the CZ or the Sig, but repeated failure to feed with the BHP. No problems firing Blazer, American Eagle, or Winchester through the Browning. Bulk Ammo has consistently delivered orders rapidly and accurately, with good prices. With the Speer, it seems that my Browning is finicky towards it, but it eats everything else I get from Bulk Ammo.(Posted on 08/26/2018)
50 Rounds of .45 ACP + P Ammo by Speer Lawman - 200gr TMJThe Speer Lawman line is usually high-end TMJ/FMJ ammo available in a few popular semi-auto calibers. I am spoiled by 200-grain rounds with that additional pressure and only found one or two boutique manufacturers that make 200 grain .45 ACP +P defense ammo. I won't pay the prices asked these days for them. If money was no object, I would like these for target practice and likely a bunch of 200-grain boutique .45 ACP +P JHP, SCHP, Bonded JHPS, solid copper slugs, etc. I practice with +P and usually the round I will choose to trust my life with. Buying here and using good ammo allows a compromise that .45 ACP costs often require. Best TMJ/FMJ ever.(Posted on 07/12/2018)
1000 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Speer Gold Dot - +P 124gr JHPThis handles well in the H&K VP9 and Glock 19 gen 4 pistols factory parts. I think to reap the benefits from the +P ammo, ~4" barrels are necessary. Very mild compared to some boutique ammo.(Posted on 07/02/2018)